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Wild's fast pace swing momentum

Thursday, 01.10.2008 / 11:29 PM ET / News
By Derek Gluth  - DetroitRedWings.com Intern
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Wild\'s fast pace swing momentum
DETROIT -- The quick response is a great way to get your team back in the game.

After Martin Skoula gave the Minnesota Wild an early 1-0 lead, Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg answered 63-seconds later, setting the pace for what would become the Wings' highest-scoring game of the season.

The speedy goals continued as later in the first when Minnestoa scored two goals just 15-seconds apart. Marion Gaborik and Todd Fedoruk swung the game in the visitor's favor with their quick scoring.

"That kind of sets the tone for the game, we were down pretty much the whole game," said Wings defenseman Nicklas Kronwall, who's third goal of the season tied the score at 4-4 in the second.

The two goals put Minnesota ahead late in the first, but 49-seconds after Fedoruk put the Wild up 3-1, Valterri Filppula took one back for Detroit scoring a highlight reel goal with only 28-seconds left in the period to bring the Wings back, both mentally and on the scoreboard.

"We were fortunate, I think, to get that Filppula goal," Wings defenseman Chirs Chelios said. "Their team, Minnesota, when they get a two goal lead they go back in that defensive-mode and they just capitalize on your mistakes."

After a Matt Foy goal put the Wild up 4-2 early in the second, and unexpected source of scoring for Detroit came through when a shot from Dallas Drake was tipped by Kurtis Foster and over goalie Niklas Backstrom to bring the Wings again back within one.

That harmless throw to the goal led to Kronwall's goal 66 second later to tie the game, and turned Backstrom into a spectator for the rest of the night. It was the first time Backstrom had been pulled from a game since Nov. 16 against Edmonton, a game which the Wild won 4-2. Josh Harding entered the game and helped slow the scoring to a more goalie-friendly pace.

The game leveled out until 1:08 left in regulation when Dan Cleary put the Wings ahead for the first time all night.

"We ended up with a goal in the last (period)," Kronwall said. "We were hoping to build on that, but they came right back and scored. It was a weird game."

But once again, Minnesota answered, forcing overtime when Eric Bellanger scored with 49 seconds left in regulation.

"The bounce they got, that's just where the extra guy was," said Chelios of Bellanger's game tying goal. "It's just unfortunate, and then we lost in a shootout."

Even in the shootout, goals came in bunches. After the first three shooters missed, Brian Rolston scored to put the Wild up 1-0. Wings center Jiri Hudler came right back with a shot past Harding to put the pressure back on Gaborik, Minnesota's third shooter. Not to be outdone, Gaborik raced down and got the second point of the night for the Wild who lived up to their name in this 10-goal event.

While the Wings weren't satisfied with one point, they can be proud of their tireless effort to stay in the game, twice coming back from two goal deficits to tie the game before moving on to another high scoring team Saturday night in Ottawa.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59