It's funny that you mention Detroit because our coach has said on numerous occasions that the Canucks run the exact same system as them with minor tweaks. What you said about the Wings is patently false by the way. If you can show me video of the Wings sending in two-three forecheckers in with a two goal lead in the 3rd period I'd love to see it.
Every single team plays a passive, low risk system when they have a comfortable lead, even your Stars, I've seen them do it numerous times. If you want to call it the trap fine, every team in the NHL plays the trap by your definition, including your Stars. Canucks have one of the more aggressive forechecks in the league and activate their defense far more than the Stars appear to do. This is why they have been amongst the highest scoring teams in the NHL for the past few seasons.
Anyway, I'm not here to troll so I'll let you have the last word, I just think the term "trap" has become a crutch for people on HF when their team falls behind. I hate it when my fan base does it too.
I call what the Stars do a prevent because they send literally no forecheckers. But even with a 1-2 goal lead, they tend to send two guys until the final 5 minutes or so.
The Canucks were trapping the entire third period, and in my watching, their system tonight was far closer to those 98/99 Stars teams than it was to what the Wings do now. And again, if it works, it works. I learned the game watching the Stars trap their way to being the best team in the league. It's damn effective.
It wasn't meant as a slam at the Canucks. Just an observation. It's materially different from what the Wings run (which is more true possession denial rather than the strip-and-dump-then-strip-again that Vancouver did tonight) and I haven't seen it to quite that extent in a while on a team that's as talented offensively as Vancouver.