C Johan Franzen scored a power play with 48.5 seconds left in overtime, as the Detroit Red Wings rallied from a two-goal deficit to remain undefeated, 3-2, over the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. G Josh Harding
returned from a 568-day injury absence to make 38 saves, D Greg Zanon scored his first goal in 136 games and RW Cal Clutterbuck
added a goal for Minnesota, which plays host to Pittsburgh on Tuesday for a special 6:30 p.m. start time on VERSUS.
G Josh Harding
made 38 saves, making his first regular season start since March 26, 2010, at Detroit, a span of 568 days. Harding left that game with a hip/labrum injury, and then suffered a season-ending knee injury (torn ACL/MCL) in a preseason game at St. Louis on Sept. 24, 2010. Harding made his first home start since March 21, 2010, against Calgary. Harding has made just 20 of his 66 career starts at Xcel Energy Center.
D Greg Zanon scored his first goal in 136 games dating back to Dec. 12, 2009, at Vancouver. Tonight he scored his 10th career goal in 398 games. Four of his 10 goals have come versus Detroit. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Zanon’s 135-game goal drought was the second-longest active streak in the NHL, behind only Tampa Bay’s Mattias Ohlund (141).
RW Cal Clutterbuck
scored his first goal of the season. The Wild is 13-3-3 since the beginning of last season when Clutterbuck scores a goal, and 29-10-3 overall when he scores.
Minnesota led 1-0 after one period tonight. The Red Wings had outscored the Wild 7-2 in the first period of the teams’ last six meetings.
Zanon’s goal snapped the Red Wings’ shutout streak at 141 minutes, 19 seconds, and was the first time in four games this season that Detroit trailed.
Minnesota is 0-2-2 in the last four meetings with Detroit, and 1-4-2 in the last seven.
Minnesota has played three straight overtime/shootout games for the first time since Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2009.