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NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Detroit



(Wednesday, March 3rd)

Final Score: Vancouver 6, Detroit 3

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Ryan Kesler collected a pair of goals, while Daniel and Henrik Sedin each posted three assists as Vancouver downed Detroit, 6-3, at Joe Louis Arena.

Sami Salo, Alex Burrows, Mikael Samuelsson and Kyle Wellwood also scored for the Canucks, who have won four of their last five and continue their NHL- record 14-game road trip in Chicago on Friday.

Roberto Luongo stopped 28-of-31 shots for the win.

Jason Williams, Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen tallied for the Red Wings, whose two-game win streak, including a 3-2 win at Colorado on Monday, was snapped.

Jimmy Howard was tagged for four goals on 21 shots in defeat. Chris Osgood finished the game by yielding two goals on 12 shots.

"We were poor, we were poor in goal, poor in the back end, poor on the front line, poor work ethic. Bottom line, we didn't look like a team that's dying to be in the playoffs," said Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

Kesler slipped a shot past Howard for a 1-0 Canucks edge 3:34 into the contest, but a Williams right-wing blast beat Luongo at 14:50.

However, Burrows tipped in a Daniel Sedin pass at the top of the crease for a 2-1 Vancouver edge 90 seconds later.

Zetterberg tied the game at the 1:47 mark of the second, zipping a shot home from a sharp angle along the left wing, but Wellwood snapped a high shot past Howard on a breakaway at 7:11.

Salo's seeing-eye point shot on a power play got by a screened Howard for a 4-2 Vancouver edge at 11:33 and Osgood was called from the bench, then Samuelsson welcomed the veteran with a successful wrister with 2 1/2 to play in the period.

Kesler's second of the game, a power-play score 6:35 into the third, provided a 6-2 lead for the visitors.

Franzen notched a power-play score with 4:47 left in regulation to cap the scoring.

Game Notes

The Red Wings had won both previous meetings this season and three in a row...Zetterberg's tally was his 200th career goal, all with Detroit...The Canucks hadn't won in Detroit since a 4-3 overtime decision on October 16, 2008...Both teams made deals at the trade deadline, with Vancouver sending veteran defenseman Mathieu Schneider to Phoenix for a minor-league defenseman, then dealing for forward Yan Stastny from St. Louis for a minor-league prospect, and acquiring defenseman Andrew Alberts from Carolina for a third- round pick in 2010...Detroit made a minor transaction with the Rangers, acquiring forward Jordan Owens for forward Kris Newbury, and also sent defenseman Andy Delmore to Calgary for forward Riley Armstrong.

03/04 01:38:00 ET


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