ST. PAUL, MN (AP)
-- 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.