Red Wings Hold Off Wild for 27th Road Win

The Detroit Red Wings tied a franchise record with their 27th road win of the season on Sunday, defeating the Minnesota Wild, 3-2. Detroit is now one road win shy of tying the NHL record.

The Red Wings' top-ranked power play scored twice on Minnesota's NHL-leading penalty kill, including the goal that was the difference, Brendan Shanahan's 102nd career game-winning goal.

With 6:32 remaining in the second period, Robert Lang sent a pass from the left wing boards down to Steve Yzerman, who moved the puck on to Brendan Shanahan in the slot for a quick shot past Wild goaltender Manny Fernandez, giving the Red Wings a 3-1 lead.

That goal came 3:03 after a similar power play goal put Detroit in the lead.

Lang had the puck in the same spot and passed down to Yzerman before cutting to the net. Yzerman got the puck back to him and he hesitated before putting a shot past Fernandez.

Minnesota had opened the scoring just 1:33 into the game, when Pierre-Marc Bouchard tipped a screened shot by Mattias Weinhandl past Detroit's Manny Legace.

The Red Wings tied things up with 5:04 remaining in the opening period on a goal by Henrik Zetterberg.

Tomas Holmstrom got the puck behind the Minnesota goal and sent a blind backhand pass into the slot. Zetterbereg was jumping towards the goal and was wide open to put the puck home.

The Wild pulled to within one with a five-on-three goal with 3:01 remaining in the second.

Marian Gaborik fired a shot from the left circle that deflected off Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios and between Legace's pads.

A scoreless third period was capped by the Red Wings controlling the puck even after the Wild pulled Fernandez for the extra attacker.

Legace faced only 18 shots shots and made 16 saves, while Fernandez stopped 34 of 37 shots against.

Detroit went two-for-four on the power play and held the Wild to one-for-four on their chances.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Monday night in the final of four games in five nights.


Notes: Nicklas Lidstrom's assist on Robert Lang's second period goal was his 800th career point... Steve Yzerman is now on a seven-game point streak... Mathieu Schneider and Dan Cleary both missed the game with minor injuries.

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I want to see a game with a lot of action and good plays, Also would like to see Stevie move closer to 700. 2 points would be nic as well!

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/2/2006 at 3:29 PM

 

Ugh. That was as bad as the Lapointe goal that Osgood allowed on Friday.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2006 at 3:41 PM

 

The last 2 games our defense has screwed us. As well as the goaltending that has not been our strong point lately. Come on guys!

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/2/2006 at 3:42 PM

 

Holmstrom and Zetterberg connect to tie things up. Don't know what the Wild were doing there, but it looks like they had a defensive lapse of their own.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2006 at 4:02 PM

 

Our power play is about as cold as the South Pole!!!! It needs some heat fast, and Yzerman to Lang should do the trick <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cool.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/2/2006 at 4:44 PM

 

You said it. Of course, Minnesota does have the top PK in the league, so maybe this should be expected.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2006 at 4:44 PM

 

When I said "Maybe this should be expected" I must have meant the Wings lighting them up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2006 at 4:53 PM

 

And then there is the ridiculous call fom the refs that leads to a 5 on 3 and a 3-2 game. Go refs! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cursing.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":cursing:" border="0" alt="cursing.gif" /> <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cool.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/2/2006 at 4:58 PM

 

The Wings have let the Wild stay in this for too long, it feels like it's going to come back and bite them in the ass.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2006 at 5:41 PM

 

Good win 2 more points and Stevie y is an animal what can I say! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cool.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 4/2/2006 at 7:24 PM

 

Very glad to see that I was wrong. They've gotta get the wins from the teams they're "supposed" to beat down the stretch.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/2/2006 at 10:53 PM

 

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