Kesler scores twice, Luongo makes 28 saves in Canucks' 6-3 win over Red Wings

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DETROIT - Ryan Kesler scored twice, and gold-medal winning Canadian goalie Roberto Luongo made 28 saves to help the Vancouver Canucks beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-3 on Wednesday night.

Alex Burrows, Kyle Wellwood, Sami Salo and Mikael Samuelsson also scored, and Henrik and Daniel Sedin each had three assists.

Jason Williams, Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen scored for Detroit. Jimmy Howard made 17 saves before being pulled in favour of Chris Osgood midway through the second period. Osgood stopped 10 shots.

Wellwood's breakaway goal came 7:11 into the second period and gave the Canucks a 3-2 lead. He beat Howard high on the glove side after taking a pass from Aaron Rome. Salo's power-play goal with 8:27 left in the second made it 4-2. His screened wrist shot from the left point sent Howard to the bench.

Samuelsson scored his 22nd goal to make it 5-2 2 with 2:10 left in the second.

Kesler, from the Detroit suburb of Livonia, got his second goal, on the power play, and 18th of the season 6:35 into the third period.

Franzen scored on a power play with 4:47 left.

Zetterberg tied it at 2 for Detroit 1:47 into the second period with his 200th career goal. It was Zetterberg's 17th of the season.

Kesler opened the scoring 3:34 into the game, and Williams tied it with 5:50 left in the period. Burrows restored Vancouver's lead just 1:30 later when he deflected Daniel Sedin's pass out of the air and over Howard's shoulder. Burrows has 28th goals.

NOTE: Vancouver made three deals before the trading deadline Wednesday. The Canucks acquired D Andrew Alberts from the Carolina Hurricanes for a third-round pick this year, picked up C Yan Stastny from St. Louis in an exchange of minor leaguers for Pierre-Cedric Labrie and sent D Mathieu Schneider, who was playing with the Canucks' AHL affiliate in Manitoba, to Phoenix for a conditional sixth-round pick and minor league D Sean Zimmerman. ... Detroit traded F Kris Newbury, who has played most of the season with Grand Rapids of the AHL, to the New York Rangers for F Jordan Owens, who was with Hartford of the AHL. ... Both team's medal winners from the Vancouver Olympics were recognized before the game. Salo and Detroit's Valtteri Filppula won bronze medals with Finland, Kesler and the Red Wings' Brian Rafalski won silver medals with the United States, and Luongo won a gold medal with Canada. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, who coached Team Canada, vice-president Steve Yzerman (Canada's managing director) and general manager Ken Holland (Canada's associate director) also were recognized.

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