NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Minnesota
(Thursday, January 21st)
Final Score: Detroit 4, Minnesota 3 (SO)
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Drew Miller's tally in the eighth round of the shootout lifted Detroit over Minnesota, 4-3, at Xcel Energy Center.
After each team scored two times in the opening seven rounds, Eric Belanger of Minnesota failed on his wrist shot. Miller stepped in and scored on the forehand against Niklas Backstrom to end the contest.
"[The Wild] always play well at home. They never quit and they showed that tonight. So to come out of here with two points is huge," Miller said.
Miller, Patrick Eaves and Todd Bertuzzi tallied in regulation for the Red Wings, who had lost three straight games. Jimmy Howard stopped 27 shots for the win.
Martin Havlat, Robbie Earl and Andrew Brunette scored for the Wild, who slid to their fourth consecutive loss despite rallying from two goals down late in the contest.
Starter Josh Harding stopped 10-of-11 shots in the first period before leaving with a lower-body injury. Backstrom finished the game with 16 saves.
"We fought back and got a point," Backstrom said. "We would have like to have had two, but we only got one."
Bertuzzi collected his 14th goal of the season less than eight minutes into the contest, and Howard made the lead hold up until Earl tied the game with 7:26 to play in the second.
Eaves broke the tie at the 2:28 mark of the third period, and Miller was credited with Detroit's third goal of the contest on a deflection in the slot at 9:03.
Kyle Brodziak then pushed in a shot which deflected off Havlat's skate with 6:12 to go, and Brunette slammed a loose puck home from the slot one minute later to knot the game.
The Wings have won seven of the last nine meetings over the Wild since December, 2007...Detroit improved 4-5 in shootouts this season and Minnesota fell to 4-3.
01/21 23:42:40 ET