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Postgame Notes vs. Detroit - Feb. 17

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

LW Jason Zucker scored his first NHL goal and LW Torrey Mitchell scored his first goal with the Wild 32 seconds apart midway through the second period, and rookie G Darcy Kuemper made 29 saves in a surprise start for his first NHL win, leading Minnesota past the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in front of 19,117 – the second largest crowd of the season at Xcel Energy Center. LW Dany Heatley scored his first goal in 10 games for the Wild, which plays in Edmonton Thursday at 8:30 p.m. CT.

Recalled from AHL Houston yesterday, LW Jason Zucker scored his first NHL goal in his seventh game – first this season. Zucker, the team’s second-round pick (No. 59 overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, tied the game at 13:13 of the 2nd period. Zucker became the first Nevada-trained player to score in the NHL. Zucker was born in Newport Beach, Calif., but moved to Nevada.

C Torrey Mitchell scored his first goal with the Wild – his first in 18 games dating back to March 26, 2012.

LW Dany Heatley scored his fifth goal of the season – snapping a nine-game streak without a goal. Three of his five goals this season have been the Wild’s first goal, and 18 of his 29 over the last two seasons have been the Wild’s first goal.

C Mikko Koivu skated in his 503rd career game, passing Marian Gaborik for sole possession of third place on the Wild’s all-time games played list. LW Pierre-Marc Bouchard ranks second with 535 career games, while former D Nick Schultz holds the franchise mark with 743 games. Koivu had an assist and is tied for the team lead with 12 points (3-9=12).

LW Johan Larsson made his NHL debut after being recalled from Houston (AHL) yesterday. The 20-year-old skated 14:02

G Darcy Kuemper won his first NHL game in his second NHL start, making 29* saves. Kuemper started with G Niklas Backstrom ill.

C Mikael Granlund posted an assist for the third straight game.

The Wild rallied from two goals down to beat Detroit for the first time since the teams’ first-ever meeting, Dec. 27, 2000, at Joe Louis Arena.

Minnesota improved to 4-1-5 in its last 10 games against Detroit at Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild allowed a Pavel Datsyuk goal 20 seconds into the second period, the fastest goal ever to start a middle stanza by an opposing team at Xcel Energy Center. The old mark was 36 seconds, set by Edmonton’s Ryan Smyth, on April 6, 2006.

The Wild improved to 4-0-0 while wearing its green jerseys this season.

Tonight marked the fifth time in 46 all-time meetings the Wild has scored three times in a period against Detroit.

The Wild won after trailing by two goals for the first time since March 22, 2012, a 3-2 shootout win over Calgary.

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