DETROIT – After going 2-for-19 with the man advantage in the last six games, the Wings struck for three power play goals on five chances in Sunday’s 8-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks at Joe Louis Arena.
“It was great to see the power play be rewarded,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We have been snake bitten on the power play, it hasn’t gone very well. We haven’t scored goals very good.”
The three power play goals in a game was a season high for the Wings, who three times had scored twice with the man advantage.
“It was fun to see the puck go in,” Henrik Zetterberg said. “We had been struggling a little bit. I think we’ve been doing some good stuff in the end, but really haven’t gotten goals, but we got them today.”
Detroit’s power play goals came from Daniel Cleary, Zetterberg and Damien Brunner.
The Wings scored all three power play goals in the second period on four chances.
“We’re always happy the power play came up this time,” Brunner said. “It’s something you have to take out of this game and hopefully it gives us confidence.”
The Wings’ penalty kill was also 2-for-2 on Sunday. It’s the second straight game that unit hasn’t given up a power play goal.
“The PK was good and the power play got going, so when special teams are good it is easier to win games and you see that today,” Zetteberg said.