DETROIT -- U.S. Olympian Ryan Kesler enjoyed a triumphant return home.
Kesler is from the Detroit suburb of Livonia.
"It was special. I always cherish playing in front of friends and family," said Kesler, who won a silver medal for the United States.
It was Luongo's first game in net for Vancouver after Canada's 3-2 overtime victory over the United States on Sunday.
"I felt great coming in," Luongo said. "I had a great practice yesterday."
Jason Williams, Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen scored for Detroit. Jimmy Howard made 17 saves before being pulled in favor of Chris Osgood midway through the second period. Osgood stopped 10 shots.
"We were poor. We were poor in goal. We were poor in the back end. We were poor up front. We were poor in the work ethic department," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "The bottom line was we didn't look like a team that was dying to be in the playoffs tonight in anyway or shape of form."
Wellwood's breakaway goal 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 long pass from Aaron Rome.
"I just got the puck, turned and headed to the net as fast as possible," Wellwood said. "And there were no Wings around."
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, with 2:10 left in the second.
Kesler 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.
"We gave the puck away way too much," he said. "I don't think it was effort. It was just too many mistakes."
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 28 goals.
|Henrik Sedin, who gets an assist, celebrates Alexandre Burrows' goal in the first period. (AP)|
|Vancouver (39-22-2) «||2||3||1||6|
|03:34||Ryan Kesler (17), Snap Shot. Assist: Raymond, Rome|
|14:50||Jason Williams (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Zetterberg, Bertuzzi|
|16:20||Alex Burrows (28), Tip-In. Assist: Sedin, Sedin|
|01:47||Henrik Zetterberg (17), Snap Shot. Assist: Lilja|
|07:11||Kyle Wellwood (9), Snap Shot. Assist: Rome|
|11:33||Power Play - Sami Salo (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Demitra, Sedin|
|17:30||Mikael Samuelsson (22), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sedin, Sedin|
|06:35||Power Play - Ryan Kesler (18), Tip-In. Assist: Sedin, Ehrhoff|
|15:13||Power Play - Johan Franzen (5), Snap Shot. Assist: Datsyuk, Rafalski|
|05:24||Miller, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass|
|03:30||Datsyuk, 2 min, Roughing|
|03:30||Burrows, 2 min, Holding|
|11:27||Kronwall, 2 min, Hooking|
|14:36||Glass, 2 min, Hooking|
|05:31||Kronwall, 2 min, Elbowing|
|14:35||Rypien, 2 min, Tripping|
|19:30||Lilja, 2 min, Holding|
|Shots On Goal|
|Attendance - 19536|
|Referees - Gord Dwyer, Dan O'Halloran|
|Linesmen - Michel Cormier, Pierre Racicot|