Red Wings Rally but Fall to Wild in OT

The Detroit Red Wings rallied back from down 2-0 Friday night, taking a 3-2 lead before the Minnesota Wild mounted a comeback of their own to win 4-3 in overtime.

The Red Wings were trailing 2-0 when Justin Abdelkader brought the puck out front from behind the net and sent a cross-crease pass to Darren Helm for a tap-in with 34 seconds left in the second period.

Johan Franzen tied the game at 2:37 of the third period, throwing the puck on net from the bottom of the right faceoff circle. It bounced off defenseman Greg Zanon and past goalie Jose Theodore for a power play goal.

Patrick Eaves put the Red Wings in front 2:38 later on a wraparound after picking up the rebound of his own chance from in front.

Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu tied the game back up with 1:23 remaining in regulation. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard directed the rebound of a Nick Schultz shot right to Koivu in the slot to put it back past Howard.

With 52 seconds left in the extra period, John Madden drove to the net and put the rebound of a Martin Havlat deflection past Howard to win the game for the Wild.

Brent Burns had opened the scoring at 8:16 of the first, sending a seeing-eye shot from the top of the right faceoff circle through traffic and past Howard.

Cal Clutterbuck made it 2-0 1:25 into the second, sneaking a bad-angle shot in between the post and Howard's pad.

Howard finished the night with 23 saves on 27 shots. Theodore stopped 41 of the 44 shots he faced.

Minnesota's top-ranked power play did not score on three tries, though Burns' goal came three seconds after the expiration of a Detroit penalty. The Red Wings scored once on four power play chances, including a lengthy five-on-three.

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Skipping the pre-games notes last time worked pretty well. Lets hope the Wings have a better start tonight than they did against St. Louis on Wednesday.

I'm on the road a little bit tonight, might miss the start, we'll see.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/19/2010 at 5:05 PM


Seeing-eye shot. Nothing Jimmy could do about that. Damn.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/19/2010 at 7:52 PM


Way to hold the post, Jimmy. Ugh.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/19/2010 at 8:32 PM


Glorious opportunity wasted.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/19/2010 at 8:48 PM


The way Minnesota is getting set in their own end, the Wings are going to need goals in transition if they want to get back into this.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/19/2010 at 9:00 PM


Or a grindy play down low. Finally on the board.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/19/2010 at 9:03 PM


Holy sh*t, that looked innocent. All tied up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/19/2010 at 9:26 PM


Another one of those grindy goals. f*ck the transition, more of that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/19/2010 at 9:32 PM


There's Jimmy's great rebound control. Jesus...

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/19/2010 at 9:58 PM


Never should've gone to OT. Ugh. Game that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/19/2010 at 10:10 PM


I have the feeling Howard will be playing about 70 games this year and I don't believe the wings can win the cup with this strategy. Unless we have some similar injury bug of last year I just don't believe every game needs to be a "must win" like it was last year where howard stood on his head and stole games. Some games need to be split up by some backup whom ever that may be. Babcock is thinking game by game right now and I hope he doesn't play him every game.

Another thing, I've noticed the wings first line has been outplayed the past few games.

Posted by RideTheRedWave on 11/20/2010 at 12:05 AM

Darren Helm

Darren Helm
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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