NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Detroit|
(Friday, March 26th)
Final Score: Detroit 6, Minnesota 2
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
"Everything was bouncing my way tonight, and our way. It happens," Franzen
said of the victory.
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
"There were a lot of teams close to them for a while, but they've definitely
stepped up their game to make sure they'll make it into the playoffs,"
Minnesota defenseman Greg Zanon said of the Wings.
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 Zanon in the crease and caromed in.
"Sometimes it doesn't go in but we've been getting some bounces," Holmstrom
said. "It's good that we get scoring from all of the guys. It was our night
Brunette's poke of a loose puck in the crease put the Wild on the board with a
power play at 16:07.
"We just unraveled in the second period," noted Minnesota head coach Todd
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.
03/27 00:12:07 ET