Minnesota at Detroit

Red Wings take two of three against Wild in three straight games

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings jumped out to a lead and Dominik Hasek took care of the rest -- as he usually does against the Wild.

Hasek made 32 saves and remained unbeaten in his career against Minnesota, leading Detroit to a 3-1 victory Wednesday night.

Johan Franzen had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings in their third consecutive game against Minnesota. Detroit won the first game and lost the second in overtime.

Kirk Maltby and Henrik Zetterberg also scored for the Red Wings, who led 3-0 less than seven minutes into the second period.

"I think we played really well for 35 minutes," said Hasek, who improved to 7-0-2 against the Wild. "After the third goal, we got a little sloppy defensively."

Pavol Demitra got Minnesota's goal, and Niklas Backstrom stopped 30 shots.

The rookie goaltender praised Hasek, who stopped 24 of 25 shots in the last two periods.

"He's proven he's one of the best and he's shown that age is just a number," Backstrom said. "It's how your body feels and how you work it. It's a great role model for a young goalie, how you should work and how you should play."

Detroit took a 1-0 lead just 16 seconds into the game, when Maltby was credited with the goal after a rebound off Backstrom's pads deflected in off defenseman Keith Carney's skate.

"It was a big thing to do to try and come back from that start," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said.

The Red Wings increased their lead to 3-0 in the second period on goals by Zetterberg and Franzen.

Zetterberg scored from the slot 4:03 into the period, as he converted a pass from Pavel Datsyuk, for his 14th goal. Franzen put in a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle at 6:47.

It was then Hasek's turn to shine as the Wild began to apply pressure.

"We got a little sloppy late," said Maltby. "We've been relying a little too much on our goaltending lately."

Demitra finally put Minnesota on the board with 2:46 left in the middle period, when he put the rebound of a rebound past Hasek for his ninth goal.

But the veteran goalie was perfect after that.

"Obviously, having good goaltending is everything," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "Dom is playing well."


  • Detroit D Danny Markov returned after missing nine games with a broken hand.
  • Minnesota LW Stephane Veilleux missed his third game with a broken nose and D Petteri Nummelin missed his fourth game with an upper body injury.
  • Red Wings RW Mikael Samuelsson missed his fifth game with a groin injury.
  • Detroit C Robert Lang left the contest after the first period because of the flu.
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Dominik Hasek makes sure to cover his shortside on this attempt by Mark Parrish. (AP)
Dominik Hasek makes sure to cover his shortside on this attempt by Mark Parrish. (AP)
Minnesota (18-17-2)0101
Detroit  (22-9-5) «1203
Three Stars
D. Hasek

Saves: 28
Save Pct.: .966
J. Franzen

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
V. Filppula

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
00:16Kirk Maltby (2), Tip-In - Assists: Johan Franzen and Kris Draper
04:03Henrik Zetterberg (14), Wrist Shot - Assists: Pavel Datsyuk and Mathieu Schneider
06:47Johan Franzen (4), Wrist Shot - Assists: Josh Langfeld and Valtteri Filppula
17:14Pavol Demitra (9), Tip-In - Assists: Mikko Koivu and Keith Carney
Penalty Summary
02:58Boogaard: Cross Check - 2 min.
10:29Lidstrom: Hooking - 2 min.
14:31Smith: Hooking - 2 min.
16:44Dupuis: Tripping - 2 min.
04:35Boogaard: Elbowing - 2 min.
01:01Foster: High sticking - 2 min.
05:02Schneider: Interference - 2 min.
10:42Zetterberg: Hooking - 2 min.
12:16Rolston: Hooking - 2 min.
Niklas Backstrom59:58303
Dominik Hasek60:00311
Attendance - 20066
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Marc Joannette, Craig Spada
Line Judges - Mike Cvik, Ryan Galloway
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