DETROIT -- U.S. Olympian Ryan Kesler enjoyed a triumphant return home.
• The Canucks improved to 19-6-2 in their last 27 games.
• The Red Wings have not scored more than four goals in any of their last 45 games, the second-longest streak of its kind in franchise history. Their only longer streak without scoring five goals in a game was a 60-game stretch from December 1976 to November 1977.
• Detroit's three-game winning streak vs. Vancouver ended.
"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.
Vancouver made three deals before the trade deadline Wednesday. The Canucks acquired defenseman Andrew Alberts from Carolina for a third-round pick this year, picked up center Yan Stastny from St. Louis in an exchange of minor-leaguers for Pierre-Cedric Labrie and sent defenseman Mathieu Schneider, who was playing with the Canucks' AHL affiliate in Manitoba, to Phoenix for a conditional sixth-round pick and minor league defenseman Sean Zimmerman. ... Detroit acquired right winger Riley Armstrong from the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Andy Delmore. Armstrong was with AHL Abbotsford and Delmore with AHL Grand Rapids. The Red Wings also traded forward Kris Newbury, who has played most of the season with Grand Rapids, to the New York Rangers for forward Jordan Owens, who was with AHL Hartford. ... 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. The Red Wings' Babcock, who coached Canada, vice president Steve Yzerman (Canada's managing director) and general manager Ken Holland (Canada's associate director) were also recognized.