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Red Wings' power play KO's Canucks

The defending Stanley Cup champions scored all three of their goals with the man advantage to skate to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks Sunday night at General Motors Place in Vancouver.

The Detroit Red Wings showed the Vancouver Canucks why they own the NHL's best power play Sunday night at General Motors Place in Vancouver.

The defending Stanley Cup champions scored all three of their goals with the man advantage to skate to a 3-2 win over the Canucks.

Henrik Zetterberg and Mikael Samuelsson led the way with a goal and an assist each. Defenceman Brian Rafalski scored Detroit's other marker.

Goaltender Chris Osgood was solid between the pipes for Detroit, stopping 25 Vancouver shots. The Red Wings (8-2-2) finish a five-game road trip with a 3-1-1 record.

Detroit came into the contest scoring on the power play at a 30.4 per cent clip, a figure that increased following a 3-for-5 performance against Vancouver.

The Canucks struggled in all facets of their special teams unit. Not only did they allow the first three power-play goals on home ice this season, but the team also went 0-7 with its man advantage.

The loss snaps a two-game winning streak for Vancouver (6-6-0), which was coming off a thrilling 7-6 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Henrik Sedin and Kyle Wellwood scored for the Canucks while Roberto Luongo finished the game with 20 saves.

The Wings got started on the power-play barrage at 13:30 of the first following Vancouver defenceman Sami Salo's inability to clear the puck out of his own end.

Samuelsson took a Zetterberg pass and whipped a shot to the glove side of Luongo.

Detroit struck again 6:29 into the second as Rafalski's point shot went off Vancouver centre Ryan Johnson for a 2-0 Detroit lead.

Vancouver came within a goal almost four minutes later with the aid of the Sedin twin. After the Canucks won the draw, Daniel Sedin fed a quick backhand pass from behind the net to brother Henrik, who buried a shot by Osgood.

However, the Wings regained a two-goal advantage on their third power-play marker of the game.

With the Canucks down two men, Zetterberg cut toward the Vancouver net before squeezing the puck between the right arm of Luongo and the post.

Wellwood brought the Canucks back at 7:20 of the third just as the team's power play expired, raising the puck from the slot over a sprawled Osgood.

But the Detroit netminder came up big in third, making 12 saves including a point-blank shot by Vancouver centre Ryan Kesler with more than five minutes remaining.

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