Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Johan Franzen notched a career-high with four points on two goals and two assists, as Detroit ripped Minnesota, 6-2, at Joe Louis Arena.
Jonathan Ericsson, Tomas Holmstrom, and Pavel Datsyuk all added a goal and a helper for the Red Wings, who pulled into a tie for seventh-place in the Western Conference with idle Colorado as both teams have 89 points.
Jimmy Howard picked up the win by making 25 stops.
Andrew Brunette and Owen Nolan tallied for the Wild, who have dropped four of six and couldn't maintain momentum after a surprise overtime win in Philadelphia on Thursday.
Starter Josh Harding yielded four goals on 32 shots through two periods in defeat. Niklas Backstrom finished the game with eight saves on 10 shots.
Nolan tallied a little more than two minutes into the third to get Minnesota within 4-2, but Franzen and Drew Miller tallied less than two minutes apart before the midway point of the third to make it a four-goal spread and lock up the victory.
Following a scoreless first period, Detroit was able to jump in front at 1:19 of the second. Franzen took a lead pass from Jason Williams, then faked Harding and slid a long shot home from a sharp angle.
Holmstrom's tip of a Nicklas Lidstrom shot made it 2-0 at 4:32, then Ericsson's short-handed tip-in of Lidstrom's point drive put the Wings up by three at 10:03.
Datsyuk upped the lead to four just 80 seconds later when his floater from the boards hit Wild defenseman Greg Zanon in the crease and caromed in.
Brunette's poke of a loose puck in the crease put the Wild on the board with a power play at 16:07.
Detroit won three of four in the season series, and has taken 15 of 20 matchups with Minnesota since 2005...Franzen's previous career high for a regular-season game was three points, last achieved with a score and two assists on March 20, 2009 at Atlanta.
03/26 22:47:04 ET