VANCOUVER, B.C. – Mikael Samuelsson, Brian Rafalski and Henrik Zetterberg scored on Detroit’s first three power plays Sunday as the Red Wings ended a two-game stumble with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
The Red Wings drew penalties by creating several scoring chances against a listless Vancouver club that was constantly in trouble in its own zone for 40 minutes and were 0-7 with the man advantage.
Zetterberg, who had a seven-game points streak snapped Thursday in a 4-2 loss to San Jose, scored his eighth goal of the season.
The flashy forward, who also set up Samuelsson, was out with a groin injury when the Canucks scored a 4-3 overtime win in Detroit on Oct. 16.
Henrik Sedin and Kyle Wellwood, with his fourth goal in six games since being called up from the minors, made it close in the third period as the Canucks stormed the Detroit net.
The defending Stanley Cup Champions had lost twice in a row after a 7-1-1 start but improved to 8-2-2 with the victory that concluded a five-game road trip.
Detroit ended a modest two-game Canuck win streak as Vancouver dropped to 6-6-0.
Samuelsson, who goaded Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa into a roughing penalty, opened the scoring on the ensuing power play when he fired over the glove of goalie Roberto Luongo.
The goal came after several Vancouver defensive zone turnovers. Luongo robbed Marian Hossa on a tip-in try and Dan Cleary off a face-off win. A Zetterberg backhand rattled off the post.
Luongo blocked Jiri Hudler’s rebound shot and Niklas Kronwall’s blast from the slot in the second period before Rafalski made it 2-0 on Detroit’s second power play.
Rafalski got his second goal in two games when his point blast deflected off Canuck Ryan Johnson who tried to block the drive.
Henrik Sedin cut the margin in half when he went hard to the net to poke brother Daniel’s backhand pass from behind the net past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood.
Zetterberg made it three for three on the Wings’ power play after cross-checking penalties to Willie Mitchell and Sami Salo created a two-man advantage for one minute 35 seconds.
The Detroit centre was allowed to skate out of the corner to Luongo’s crease and score on a backhand to restore the two-goal lead entering the third period.
Wellwood got Vancouver to within a goal three seconds after a Canuck power play ended when he scooped Salo’s rebound past a diving Osgood.
Notes: Mattias Ohlund played his 700th NHL game, all in Vancouver livery … he’s 71 games behind Harold Snepsts, the all-time Canuck leader for defencemen … Canuck winger Jannik Hansen was sidelined with a groin injury suffered Friday in Anaheim … Vancouver plays Nashville on Tuesday to continue a season-high six-game homestand … the Canucks opened their season with eight of their first eleven games on the road.