The Vancouver Canucks are going to the playoffs. For at least four games.

The National Hockey League team clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup tournament with a 2-1 shootout win tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. But the performance, although filled with tension and effort, didn't offer much encouragement about how the Canucks will fare when the post-season begins just over a week from now.

Vancouver, which has struggled in the third period in recent games, was outshot 17-2 in the final 20 minutes of regulation time and needed a handful of excellent saves from Cory Schneider to get anything from the game.

The Canucks collected both points when Max Lapierre was the only player to score in the shootout.

The Canucks, who led in all five games on their just-completed road trip but won only twice, took another 1-0 lead at 12:15 on the first period when Alex Edler blasted it in on a power play. Derek Roy won an offensive-zone faceoff and one pass later Edler one-timed a point shot through Alex Burrows' goalmouth screen and past goalie Jimmy Howard.