NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Minnesota|
(Saturday, January 3rd)
Final Score: Detroit 3, Minnesota 2 (SO)
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Pavel Datsyuk posted the lone shootout tally,
and the Detroit Red Wings rallied to top the Minnesota Wild, 3-2.
In the first round of the shootout, Datsyuk faked to his backhand, quickly
went to the forehand and lifted the puck over Wild goalie Josh Harding.
Minnesota's Brent Burns failed to gain a handle on the puck and didn't record
a shot on net in the second round, and Mikko Koivu's final backhand attempt
was stopped by Detroit's Chris Osgood, giving the Red Wings the victory.
Mikael Samuelsson and Johan Franzen recorded goals for the Red Wings, who have
won three straight and six of eight. Osgood made 33 saves in the win.
"(The Wild) capitalized early in the third period; they got two quick goals,
but we didn't stop playing," Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom said. "We
kept taking it to them. I thought (we) were really patient. We got a little
lucky there on the tying goal, and in the shootout (Datsyuk) put on an
unbelievable move to win the game for us."
Owen Nolan and Antti Miettinen scored two goals just 16 seconds apart early in
the third period for the Wild, who have lost three of four and found out that
star forward Marian Gaborik will miss the next 10 weeks, with hip surgery
planned for Monday.
Harding made 35 saves in a hard-luck loss.
"(We) played one of the best games in front of me that (we) have all year,"
Harding said. "Everybody battled hard, and too bad we didn't get the win. I
definitely think we deserved (to win). We played really hard, and if we play
like that, we'll win more than we lose."
Detroit got the only goal of the first period. Zetterberg stole the puck in
his own zone and raced down the left side. He wrapped around the back of the
net and dished it to Samuelsson, who was able to one-time the puck past
Harding at 16:17.
After a scoreless second, Minnesota forged ahead with two goals in the first
minute of the third. Nolan tied the game on the backhand just 35 seconds into
the frame, and Miettinen's wrist shot beat Osgood at 51 seconds to make it
a 2-1 Wild advantage.
A slashing penalty on Harding with just over six minutes left turned into the
tying goal for Detroit. Franzen tallied the equalizer with 4:37 left in
regulation on assists from Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski.
Harding made six saves in the extra session, while Osgood stopped two Wild
attempts, sending the game to a shootout.
Detroit has won nine of the last 11 meetings with the Wild...Gaborik posted
three goals and two assists in only six games this season after recording 42
goals and 83 points in 2007-08...Lidstrom's assist was his 20th, while
Rafalski's was his 26th.
01/03 23:24:05 ET