Red Wings Hold Off Wild Comeback

The Detroit Red Wings took an early four-goal lead over the Minnesota Wild Monday night but had to fend off a second-period comeback to earn a 5-4 win.

Andreas Lilja‘s goal on a one-timer from the high slot with 8:07 remaining in the third period – his first goal as a Red Wing – stood up as the game-winner. Detroit took a 5-3 lead with the goal.

Filip Kuba pulled Minnesota to within one with 5:49 remaining in the game, scoring on a slap shot from the point that got past Detroit goalie Manny Legace despite Legace having a clear view of the shot.

The Red Wings had opened the scoring at 4:19 of the first period, when Steve Yzerman scored his 200th career power play goal. Jason Williams sent a shot from the point on net that was knocked aside by Minnesota goaltender Manny Fernandez. Yzerman picked up the rebound at the top of the crease and banged it back into the net for the Red Wings’ ninth-straight power play goal.

Detroit’s first even-strength goal since January 21 gave the Red Wings a two-goal lead just 53 seconds later. On a pass from Williams, Robert Lang put a one-timer from the slot between Fernandez’s pads.

Another 4:47 after that, Mikael Samuelsson scored Detroit’s third goal, backhanding the rebound of a Henrik Zetterberg chance past the Minnesota netminder.

Zetterberg himself scored Detroit’s final goal of the period, outwaiting the Wild defense and goalie while moving from one faceoff circle to the other before lifting a shot over Fernandez.

With Fernandez replaced in the Minnesota net by Dwayne Roloson to start the second period, the Wild came alive to cut Detroit’s lead to one.

A long outlet pass sprung Marian Gaborik free for a break in on Detroit netminder Chris Osgood, with Gaborik scoring at 3:53 to get the Wild on the board.

With 3:07 remaining in the period, Todd White got behind the Detroit defense on an end-to-end rush and Brian Rolston hit him with a pass, giving White an opening to rifle a shot past Osgood to pull the Wild within two goals.

Minnesota cut Detroit’s lead to one goal just 58 seconds later, when Andrei Zyuzin was left wide open on the left wing to blast a shot past Osgood.

Legace replaced Osgood in the Detroit net to start the third period.

Detroit finished the game one-for-three on the power play and held Minnesota scoreless on five power play chances.

Osgood made seven saves on ten shots through the first two periods, with Legace stopping one of six shots against in the third for the Red Wings. Fernandez made ten saves on 14 shots against Minnesota in the first period while Roloson went 12-for-13 in the final two frames.

The Red Wings will be back in action when the return home to Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday to host the St. Louis Blues.

Red Wings Open 2006 with Loss to Minnesota

The Detroit Red Wings fell to the Minnesota Wild, 4-2, in both teams’ first game of the 2006 calendar year on Tuesday.

The Red Wings opened the game slow, never really getting any momentum in the first period despite outshooting the Wild by four and getting one more power play opportunity. Minnesota, on the other hand, capitalized on good bounces to take a 2-0 lead.

The Wild started the game’s scoring at 5:55 of the opening period with a goal by Andrei Zyuzin. From the corner to the left of Detroit goalie Chris Osgood, Brian Rolston sent a centering pass into the slot that deflected out to the defenseman Zyuzin. Zyuzin stepped into the high slot to meet the puck and one-timed it past Osgood.

Just 1:03 later, the Wild were up by two. Filip Kuba fired a shot from the point that deflected off Detroit defenseman Mathieu Schneider and past Osgood.

The Wings didn’t get on the board until 6:14 of the second period, while skating on the first half of a four-minute power play. Nicklas Lidstrom fired a slap shot from the blue line that Tomas Holmstrom deflected past Minnesota goalie Dwayne Roloson from the edge of the crease.

Detroit couldn’t crack Roloson or the Minnesota defense and Rolston put the Wild back up by two at 8:04 of the third period. Detroit’s Jason Woolley attempted to send a backhanded clearing attempt out of his own zone when Rolston stepped up to pick it off and rip a shot past Osgood, who was still repositioning himself after playing the puck behind the net.

Holmstrom added a second deflected goal to pull Detroit within one with 2:02 remaining but it wouldn’t be enough.

Alexandre Daigle added an empty net goal for Minnesota to finish the game’s scoring.

The Red Wings finished the game with a season-high 45 shots on net but Roloson stopped 43 of them. Osgood stopped 19 of 22 Minnesota shots.

