Red Wings Bounce Back After Loss, Defeat Wild 5-1

The Detroit Red Wings - unhappy with having given up a third-period lead in a loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night - played a solid sixty minutes of hockey to pick up a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

Detroit limited Minnesota to 22 shots. After they came out of the first period with a 3-1 lead they clamped down defensively, holding the Wild to four shots in the second and five in the third.

Johan Franzen opened the game's scoring 2:25 into the opening period with a blast from the top of the left faceoff circle. Minnesota goaltender Josh Harding got a piece of the puck with his right arm but it fluttered over him and into the net.

Tomas Holmstrom scored a power play goal at 9:19 to make it 2-0. Holmstrom fired a shot from just inside the right point. The puck deflected off of defenseman Nick Shultz and got past Harding.

Just 56 seconds later, Henrik Zetterberg extended Detroit's lead to three when Patrick Eaves worked the puck from behind the net to Zetterberg at the top of the crease for a shap shot over Harding.

The Wild got on the board with 11 seconds left in the period when Andrew Ebbett threw the puck to the front of the net and it deflected off of Brad Stuart and in past goalie Jimmy Howard.

Drew Miller restored the three goal lead for the Red Wings with 7:02 left in the middle frame. He stole the puck at the left point on a Minnesota power play and fed Valtteri Filppula on the rush. Harding cut off Filppula's angle but Filppula threw the puck on goal as Miller followed up, crashing the net. The puck bounced off Miller's midsection and fell in past Harding.

Franzen wrapped up the game's scoring with 5:17 left in the game, snapping a quick shot between the legs of defenseman Jaime Sifers and past Harding.

Harding finished the night with 25 saves on 30 Detroit chances. Howard made 21 saves on Minnesota's 22 shots.

The Red Wings went 1-for-6 with the extra attacker while the Wild were scoreless on five tries with one shorthanded goal against.

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No pregame notes, I'm still p*ssed about the lack of effort on Tuesday.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/11/2010 at 4:57 PM


Complete domination by the Wings for the first couple minutes and a goal comes of it. Heavy, heavy shot by Franzen. Amazed that made it through.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/11/2010 at 7:43 PM


How many goals have the defensemen saved for that guy?

Posted by catmandu on 3/11/2010 at 7:46 PM


Homer did that just to prove that he could.

Highly fortunate deflection.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/11/2010 at 7:56 PM


Weird-ass line but great to see Zata get on the board.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/11/2010 at 7:58 PM


Next three goals are huge.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/11/2010 at 7:58 PM


Well, now they've got a lucky bounce too.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/11/2010 at 8:14 PM


You know what? I'm glad they got that goal. Do you really want that team coming back in the second period up 3-0?

Posted by catmandu on 3/11/2010 at 8:16 PM


That's gotta be a good goal. Weird-ass play, but a good goal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/11/2010 at 8:56 PM


Fantastic D by Helm there. That said, too much of that this year.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/11/2010 at 9:42 PM


So quick. I don't think Harding expected that shot at all.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/11/2010 at 9:53 PM


Cheli had a goal tonight? No f*cking way.

Edit: Ahh, a Columbus goal went in off of him.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/11/2010 at 9:56 PM


Cheli had a goal tonight? No f*cking way.

I thought they were joking about that, haha.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 3/11/2010 at 9:58 PM


It amazes me a bit that the Wings can have fantastic games like this one, last Friday against Nashville, and last Monday against Colorado wrapped around clusterf*cks like the Vancouver and Calgary games. I deliberately leave the Chicago game out 'cause that was a mess for both sides that happened to go in Detroit's favor.

They've gotta be more consistent than that. How they seemingly have trouble showing up for some of these games is just not something I can comprehend.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/11/2010 at 11:21 PM

Johan Franzen

Johan Franzen
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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