Howard’s 36 saves lead Red Wings past Canucks

Detroit Red Wings, Jimmy Howard
Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) reaches for the puck next to Red Wings defenseman Mike Green (25) and Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin (22) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Detroit.

DETROIT (AP) — Jimmy Howard stopped 36 shots and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Thursday night.

Dylan Larkin, Brendan Smith and Steve Ott scored for Detroit. Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, matched against Canucks captain and fellow Swede Henrik Sedin most of the game, had two assists.

Daniel Sedin scored for Vancouver, which is 1-9-1 in its last 11 games. Ryan Miller made 24 saves.

Miller made a spectacular stop after he began to leave the crease for an extra attacker. Zetterberg got a hold of the puck in the neutral zone and lobbed a shot at the almost-empty net, but Miller made a glove save while diving to his right.

Daniel Sedin cut it to 2-1 at 3:14 of the third period. He finished off a pretty back-and-forth passing play with twin brother Henrik by beating Howard with a shot from the bottom of the left circle. It was Daniel Sedin’s fifth goal.

The Sedins were not matched against Zetterberg’s line for the goal.

Ott’s first goal with the Red Wings restored Detroit’s two-goal lead with 4:46 left. He tipped in defenseman Jonathan Ericsson’s shot from the left point.

Detroit led 2-0 after the first.

Larkin opened the scoring 32 seconds into the game when he put in the rebound of Zetterberg’s shot. It was Larkin’s team-leading fifth goal.

Smith made it 2-0 with 1:47 left in the opening period. His slap shot from the point in the middle of the ice trickled through Miller for his second goal.

NOTES: Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou left after the first period with a lower-body injury. He took a hit from Canucks defenseman Nikita Tryamkin. . Vancouver sent forward Jake Virtanen to its American Hockey League affiliate, the Utica Comets, on Wednesday. Virtanen has one assist in 10 games. . Detroit’s healthy scratches were D Xavier Ouellet, D Ryan Sproul and LW Drew Miller, the brother of Vancouver G Ryan Miller. . Canucks scratches were D Alex Biega and D Philip Larsen.

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Canucks: Host the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

Red Wings: At the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.