Detroit, facing the vaunted Minnesota penalty killing unit, scored on one of their seven chances with the man-advantage. Minnesota was held scoreless in four tries with the extra skater.

The Red Wings are back in action on Thursday when they host the St. Louis Blues in the first of three games in four nights.

Wings Tie Wild, Extend Home Unbeaten Streak

As usually happens, the Minnesota Wild played a tight defensive game without a whole lot of scoring chances. Once they take a lead, they rarely give it up to their opponents, thanks to their strong defensive system. The Red Wings, however, forced the Wild to give up the lead twice in the third period, forcing a 2-2 tie and extending their home unbeaten streak to nine games.

The Red Wings weren’t without their chances. Pavel Datsyuk had two good chances to score in the first period, as did Henrik Zetterberg, but goaltender Dwayne Roloson was solid and refused to let the puck by.

Curtis Joseph was just as solid for Detroit. He stopped Wes Walz on a shorthanded breakaway about eight minutes into the second period, and the fans showed their appreciation by chanting, “Cujo! Cujo! Cujo!”

Minnesota opened the scoring with just 15 seconds left in the second period. The play had gone end to end repeatedly, each team trying hard to score before the period was over. Pascal Dupuis knocked the puck away from Brendan Shanahan in the Wild’s zone, clearing it up to speedy Marian Gaborik. Nicklas Lidstrom just couldn’t catch up with Gaborik quickly enough to stop him. Gaborik’s shot hit Joseph’s leg pads, but managed to find the way between them and across the goal line.

Minnesota’s lead didn’t last very long into the third period. Roloson’s stick had been knocked away from him, but with the Red Wings pressuring offensively, no one could take the time to get the stick back to the netminder. Niklas Kronwall held in a clearing attempt by Sergei Zholtok, then passed the puck to Zetterberg. Zetterberg one-timed a centering pass, which hit Zholtok’s stick in the high slot and deflected right pass Roloson.

The Wild regained the lead when Walz got to the side of the net by himself just in time to redirect a shot by Willie Mitchell, but Kris Draper tied the game back up less than a minute later. Draper was forechecking alone in the Minnesota zone. Mitchell’s clearing attempt hit Draper’s skate. Draper knocked Mitchell away, took the puck onto his stick blade, spun around, and fired towards the net. The puck sailed into the small space between Roloson’s blocker and right leg pad.

The Red Wings would have had offensive control of the overtime period, if they hadn’t been called for having too many men on the ice with 1:42 left to go. Lidstrom, Draper, and Kirk Maltby killed off most of the four-on-three penalty. Shanahan and Steve Yzerman replaced Draper and Maltby to finish off the game by keeping the puck tied up in the corner of Minnesota’s end of the ice.

The Wings outshot the Wild by a count of 37 to 24. Nineteen of Detroit’s shots came in the third period. The Red Wings’ next game will be Sunday night, when they face the Blackhawks in Chicago.

Draper is one goal away from tying his personal best season total of 15 goals…. Injury Update: Derian Hatcher skated for the first time Friday morning. He is still on schedule to return in the third week of March. Darren McCarty and Steve Thomas are still quite a way off from being able to return to the ice, but Tomas Holmstrom should return on Sunday against Chicago and Chris Chelios should return sometime next week. Dominik Hasek is cleared to start skating again on Saturday.

Wings End Short Trip With Win Over Minnesota

Curtis Joseph made 27 saves in his first game since November 8, and Brett Hull added a goal and two assists to help lift the Red Wings over the Minnesota Wild, 5-2.

Detroit opened the scoring just two minutes into the game. Steve Thomas handed the puck off to Mark Mowers just inside the Minnesota zone. Mowers made a good pass through the slot to Hull on the left side of the net, and Hull flipped the puck in over goalie Dwayne Roloson.

The Wild answered with a power play goal late in the period. Jiri Fischer was in the box for cross checking when Richard Park brought the puck into the zone and took a wrist shot from just inside the blue line. Joseph seemed to be expecting Park to pass, so he was sliding the wrong way and couldn’t get back across in time to block the shot.

Minnesota took the lead early in the second period. Brent Burns and Alexandre Daigle were up on a two-on-one. Fischer dropped to take the pass away, but he was too far back and Burns got the pass across. Daigle was able to put the puck into the net over Joseph.

The Red Wings answered just 23 seconds later. Steve Yzerman got the puck out from the left corner to Boyd Devereaux coming up through the offensive zone. Devereaux one-timed a shot from the left circle, and the puck deflected off Brad Brown before beating Roloson through the five-hole.

