The Vancouver Canucks used good goaltending and a little luck to get their first regular season win in Detroit in nearly six years.

Dan Cloutier stopped 30 shots and five more Detroit shots hit either a post or the crossbar last night as the Canucks defeated the Red Wings, 4-1.

"It was one of those nights where the puck found the post for me," Cloutier said. "It's a good feeling."

Bryan Allen scored the go-ahead goal for Vancouver, which won its first regular season game in Detroit since Feb. 6, 1997.

The Canucks beat the defending Stanley Cup champions twice at Joe Louis Arena during the first round of last season's Stanley Cup playoffs and won at Vancouver earlier this season.

"Last year, we think we should have had a [series] win in the playoffs," Matt Cooke said. "So we came in here with something to prove."

Sergei Fedorov hit a post on two separate shots, Tomas Holmstrom hit one on a penalty shot with 3 minutes 38 seconds left and Darren McCarty and Luc Robitaille each also hit a post.

* FLYERS 4, RANGERS 2: After first-place Philadelphia fell behind by two goals to last-place New York, Flyers Coach Ken Hitchcock had strong words for his squad. They responded with a road win.

"It's not for The Family Channel," Hitchcock said of his tongue-lashing that came after the Flyers were outshot 18-8 in the game's first 20 minutes.

Michal Handzus snapped a tie with just 5:04 left and captain Keith Primeau scored twice.

"I can't use his version," Primeau said about Hitchcock's tirade. "He challenged my line, me personally, and I deserved it because we weren't very good in the first period. It was an open challenge to the whole club and we responded."

* ISLANDERS 4, THRASHERS 1: Alexei Yashin scored in consecutive games for the first time since the second and third games this season and added a third-period assist, helping visiting New York end Atlanta's three-game winning streak.

Thrashers Coach Bob Hartley lost for the first time since he was hired last Tuesday. Atlanta has never won four straight games in its four-year history.