The Red Wings much discussed and criticized power play awoke Sunday against Vancouver.

Trailing to begin the second period, the Wings scored three power-play goals in the middle 20 minutes to lead them to an 8-3 victory over the Canucks.

Daniel Cleary (fourth goal, 2:57), Henrik Zetterberg (sixth goal, 15:10), and Damien Brunner (ninth, 19:18) scored the second-period goals, erasing a 3-2 Vancouver lead and making Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo's evening one to forget.

"It's great to see the power play get rewarded," coach Mike Babcock said. "We talked about staying mentally tough and sticking to our plan. Our guys did a real good job.

"The puck bounced for us. Sometimes you need puck luck and the puck bounced to our sticks and off people and deflected off people."

Luongo, who came into the game with the league's best save percentage (.941), allowed eight goals on 28 shots.

"It doesn't matter who is in net, you have to play every goalie like any goalie," said forward Damien Brunner, who scored his second of the game in the third period, giving him 10 goals for the season. Brunner added two assists for his first four-point game. "If he gets in your head, you're not going to be able to score.

"Obviously we're happy our power play came up this time. It's something we can take out of this game and gives us confidence."

Joakim Andersson added two third-period goals and Brunner added his second goal of the game. Jordin Tootoo and Niklas Kronwall scored in the first period.

Zetterberg, Jonathan Ericsson, Kronwall and Pavel Datsyuk all had two assists.

"It was fun to see the puck go in," said Zetterberg, who scored his first goal in 11 games. "We'd been struggling a little bit and didn't get rewarded, but we got it today."



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130224/SPORTS0103/302240352#ixzz2LvBAfTlx