Detroit dominated the second period after squelching Minnesota’s goal-inspired momentum. Pavel Datsyuk turned a clearing pass by Hull into a scoring play, carrying the puck into the Wild’s zone and around the net before making a sharp pass to Nicklas Lidstrom in the low slot. Lidstrom had time to settle the puck before putting it in just under the crossbar.

Kris Draper added a goal late in the second, taking a quick step in front of the net to throw Roloson off before converting Kirk Maltby‘s centering pass into a high shot and a goal.

The third period was a time of concern, since the Red Wings have had trouble protecting their leads through the ends of games this season. There were some defensive lapses on Detroit’s part, but Joseph was able to stop every scoring chance the Wild could come up with. His best save was probably against Daigle from right in front of the crease midway through the period, but Andrew Brunette and Marian Gaborik also had good chances which Joseph stopped. Datsyuk put the cap on the game with only two seconds remaining. Hull made a pass which sprang Datsyuk on a breakaway, and Datsyuk backhanded a shot which bounced off Roloson’s blocker and into the net.

Shots on net totaled 33 to 28 in Detroit’s favor. The Red Wings’ next game will be at home against the struggling Washington Capitals on Monday night.

Dominik Hasek and Ray Whitney both sat out again with groin injuries…. Jamie Rivers came into the lineup for Jason Williams, who sat out with (what else?) a groin injury. Rivers played on the fourth line with his companions from the Grand Rapids Griffins, Mark Mowers and Darryl Bootland. The Griffins Line played about nine minutes together, and did a very respectable job as defensive forwards, coming out with a +1 rating thanks to Mowers’ assist on Hull’s goal.

Tie With Wild Spoils Wings’ Road Trip Record

The Minnesota Wild have a very efficient defensive system under the tutelage of their head coach Jacques Lemaire. It becomes even more efficient once the Wild gain a lead. Even so, some timely saves by Dominik Hasek and a late goal by Steve Yzerman let the Red Wings salvage a 1-1 tie with the Wild Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild came out with a lot of pressure to start off the first period. Hasek held them off early, and the Red Wings were eventually able to gain control of the play. At the other end of the ice, goalie Dwayne Roloson was solid, stopping all eight of the shots his defensemen let through””including a point shot by Nicklas Lidstrom which hit Roloson’s helmet so hard that it broke one of the straps.

Minnesota managed to open the scoring when Kris Draper was sent to the penalty box for slashing midway through the second period. Jim Dowd won a deep zone faceoff back to Marian Gaborik. Gaborik shot the puck towards the net, and Andrew Brunette banged at it until it slid beneath Hasek’s outstretched right arm for the goal.

Hasek kept Detroit in the game later that period when he and Chris Chelios were able to stop rookie Brent Burns on a breakaway.

Pavel Datsyuk had an excellent opportunity to tie the game early in the third period when he was awarded a penalty shot after Filip Kuba dragged him down to the ice on a breakaway attempt. He made the shot attempt without his usual speed, and Roloson was able to make the save.

Yzerman tied the game up with 7:42 left in regulation play. Chelios made a high pass from the right corner. The puck hit Yzerman in his midsection, but he was able to catch the puck and glove it down to the ice, then get his stick on it to put a rising shot past Roloson.

The Red Wings started well in the overtime period. They handled the puck well and created a few offensive chances. The Wild managed to creep in and take back control of the play, however, and Hasek had to be sharp to keep the 1-1 tie.

Detroit outshot Minnesota 28-26. The Red Wings’ next game will be at home Wednesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

This was Brett Hull‘s 1200th career game…. Yzerman made the decision to play in back-to-back games. His knee seems to be holding up just fine…. The Red Wings gained five of six possible points on this road trip.

Sending a Message

Same teams, same score, different day, different ending.

In a reversal of Sunday’s game, the Red Wings closed out their home and home series with potential playoff first round opponents the Minnesota Wild with a 4-0 win.

The Red Wings had more jump to their game from the start. Igor Larionov got Detroit out to an early lead less than two minutes into the game. Mathieu Schneider made a good pass to spring Larionov on a breakaway. Larionov, with two Minnesota defensemen in hot pursuit, took a slapshot from just inside the left circle. The shot rattled past Dwayne Roloson and into the net.

Detroit extended their control of the game””the Wild didn’t have a single shot on goal until more then ten minutes had gone by. Marian Gaborik was then able to get through on a breakaway attempt, but Curtis Joseph turned the shot aside.

