NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Minnesota
(Saturday, December 23rd)
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Detroit 2 (OT)
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored just 45 seconds into overtime to help the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Xcel Energy Center in the back end of a home-and-home series.
In the extra session, Wes Walz picked the pocket of a Detroit player and got the disc to Bouchard, who skated into the Detroit end untouched, went to the backhand and shelved the puck over the glove of Osgood to a roaring cheer from the home crowd.
Mikko Koivu and Mark Parrish tallied goals in regulation and Manny Fernandez finished with 30 saves for the Wild, who have won two of their last three games.
"That was really a nice Christmas present," said Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire. "We've had some tough games that we played really well and did not win, especially on the road. Playing a team like this that has a lot of skills and coming out and winning this game means a lot."
Kris Draper and Tomas Holmstrom each had a goal and Chris Osgood stopped 32 shots for the Red Wings, who had a two-game winning streak stopped.
Detroit had defeated Minnesota, 3-1, in Detroit on Friday night.
Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard in the first two periods, but the Wild took a 1-0 advantage with a shorthanded goal.
With Keith Carney in the box for hooking, along the right boards in the Minnesota end resulted in the puck being knocked out into the neutral zone. Pascal Dupuis picked up the disc, skated down the right wing and from the right circle sent the puck to Koivu, who shifted from the backhand to the forehand and shelved the puck past Osgood just 3:25 in.
Detroit tied the contest halfway through the frame when Henrik Zetterberg sent a turnaround pass from the left circle to the front where Holmstrom tipped it past Fernandez.
The Red Wings then took a 2-1 lead a little over six minutes later when Draper banged in a rebound from a Johan Franzen shot with 3:43 to play.
Minnesota, though, tied the game just 16 seconds later when Parrish redirected a Carney left point shot and the teams eventually skated into overtime.
Minnesota had 25 shots through the first two periods while Detroit had 20, all of which were turned aside by the netminders.
Minnesota travels to Toronto for a game on Tuesday...Detroit is off until Wednesday when it will host Minnesota...Detroit had won four straight against Minnesota coming into the game...Neither team scored on the power play with Detroit having four opportunities and Minnesota three.
12/23 23:14:33 ET