VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Christopher Higgins and Cody Hodgson scored 21 seconds apart in the first period Wednesday, igniting the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-2 win over Detroit.
The Canucks won their third straight and their 12th in 15 games. Detroit had won five of its previous six.
Roberto Luongo fought off a typically difficult challenge from the Red Wings, stopping 39 shots. Detroit is third in the NHL in shots on goal, having moved past the 1,100 mark for the season during Wednesday's game.
Howard allowed the four goals on 26 shots.