Minnesota at Detroit

Swedish trio Franzen-Holmstrom-Zetterberg produce big for Red Wings


DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings started and finished strong.

Johan Franzen scored twice, and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and two assists in Detroit's 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

Tomas Holmstrom added a goal and an assist, and Drew Miller also scored, and Jimmy Howard made 21 saves for Detroit, ninth in the Western Conference -- a point behind Nashville and Calgary.

The Red Wings have sometimes started slowly this season and have blown a few third-period leads.

"I thought we got started on time and played 60 minutes," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.

The Red Wings lost 4-2 to Calgary on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena. They let a 2-1 third-period lead slip away in that game.

"We thought about that and made sure we didn't make any mistakes," Franzen said. "We always had three guys back."

Andrew Ebbett scored for Minnesota, and Josh Harding stopped 25 shots.

"They were digging for the puck, going in there with speed," Wild captain Mikko Koivu said. "And we were going the other way."

Detroit led 3-1 after the first period.

Franzen opened the scoring 2:25 into the game when his slap shot from the top of the right circle bounced in off of Harding's arm for Franzen's sixth goal.

Holmstrom's power-play goal made it 2-0, 9:19 into the first period when his slap shot from the left point deflected in off the skate of Minnesota defenseman Nick Schultz. It was Holmstrom's 19th goal. Zetterberg got his 19th just 56 seconds later when he scored from the lip of the crease.

Detroit moved usual third-line center Valtteri Filppula up to the second line to play left wing along with Zetterberg at center and right wing Dan Cleary in an attempt to get Zetterberg going. Jason Williams moved down to the third line with Todd Bertuzzi and Miller, who switched from a wing to center. Apparently, it worked

"I always put pressure on myself," Zetterberg said. "I try not to care what other people are saying. You just have to believe in yourself and keep going and do the best you can."

Ebbett put the Wild on the board with only 11 seconds left in the opening period when his pass from the corner deflected in off the skate of Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart's skate for Ebbett's seventh goal.

"They came out and smacked us early," Minnesota center Kyle Brodziak said. "Jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Such a good team to try and come back on."

Miller's short-handed goal with 7:02 left in the second period made it 4-1. The rebound of Filppula's shot from the lip of the cease bounced in off Miller's body for his eighth goal and first short-handed effort of his career.

"It hit him in the shoulder, bounced and hit me in the stomach," Miller said. "It looked like it was going to hit my stick in my hands but it was too late. Luckily, it went off my stomach and went in."

Franzen scored his second with 5:17 left.


  • Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom tweaked his groin during the morning skate. Wild coach Todd Richards said he was day-to-day.
  • Minnesota RW Cal Clutterbuck returned after missing one game with a lower-body injury.
  • Ebbett played at the University of Michigan.
  • Wild LW Guillaume Latendresse was helped off the ice after being accidentally hit in the back of the neck by Brian Rafalski's stick as Latendresse reached for the puck off a faceoff 8:33 into the second period. Ralfalski received a high-sticking penalty. Latendresse didn't return. Richards said he was taken to the hospital just as a precaution, but did not think it was serious.
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Henrik Zetterberg sandwiches a pair of assists around this first-period goal. (US Presswire)
Henrik Zetterberg sandwiches a pair of assists around this first-period goal. (US Presswire)
Minnesota (31-29-6)1001
Detroit  (32-23-12) «3115
Three Stars
H. Zetterberg

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
J. Franzen

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
B. Stuart

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
02:25Johan Franzen (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Lebda, Holmstrom
09:19Power Play - Tomas Holmstrom (18), Tip-In. Assist: Zetterberg, Lidstrom
10:15Henrik Zetterberg (19), Snap Shot. Assist: Eaves, Draper
19:49Andrew Ebbett (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Havlat, Zidlicky
12:58Short - Drew Miller (8), Tip-In. Assist: Filppula, Kronwall
14:43Johan Franzen (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Zetterberg
Penalty Summary
03:59Lilja, 2 min, Tripping
04:20Koivu, 2 min, Interference
08:29Koivu, 2 min, Hooking
17:12Zidlicky, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
11:27Rafalski, 2 min, High-Sticking
16:25Sheppard, 2 min, High-Sticking
01:51Franzen, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
05:05Brodziak, 2 min, Slashing
10:48Brunette, 2 min, Interference
12:14Filppula, 2 min, Hooking
17:35Bertuzzi, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
Josh Harding60:00255
Jimmy Howard59:53211
Game Information
Attendance - 19327
Referees - Eric Furlatt, Wes McCauley
Linesmen - Ryan Galloway, Mark Shewchyk
Other Games
Ott 0 Final
Cal 2
TB 3 Final
Tor 4
Pitt 3 Final
Car 4
Atl 1 Final
Colu 2
StL 2 Final
Edm 4 Final
Mon 5
Nash 5 Final
SJ 8
Fla 0 Final
Colo 3
Bos 5 Final
Phi 1

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