Detroit at Minnesota

    Gaborik's second goal is Wild winner in opener against Red Wings


    ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Marian Gaborik scored twice, including the winning goal 5:28 into the third period, and the Minnesota Wild beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 Tuesday in the preseason opener for both teams.

    With a two-man advantage, Gaborik tried to center the puck from the bottom of the right circle, but the puck deflected off a defender's skate past goaltender Stefan Liv.

    Playing the first of nine preseason games, Detroit was without many of its big-name players, including Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom, Jason Williams and Henrik Zetterberg. With most of its regular-season roster set, Minnesota played its top players in the first of its six exhibition contests.

    Gaborik, who signed a three-year, $19 million contract in July, put Minnesota on the board 32 seconds into the game when his slap shot from atop the left circle went between the pads of Joey MacDonald. Pavol Demitra scored at 1:35 on the power play, tucking home a rebound of Kurtis Foster's shot to give the Wild a 2-0 lead.

    Johan Franzen scored late in the first period for Detroit, and Boyd Devereaux added a goal on a rebound during a two-man advantage midway through the second period to tie it 2-2.

    MacDonald finished with 11 saves in two periods. Liv stopped seven third-period shots.

    Manny Fernandez went the distance for Minnesota, making 23 saves.

    Minnesota was 2-for-11 on the power play; Detroit 1-for-9.

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    Scoring Summary
    :32Marian Gaborik - Assists: Pascal Dupuis and Brent Burns
    1:35Power Play - Pavol Demitra - Assists: Brian Rolston and Kurtis Foster
    16:44Johan Franzen - Assists: Josh Langfeld and Daniel Cleary
    8:00Power Play - Boyd Devereaux - Assists: Krystofer Kolanos and Brett Lebda
    5:28Power Play - Marian Gaborik - Assists: Kim Johnsson and Brent Burns
    Penalty Summary
    1:08Valtteri Filppula: hooking - minor
    2:47Danny Irmen: tripping - minor
    4:03Jakub Kindl: hooking - minor
    10:41Branko Radivojevic: tripping - minor
    13:21Jason Podollan: hooking - minor
    18:49Branko Radivojevic: hooking - minor
    1:51Andreas Lilja: hooking - minor
    7:00Brian Rolston: tripping - minor
    7:38Kim Johnsson: hooking - minor
    10:08Brad Norton: hooking - minor
    13:22Jonathan Ericsson: tripping - minor
    15:28Mark Parrish: tripping - minor
    16:31Josh Langfeld: hooking - minor
    19:48Kim Johnsson: hooking - minor
    2:06Andreas Lilja: holding - minor
    3:58Kyle Quincey: high-sticking - minor
    4:50Brett Lebda: delay-of-game - minor
    9:46Kyle Quincey: diving - minor
    9:46Marian Gaborik: hooking - minor
    10:58Kim Johnsson: holding - minor
    15:07Brad Norton: roughing - minor
    19:23Pascal Dupuis: tripping - minor
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