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Red Wings ride power play to win over Wild

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

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Red Wings ride power play to win over Wild
Minnesota Wild 3, Detroit Red Wings 5
Three Stars of the Game
Pavel Datsyuk
1st
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 3TOI: 18:22
Todd Bertuzzi
2nd
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:07
Zach Parise
3rd
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 22:04

The Detroit Red Wings finally got a power-play goal -- two, in fact -- and defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-3 at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night.

The Red Wings entered the game 0-for-15 on the power play this season and added two more failed attempts, but opened the scoring 13 seconds into the second period when Damien Brunner got a 5-on-4 goal off a feed from Henrik Zetterberg.

"That (pass) was perfect," Brunner said. "I finally got some speed going. … He knows that I'm coming there and it was perfect. He beat the defenseman with the pass so it was a perfect pass."

Zetterberg and Brunner combined on 41 goals playing in Switzerland’s National League during the lockout.

"Today he got a huge goal and got us going," Zetterberg said. "I think it’s good to have some chemistry, but that was a different league, a different ice surface. It will take a little time to adjust here, but hopefully we can keep playing like we did tonight."

Todd Bertuzzi gave the Red Wings a 2-0 lead 42 seconds later, but the Wild responded to tie with goals from Zach Parise and Tom Gilbert within a six-minute span.

The Red Wings scored the final two goals of the second period -- by Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, on a power play -- before Bertuzzi's second of the game gave Detroit a 5-2 lead 4:18 into the third period.

The goals were the first of the season for Bertuzzi, who missed the Wings' first three games with the flu, and Zetterberg. The five goals were more than the Red Wings had managed while starting their season 1-2-0.

"We just needed a win, man," Bertuzzi said. "We need wins. I don’t think it’s anything other than that. I think our power play kind of got us going and it’s a momentum-builder, and it’s also a drainer when it’s not going, so I thought the first unit did a really nice job of getting it going."

Valtteri Filppula had three assists, Niklas Kronwall and Datsyuk each had two, and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for the Red Wings.

Harding, who shut out the Dallas Stars 1-0 on Jan. 20 in his first start since his offseason diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, allowed four goals on the first 17 shots he faced and finished with 22 saves.

"You're looking at the goals, which one could you fault him on?" Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "There are times the puck goes in the net and there's nothing you can do."

Parise's second goal of the game closed the scoring at 10:18 of the third period. The crowd of 20,066 booed him and defenseman Ryan Suter throughout the game; the pair signed with Minnesota rather than Detroit as free agents during the offseason.

Suter, who played 32:02, and rookie Jonas Brodin, making his NHL debut, each had an assist for their first point with the Wild.

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
00:13
DET
PPG - Damien Brunner (2) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (3), Niklas Kronwall (3)
1 - 0 DET
00:55
DET
Todd Bertuzzi (1) ASST: Valtteri Filppula (1), Brendan Smith (1)
2 - 0 DET
02:49
MIN
PPG - Zach Parise (2) ASST: Ryan Suter (1), Mikko Koivu (3)
2 - 1 DET
06:29
MIN
Tom Gilbert (1) ASST: Mikael Granlund (1), Jonas Brodin (1)
2 - 2 Tie
12:56
DET
Henrik Zetterberg (1) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (3), Valtteri Filppula (2)
3 - 2 DET
17:24
DET
PPG - Pavel Datsyuk (2) ASST: Niklas Kronwall (4), Johan Franzen (2)
4 - 2 DET
3rd Period
04:18
DET
Todd Bertuzzi (2) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (4), Valtteri Filppula (3)
5 - 2 DET
10:18
MIN
Zach Parise (3) ASST: Tom Gilbert (1), Mikko Koivu (4)
5 - 3 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
03:28
DET
Brian Lashoff  Tripping against  Dany Heatley
07:31
DET
Pavel Datsyuk  Hooking against  Devin Setoguchi
10:06
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Hooking against  Jakub Kindl
10:36
MIN
Clayton Stoner  Hooking against  Johan Franzen
13:16
DET
Daniel Cleary  Interference against  Ryan Suter
19:07
MIN
Tom Gilbert  Cross checking against  Daniel Cleary
2nd Period
01:04
DET
Darren Helm  Interference against  Kyle Brodziak
01:25
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Hooking against  Zach Parise
04:27
DET
Jakub Kindl  Interference against  Darroll Powe
10:39
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Hooking against  Matt Cullen
16:58
MIN
Mikko Koivu  Hooking against  Henrik Zetterberg
18:11
MIN
Jonas Brodin  Holding against  Darren Helm
3rd Period
08:47
DET
Justin Abdelkader  Fighting (maj) against  Justin Falk
08:47
MIN
Justin Falk  Fighting (maj) against  Justin Abdelkader
11:58
DET
Daniel Cleary  Holding against  Tom Gilbert
goalie stats
Josh Harding
SA: 27TOI: 57:21
Saves: 22EV: 17 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .815SH: 2 - 2
Jimmy Howard
SA: 26TOI: 59:56
Saves: 23EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .885SH: 0 - 0