Red Wings Rebound Late to Beat Wild

The Detroit Red Wings scored late in regulation for force overtime against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, then added a goal in the extra frame to complete the comeback win.

With Detroit down 2-1 and 1:20 left in regulation, Dan Cleary through a low-angle shot on net from the left wing that slipped between Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom‘s pads and into the net to tie the game.

Cleary then assisted on the game-winning goal, forcing a turnover in the Wild zone.

Henrik Zetterberg got the puck from Cleary and took it behind the goal line before turning to send a pass out front to a pinching Brett Lebda. Lebda grabbed the puck at the back door and knocked it home, giving Detroit the win.

Johan Franzen had scored Detroit’s first goal at 9:58 of the first period, putting home the rebound of a Tomas Kopecky shot.

Brian Rolston tied the game 1:12 later, stuffing the puck under Dominik Hasek from in front with the Wild on a power play.

Minnesota took the lead at 5:36 of the second when Pavol Demitra rifled a shot over Hasek’s glove from the left circle on a two-on-one.

Hasek finished the night with 24 saves on 26 shots against to remain unbeaten in his career against Minnesota. Backstrom stopped 35 of 38 Detroit chances in his first career loss when leading after two periods.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development.

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