Jimmy Howard, starting on back-to-back nights, wasn't sharp in the first period Sunday, and neither was his defense. It didn't matter, because the Detroit Red Wings enjoyed a power surge at the expense of Roberto Luongo, beating the Vancouver Canucks 8-3 at Joe Louis Arena. Damien Brunner scored a pair of goals – he leads the team with 10 – and added two assists. Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall each had a goal and two assists. Rookie Joakim Andersson scored a pair of goals in the third period. Detroit (9-7-3) has won back-to-back games, following a five-game winless streak (0-3-2). The Red Wings scored three unanswered goals, all on the power play, in the second period to take a 5-3 lead. Daniel Cleary had a goal and an assist. Jordin Tootoo scored a goal. Pavel Datsyuk and Jonathan Ericsson each had two assists. Kronwall recorded his second consecutive three-point game, giving him 16 points, tops among NHL defensemen. Howard was supposed to get the night off after a 4-0 win over Nashville Saturday. But when Jonas Gustavsson's groin flared up again, the Red Wings didn't want to take any chances, so they called on Howard to make his 17th start in 19 games. Tom McCollum was recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins to dress as the back-up. The Red Wings dominated the second period, outshooting Vancouver 12-3 and scoring three unanswered goals, all on the power play, to take a 5-3 lead. Cleary tied it at 3-3 at 2:57, tapping in a pass from Brunner. It was Cleary's fourth goal, his third in the past four games. Zetterberg snapped the tie by taking a pass from Pavel Datsyuk and firing in a shot from the slot at 15:10. Brunner capped the surge by corralling a rebound around the net and patiently roofing it with 42 seconds to play.
Damien Brunner's four-point night leads Red Wings to 8-3 rout of Canucks
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