The Detroit Red Wings lost their fifth consecutive game Tuesday night, a 2-1 overtime decision to the Minnesota Wild.
Forward Devin Setoguchi won the game for the Wild with a power play goal 1:33 into the extra frame. Mikko Koivu fought off Niklas Kronwall for the puck along the right wing boards, then cut into the slot for a shot on Jimmy Howard. Howard turned it aside but Setoguchi was there to put home the rebound.
Koivu had gotten the Wild on the board with just one minute remaining in regulation when he tipped a Justin Falk shot past Howard with the Minnesota net empty.
Detroit’s lone goal came in the first period. Just as a power play expired, Nicklas Lidstrom deflected a Henrik Zetterberg shot past Josh Harding to make it 1-0.
Setoguchi’s goal was the lone power play goal in a game that saw Minnesota have the man-advantage eight times to Detroit’s three.
Harding stopped 36 of the 37 shots he faced on the night. Howard made 25 saves on 27 shots, including several on a Wild five-on-three in the third period.
Detroit looks to snap their slump once again on Thursday when they host the Calgary Flames.
The game was the first of a six-game homestand for Detroit… Rookie Gustav Nyquist made his NHL debut, playing on the second line in place of Jiri Hudler… Hudler and Cory Emmerton were healthy scratches on offense while Mike Commodore was scratched on defense.