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Moulson scores in OT to give Wild weekend split

by Staff

The Minnesota Wild rallied from two goals down Sunday night at Joe Louis Arena before defeating the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in overtime to earn a split of the home-and-home weekend series.

Matt Moulson scored the game-winner at 2:15 of overtime when he tipped in defenseman Jonas Brodin's wrist shot.

"[Brodin] showed great patience," Moulson told "He kind of looked over and made eye contact with me. I went to the net. He couldn't have put it in a better place."

The Wild (37-24-11) took a 3-2 lead on Zach Parise's 24th goal of the season at 6:18 of the third period, but Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar ripped a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot over Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's blocker to tie the game with 8:17 left in regulation. It was Tatar's 16th goal.

Detroit (33-24-14) led 2-0 on goals by red-hot Gustav Nyquist before Jason Pominville scored his 27th of the season, blasting a slap shot from the top of the circles over Jimmy Howard's glove at 11:57 of the second.

Charlie Coyle pulled the Wild even 2-2 with his ninth goal at 4:33 of the third period, and Parise gave Minnesota a 3-2 lead when he whacked in a rebound of a Mikael Granlund deflection attempt from the top of the crease.

"Obviously, it would be easy to get frustrated and get off your game. They didn't. They continued to apply the pressure, and we did it playing our game. That's the best part," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "When you're down 2-0 and you come into this building, and then obviously to battle back like that, down a goal in the third period, of course, we're very happy to get to overtime to get that point. That said, I think that there is a feeling around here that we haven't gotten that extra point lately, so to get that extra point tonight was very big for us."

Howard made 21 saves for the Red Wings, who are 7-0-3 in their past 10 home games. The overtime loss snapped Detroit's three-game winning streak.

"I didn't think our energy was as good as it has been, for sure," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "They're a good team, too, pushing back, and they had us on our heels. I thought they controlled territorial play, our goaltending was good, we had a huge kill in the third and scored a huge goal to get ourselves a point. I'd have liked to have seen a box out on the tip guy who scored the goal at the end; we didn't get that done. All in all, the way I look at it, we had a great week here."

Nyquist continued his torrid goal-scoring pace when he hammered home a rebound off Niklas Kronwall's shot at 13:45 of the first period on the power play. He scored his second on a breakaway when he slipped the puck past Bryzgalov along the ice to the glove side with 1:33 left in the first period.

Nyquist has seven goals in the past five games, 18 in the past 23. He scored the game-winner in the third period Saturday night to lift Detroit past Minnesota 3-2 in St. Paul.

The three points earned have the Red Wings in the top wild-card position in the Eastern Conference.

"We're battling for a playoff spot. … Unfortunately, we couldn't keep this streak rolling here tonight," Nyquist said. "We got a point, so we'll forget about this one and move on."

The win strengthened the Wild's hold on the top wild card in the Western Conference.

Howard made a number of key saves in the first period, when Minnesota had a 12-6 lead in shots, to keep Detroit in the game. He robbed Kyle Brodziak with the glove from in close at 5:23, then slid post to post to stop Moulson on a tip attempt on the power play at 15:15.

Minnesota outshot Detroit 25-16. Each team converted one power-play opportunity; Detroit went 1-for-2 and Minnesota was 1-for-3. Bryzgalov made 13 saves.

Detroit forward Todd Bertuzzi was a late scratch because of the flu. He was replaced in the lineup by Joakim Andersson.

The Red Wings play at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Columbus will enter two points behind Detroit.

The Wild host the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.

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