NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Minnesota
(Wednesday, January 27th)
Final Score: Minnesota 5, Detroit 2
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Antti Miettinen registered a pair of goals as Minnesota downed Detroit, 5-2, at Xcel Energy Center.
Martin Havlat, Andrew Ebbett and Guillaume Latendresse also scored for the Wild, who have won two in a row after losing four straight.
Josh Harding made 26 stops to post his fourth win of the season and first since January 9.
"We played very good for the whole game, even considering they played last night and were hungry," Havlat admitted. "At the end of the game we just had more energy than them."
Pavel Datsyuk lit the lamp twice for the Red Wings, who suffered their third straight defeat and sixth in seven. Chris Osgood yielded five goals on 25 shots for the loss.
Minnesota picked up the first power play of the game and capitalized on Miettinen's wrister 2:54 into the contest, but Datsyuk countered at even strength less than five minutes in.
Andrew Brunette fed Miettinen for a successful shot from along the goal line with 3:13 left in the period for a 2-1 Wild edge, but Datsyuk responded 27 seconds later on a tip in.
Greg Zanon then slammed a shot from the point which caromed off Ebbett's knee and in 23 seconds after the Wings forged a tie, and the home team led 3-2 after one.
The Wild defense clamped down with a lead, allowing few Detroit scoring chances. Harding needed to make just four saves in the second period to keep the Wings at bay.
Latendresse smoked a shot past Osgood to put the Wild ahead 4-2 with 3:42 played in the third period, and Havlat's tally on a power play made it 5-2 at 4:53.
Harding stopped all 12 shots he faced over the final 20 minutes to seal the victory.
"I thought we were set up there to get ourselves going early," said Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom. "We were down a goal, but it seemed we were right there. It's disappointing to be right in the game again but end up on the wrong end."
Detroit had won seven of the previous nine meetings dating back to the start of the 2007-08 season...Miettinen has three multi-goal games in January and four all season.
01/27 23:05:15 ET