NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Detroit
(Thursday, February 12th)
Final Score: Detroit 4, Minnesota 2
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Kris Draper's second-period marker proved to be the game-winner, as the Detroit Red Wings tamed the Minnesota Wild, 4-2, at Joe Louis Arena.
Mikael Samuelsson, Jiri Hudler and Ville Leino also scored for the Red Wings, who have won six in a row to match a season high. Marian Hossa saw his five- game goal-scoring streak come to an end, but he did collect two assists to extend his point streak to six games. Hossa has seven goals and three helpers in that span.
Chris Osgood turned away 21 of the 23 shots he faced to earn his 18th win of the season.
With the win, Detroit closed within a point of idle San Jose (82) for the top spot in the Western Conference standings.
"We wanted to come out and jump on them, shoot the puck a lot early," said Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock.
Brent Burns had a power-play goal and Mikko Koivu added a short-handed tally for the Wild, who lost for the second time in their last six games. Antti Miettinen picked up the primary assist on both goals, while Josh Harding made 39 saves in defeat.
"It's obvious a little tough playing against (Detroit)," Harding said. "They have a lot of skill."
Detroit opened the scoring 9:26 into the contest. Brett Lebda's blast from the right point squeezed through Harding, and Samuelsson was on the doorstep to bury the loose puck.
Burns' tally with a two-man advantage put Minnesota on the board. The Wild moved the puck quickly and effectively, not allowing Osgood to get comfortable in the crease. Miettinen gathered a pass from Marek Zidlicky and his feed from below the left circle found Burns sneaking in from the right point for a one- timer with 4:29 remaining in the first period.
The Red Wings erupted for three goals in the middle stanza.
Hudler swept the disc past the outstretched left pad of Harding at 10:22, then Draper lit the lamp 50 seconds later. Hossa circled the Wild net and sent a pass to Draper, who had jumped off the bench. Draper drifted to the top of the left circle before letting fly a low slap shot that eluded Harding.
Leino's wraparound tally capped the barrage with 2:45 left in the frame.
Koivu netted the lone goal of the third period.
Detroit won six straight from December 30-January 10...The Red Wings have won four straight and 11 of their last 12 games at home...Detroit is 10-0-2 in its last 12 games against the Wild...Minnesota finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Red Wings were 0-for-5.
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