Sergei Fedorov increased Detroit’s lead with a power play goal early in the second. The play was concentrated on the right side of the ice, so Fedorov quietly made his way to the left side. Larionov saw his teammate open and sent a pass across the goal crease, and Fedorov wristed a shot into the net before Roloson or any of the other Wild could react.

After that, Roloson had a very strong second period. He turned away seventeen shots by Detroit. His teammates, however, mustered few chances to come back in the game. They took only seven shots on Joseph in the period, and of those seven, only three were high quality chances.

Henrik Zetterberg deflated the Wild further just 27 seconds into the third period. Schneider carried the puck deep into the zone and took a shot on net almost from the goal line. The rebound bounced straight out front for Zetterberg to flip into the net.

Tomas Holmstrom added a goal midway through the period. Larionov made the pass from behind the net to Holmstrom at the left circle, and Holmstrom took a well-placed wrist shot. Roloson had been being screened by both Mathieu Dandenault and Luc Robitaille. He and his defensemen pushed them both out of the way, but Roloson was out of position, and Holmstrom’s shot sailed into the net, giving him his first ever 20 goal season.

The final count of shots on net was 33 to 18 in favor of Detroit. The Red Wings’ next game will be late Thursday night, when they take a quick West Coast swing to face the San Jose Sharks.

The game was Joseph’s 40th career shutout and his 4th of the season…. Larionov’s 10th goal of the season gives the Red Wings a league-leading 12 players with 10 or more goals.

Wings Look to Avoid Another Wild Night

The second half of a home at home series between Minnesota and the Detroit Red Wings is set to pan out Tuesday night at the Joe. The Wild brought the mighty Wings back down to earth Sunday night at the Xcel Energy Center, stuffing four pucks into the net in route to shutting out the Red Wings. Back in Motown, Detroit will be looking for a chance to break down Minnesota’s conservative defensive style.

After the convincing win against Detroit Sunday night, the Wild found themselves locked into a playoff spot for the first time in their three-year history. Backed by the solid play of goaltenders Manny Fernandez and Dwayne Roloson, nobody will be looking past the Wild in this year’s quest for the cup. Minnesota has picked up two-points against the Dallas Stars twice this month, and they were also able to get the better of the New Jersey Devils. If the playoffs were to start today, the Wild would be in position to take on Vancouver.

Detroit would like to rebound from Sunday’s loss against the Wild in a big way. Having their six game winning streak snapped caused them to once again be dead even with the Dallas Stars for first place in the West. Vancouver is also breathing down the Red Wings neck, as they find themselves only one point behind both clubs. Curtis Joseph will likely get the start in net after Manny Legace was only able to deny 17 of a possible 20 shots on Sunday. Steve Yzerman will also be back in the lineup.

-Player To Watch-
Minnesota- #30 Dwayne Roloson. Dwayne’s 33 save performance against Detroit Sunday night was no fluke, just look at the numbers he has put up this season. If he gets the start, look for him to attempt to shut it down once again.

Detroit- #19 Steve Yzerman. After getting that first goal out of the way, will the floodgates open?

-Out or in Doubt-
Minnesota- Bill Muckalt RW (Shoulder/Out), Brad Bombardir D (Back Spasms/Out), Cliff Ronning C (Flu/Questionable), Rickard Wallin C (Hand/Out)

Detroit- Jiri Fischer D (Knee/Out), Thomas Holmstrom LW (Flu/Questionable)

-Between da Pipes-
Minnesota-#35 Manny Fernandez (18-11-2, 2.37 GAA, .920 SV%, 1 SO), #30 Dwayne Roloson (21-14-8, 1.89 GAA, .931 SV%, 4 SO)

Detroit- #31 Curtis Joseph (30-17-6, 2.58 GAA, .910 SV%, 3 SO), #34 Manny Legace (13-5-3, 2.06 GAA, .929 SV%, 0 SO)

-Most Points This Season vs. Opposition-
Minnesota- C Wes Walz with 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) vs. Detroit

Detroit- Six players tied with 2 points vs. Minnesota

The game will be televised at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time locally on UPN50.

Wings Fall to Wild, 4-0

In spite of the fact that the Red Wings outshot the Minnesota Wild by a large margin thoughout the game, the Wild were able to capitalize on a few defensive errors and their excellent goaltending from Dwayne Roloson to shut out the Wings, 4-0.

