Jeff Blashill said everything went wrong, and he wasn't exaggerating.

The Detroit Red Wings turned in a dreadful performance, losing 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at Little Caesars Arena, and the third-year coach was as irate as he has been since stepping behind the bench.

"It was a brutal effort," Blashill said. "I thought it was an embarrassing effort, not even close to the level of competitiveness you have to have. We should be embarrassed of ourselves, from me at the top all the way on down. We got out-competed, outworked, out-detailed.

"We said at the beginning of camp we got to separate ourselves by outworking teams, out-competing teams, out-detailing teams. We got out-competed, outworked, out-detailed. Every facet of the game."

The Red Wings (4-4-1) are winless in four (0-3-1). They were outshot 37-21 and were listless from the drop the puck. The second period was especially ugly as the Canucks (4-3-1) outshot them 18-6 and scored three unanswered goals.

How does a team that believes it played well this week against three tough opponents (Tampa Bay, Toronto, Washington) look so uninspired against a club many projected to be near the bottom of the NHL? Blashill had no explanation.