Detroit Red Wings’ recent tailspin continues in 4-1 loss vs. Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver Canucks center Brandon Sutter, right, tries to hold Red Wings center Dylan Larkin off the puck during the first period Sunday in Detroit. (AP photo)

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Derek Dorsett has helped turn Vancouver’s first trip of the season into a successful one.
Dorsett scored his fourth goal of the trip, and the Canucks used a dominant second period to pull away for a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
“He’s been amazing for us,” teammate Sven Baertschi said. “He’s literally doing everything, and it’s fun seeing him scoring goals. Right now it’s just that feeling, whenever he has the puck and he’s going down and shooting, it’s just that feeling that that puck might go in.”
Baertschi scored twice for the Canucks, and Jake Virtanen added a goal as well. Vancouver scored three times in the second, outshooting the Red Wings 18-6 in the period.
The Canucks started the season with four home games and went 1-2-1. They’re 3-1 so far on this five-game trip.
Anthony Mantha scored the only goal for the Red Wings, tying it 1-1 late in the first. Detroit has lost four in a row, and coach Jeff Blashill didn’t mince words on a night his team was outshot 37-21.
“It was a brutal effort. I thought it was an embarrassing effort, not even close to the level of competitiveness you have to have,” Blashill said. “We should be embarrassed of ourselves, from me at the top all the way on down. We got outcompeted, outworked, outdetailed.”
Vancouver opened the scoring when Bo Horvat’s shot was deflected and trickled right to Baertschi in front of the net. He stickhandled around goalie Jimmy Howard and backhanded the puck in.
Mantha’s equalizer came on a wrist shot from the top of the left circle.