The first goal came on the first shift of the game. The puck bounced off the skate of Darren McCarty and right to the stick of Matt Johnson, coming up the high slot from the blue line. Johnson’s shot rose high over Manny Legace and into the net.

The Red Wings had their chances through the first period and the start of the second, but Roloson was ready for them. He was able to see most of the shots that got through to him, and many of the shots that would have been the best scoring chances were either blocked or went just wide of the net.

Sergei Zholtok increased the Wild’s lead to two midway through the second. Marion Gaborik centered a pass from the right boards. Sergei Zholtok was out in front of the net all by himself to receive the pass. He faked a backhand shot, causing Legace to drop to take away the low part of the net, but then lifted a forehand shot high into the net.

The Red Wings made a good attempt to come back in the third period. Unfortunately, Roloson continued to play well, and the Red Wings’ efforts were hampered by having to kill off a 5-on-3 power play near the end of the game. First Sergei Fedorov was sent out for high-sticking with 5:14 left to go. Then with 4:01 remaining, Legace was assessed a delay of game penalty for shooting the puck up into the protective netting, even though video review showed that the puck had hit the boards before bouncing up to the netting, and thus no penalty should have been assessed.

Mathieu Dandenault went into the box to serve the penalty. Legace, Chris Chelios, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Kirk Maltby did an excellent job of killing off Minnesota’s two man advantage, but it used up valuable time which could have been used in trying to even the score.

The Red Wings pulled Legace from net to send in an extra skater with two minutes remaining, but Antti Laaksonen was able to pick up a bouncing puck and put it into the empty net.

Brendan Shanahan‘s frustrations came to a boil, and he complained vociferously to the referees about the earlier unwarranted delay of game call on Legace. All he got for his trouble was a two minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a ten minute misconduct penalty. Shanahan was sent to the locker room, and Jason Williams went into the penalty box to serve the two minute minor with 1:41 remaining. Adding insult to injury, Jim Dowd tipped a shot by Filip Kuba into Legace’s net with just 19 seconds left in the game to make the score 4-0.

The final count of shots on net was 33-21 in favor of Detroit. The Red Wings will look to regroup and finish up this home-and-home series with Minnesota on Tuesday night back at the Joe.

Steve Yzerman stayed out of the lineup to avoid playing in back-to-back games, and Tomas Holmstrom was out due to tonsilitis. Jason Williams was recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins to fill the hole in the forward lines…. Minnesota’s win tonight clinches their first playoff berth in the franchise’s three year history. The only other expansion team to make it to the playoffs in only three years was the Florida Panthers in 1996.

Who Says Expansion Teams Can’t Do Well?

The Minnesota Wild are known for playing games with a lot of stops in play through offsides and icing, and turning these choppy games to their advantage with a strong, patient defensive trap. The Red Wings clearly outshot and outchanced the Wild for the entire game, but some defensive lapses on Detroit’s part led to the Wild winning the game 3-2.

Boyd Devereaux opened the scoring with his first goal of the season. He first obtained the puck on the rebound from Henrik Zetterberg‘s shot, but was too well-covered to get a clear shot away, so sent it back to Chris Chelios at the right point. The rebound from that point shot also came to Devereaux, and this time he was able to chip it in over the top of goaltender Dwayne Roloson.

The Wild came back to tie less than two minutes later. The teams were playing four-on-four because of a hooking call to Tomas Holmstrom coupled with a diving call on Willie Mitchell. Nick Schultz intercepted a failed clearing attempt in the Red Wings’ zone. He sent the puck across to Wes Walz near the corner of the net. Jason Woolley was unable to get back in time to cover, and Walz put the puck past Curtis Joseph.

The Red Wings got a little too relaxed in the secind period, and Minnesota was able to capitalize on one defensive breakdown and one strange bounce to take a two goal lead. First, Joseph let go a large rebound off a shot by Walz, and Richard Park was able to come uncovered to the front of the net to grab the rebound and put it into the wide open space Joseph had left by sliding to make the first stop.

The next goal, only two minutes later, was more of a fluke than a mistake by the defense. Joseph had come out of the net to play the puck, but it bounced off the skate of Chelios and right out in front, where Rickard Wallin was in just the right spot to slap it in for the goal.

Sean Avery attempted to provide some energy for the Wings by starting (and winning) a fight with Stephane Veilleux, and Detroit did manage to come out stronger in the third period. An interference call on Matt Johnson gave Detroit their first power play of the game early in the third. The Wild did their best to shut down the passing lanes, so the Red Wings scored their power play goal in a little different way. Igor Larionov sent a high pass towards the front of the net, and Brett Hull knocked it out of the air. Brendan Shanahan then outworked defender Antti Laaksonen to tap the puck past Roloson.

