G Josh Harding
made 36 saves for his first win since March 21, 2010, and LW Dany Heatley
scored the game’s lone goal in the first period, as the Minnesota Wild blanked the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota, which earned its second ever shutout of the Red Wings, visits Detroit on Tuesday before returning home to host defending Western Conference champion Vancouver on Thursday.
G Josh Harding
made 36 saves for his fifth career shutout – his second at Xcel Energy Center. Harding made his second start of the season (both coming against Detroit), improving to 1-0-1 with a 1.45 GAA and a .962 SV%. Harding missed all of last season with torn knee ligaments. His last win came March 21, 2010 vs. Calgary. Harding’s last shutout came Jan. 28, 2010, at Colorado. In 27 all-time appearances at home, Harding is 13-7-2 with a 2.13 GAA and a .926 SV%.
LW Dany Heatley
registered a first period goal to extend his point streak to four games (2-2=4). He leads the team in scoring with seven points (3-4=7).
C Mikko Koivu
notched his fifth assist of the season. Koivu has a point in back-to-back games for the first time this season.
The Wild defeated the Red Wings in regulation for the first time in eight games dating back to a 5-2 decision Jan. 27, 2010.
The Wild have now played in eight, one-goal games this season (2-2-3), out of 10 total games. Detroit played just its second one-goal game (1-1-0).
Detroit was shut out for the first time this season. Tonight marked the Wild’s second shutout ever of the Red Wings in 42 games. Dwayne Roloson blanked Detroit 4-0 on March 23, 2003.
D Nate Prosser
made his season debut for the Wild.
The Wild won for the second time when scoring first (2-0-3).
Detroit has lost four in a row in regulation for the first time since Feb. 10-Feb. 17, 2008.