NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Minnesota
(Saturday, October 15th)
Final Score: Detroit 3, Minnesota 2 (OT)
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Johan Franzen's power-play goal late in overtime lifted the Detroit Red Wings over the Minnesota Wild, 3-2.
Franzen and Ian White each had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings, who are off to a 4-0 start for the first time since the 1997-98 season, when they went 5-0 with a tie.
Jiri Hudler had a goal for Detroit, which got 12 saves from Jimmy Howard.
Cal Clutterbuck and Greg Zanon lit the lamp for the Wild, who have lost three of four since opening the year with a win over the Blue Jackets.
Josh Harding stopped 38-of-41 shots in defeat.
Down 2-0 late in the second period, White carried the puck into the slot and fired a wrister past Harding with 47.7 seconds.
Hudler made it a 2-2 game at the 3:46 mark of the third. Jakub Kindl's shot from the point was deflected in by Hudler.
Matt Cullen of the Wild was sent to the penalty box for tripping at the 2:34 mark of overtime. Detroit headed into the power play with an 0-for-18 mark on the season, but that would change.
With 48.5 seconds left, a mad scramble for the puck occurred in front of Harding. Tomas Holmstrom was able to backhand a pass to Franzen, who was being checked from behind. Franzen went crashing into the net, but managed to get his stick on the puck and guide it across the goal line. The goal was upheld after a review.
"I didn't think I was going to score," Franzen said.
Zanon's slapper from the point with 11.3 seconds left in the first period gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead.
Just 16 seconds into the second stanza, Colton Gillies fed a pass from behind the net to Clutterbuck, who was all alone in front. Clutterbuck completed the play with a wrister for a 2-0 edge.
"They're a good team," Cullen said. "We kind of let our foot off the gas and gave them some life."
Detroit won three of four contests with Minnesota a year ago and is 22-3-3 with a pair of ties in the previous 30 matchups between the two teams. Detroit is 11-2-1 with a tie in its last 15 at Minnesota.
10/15 23:53:15 ET