Detroit had their chances in the rest of the period, but Minnesota played a tight defense and took away most of the passing plays before they could get well set up, and so kept their win.

The final count of shots on net was 38 to 23 for Detroit. The Red Wings’ next game will be Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Rickard Wallin’s goal was the first of his career…. The two points the Wild gained with this win put them ahead of Vancouver for first place in the Northwest Division and tie them with Dallas for first place in the Western Conference…. The MRI on Manny Legace‘s knee shows no damage, but the knee is still sore, and Legace’s condition is listed as day-to-day by the team. Legace feels he should be back in practice by the end of the week. “I just have to get the soreness out,” he explained. Walking hasn’t caused him a problem, but going up and down stairs has been painful. “I have to get my wife to carry me up and down,” he joked.

Wings Hand Wild First Loss of Season Before Record Crowd

19,344 people, the largest crowd ever to watch a hockey game in the state of Minnesota, gathered at the Xcel Energy Center to watch the Minnesota Wild attempt to defend their season-long unbeaten streak against the Detroit Red Wings. The Wild fans went home disappointed, because the Red Wings had other ideas, eventually gaining a 5-3 victory.

Minnesota opened the scoring early in the first period. Wes Walz took advantage of a defensive mistake by rookie Dmitri Bykov and got the puck away on a two-on-two rush. Sergei Fedorov dropped to the ice to take away the passing lane, but Walz instead deked around Fedorov and put the puck into the net through Curtis Joseph‘s five-hole.

The Wild increased their lead about six minutes later. Antti Laaksonen and Bill Muckalt got away another two-on-two rush against Bykov and Nick Lidstrom, Laaksonen passed across to Muckalt, and Muckalt’s hard shot found its way past Joseph.

Things seemed to go from bad to worse for the Red Wings when Kirk Maltby took a penalty for roughing. The penalty killing unit did its work well, and sent the puck down to the Wild’s end of the ice. Nick Schultz went to retrieve it, but he was forced to make a pass without looking with Henrik Zetterberg there to pressure him. To Schultz’s dismay, the errant pass landed right on the stick of Brett Hull, and Hull’s powerful one-time shot went right through goalie Dwayne Roloson.

The Wings surged back then, taking control of the game and cutting down the Wild’s chances to score. Bykov gained his first NHL assist by giving the puck to Kris Draper so that Draper could set up a one-time goal by Darren McCarty, and Lidstrom scored a power play goal to put Detroit into the lead. Fedorov passed along the blue line to Lidstrom at the left point, and Lidstrom’s shot deflected off the stick of Laaksonen and into the net.

Laaksonen tied the game back up early in the second period, on another two-on-two rush. Jiri Fischer tried to take the puck away from Laaksonen, but Laaksonen got the shot away first, and it went into the net high past Joseph’s catching glove.

McCarty put the Wings back in the lead to stay before too long. McCarty pushed to the front of the net. Draper threw the puck at the net from the right half-boards, and McCarty knocked it out of the air to bounce it off Roloson’s helmet and into the net.

Detroit settled the game down in the third period, holding the Wild to only four shots against Joseph. Boyd Devereaux had a good breakaway scoring chance, and the Grind Line continued its steady pressure in the Wild’s zone, but the Wings were careful not to take any unnecessary chances with only a one-goal lead. The Wild did not pull their goaltender for an extra attacker in the final minute, even though they had two faceoffs in Detroit’s zone, but Zetterberg scored into a nearly empty net anyway. Fedorov got the puck away from Minnesota’s attack and took off with it, Zetterberg keeping up on his left. Fedorov made the pass, and Zetterberg tried to pass it back, since Roloson came across to challenge Zetterberg’s shot, but the pass never got through to Fedorov. Instead, the puck hit the skate blade of Filip Kuba and slid into the net to guarantee the Red Wings’ victory with 25 seconds left in the game.

Shots on net were thirty-seven to twenty-two in favor of Detroit. The Red Wings scored on one of their three power plays, bringing their power play to 30% for the season. Detroit’s next game will be at home against the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

Detroit’s three shorthanded goals leads the NHL….Jesse Wallin made his season debut, while Max Kuznetsov sat this game out. Wallin played a responsible game, paired with Mathieu Dandenault for most of his time on the ice, and ended with a rating of +1.

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