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DETROIT -- Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson combined for a shutout and left winger Justin Abdelkader scored both goals in the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Howard made 16 saves in two periods after Gustavsson stopped eight shots before leaving after the first period because he felt dizzy. Gustavsson is a member of the Swedish Olympic Team.

Eddie Lack made 28 saves for Vancouver.

Canucks coach John Tortorella returned from his 15-day suspension, without pay, for charging the Calgary Flames locker room following the first period of a game Jan. 18 that included several fights. He missed six games, in which Vancouver went 1-4-1.

He was contrite after his team's game-day skate on Monday morning.

"It hasn't been a great two weeks," Tortorella said. "It's been very embarrassing for my family, myself and, more importantly, everybody else around me that I'm supposed to represent."

Abdelkader opened the scoring 1:08 into the second period when his harmless-looking wrist shot from above the left circle eluded Lack. Abdelkader added his second goal, and eighth of the season, into an empty net in the final minute that was a power-play goal.

Lack stopped Red Wings center Darren Helm on a shorthanded breakaway and the rebound with a little under three minutes left.

Vancouver didn't get its first shot of the third period until 5:36 remained.

Lack made a big stop on Red Wings left winger Tomas Tatar's point-blank backhand shot with a little over 9:20 left in the third period.

Howard stopped Canucks left winger David Booth's penalty shot 4:41 into the middle period. Lack stopped Detroit left winger Drew Miller on a shorthanded breakaway with about 3:35 left in the first period.

NOTE: Detroit RW Gustav Nyquist was named to the Swedish Olympic Team as a replacement for fellow Red Wings RW Johan Franzen, who won't be able to play due to post-concussion syndrome. ... Vancouver obtained D Raphael Diaz from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for RW Dale Weise earlier Monday. ... The Red Wings were without Franzen, C Pavel Datsyuk (leg) and C Stephen Weiss (groin). ... Canucks C Henrik Sedin returned after missing six games with an upper-body injury. ... Vancouver C Ryan Kesler is from the Detroit-area suburb of Livonia, and Canucks LW David Booth is from Detroit and played at Michigan State. ... Detroit played its last home game before the Olympic break. The Red Wings' next game at Joe Louis Arena is March 6. ... The Canucks play the Bruins in Boston on Tuesday, while the Red Wings play the Panthers in Florida on Thursday.
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