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Red Wings 3, Wild 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

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Red Wings 3, Wild 2
Minnesota Wild 2, Detroit Red Wings 3

DETROIT -- Marian Hossa not only ended the Red Wings' skid, he more than likely took care of any playoff chances the Minnesota Wild may have had.

Hossa scored with 55 seconds left to lift Detroit to a 3-2 win over Minnesota on Sunday, snapping the Red Wings' three-game losing streak.

Detroit also got a goal and an assist from Pavel Datsyuk, a goal from Jiri Hudler and a pair of assists from Tomas Holmstrom. Chris Osgood made 20 saves.

"We knew how desperate they are. They need to win every game to get into the playoffs," Hossa said. "We felt an urgency in the dressing room, too, that this was a playoff game."

The Red Wings became only the third team in HHL history to win 50 games in four straight seasons. The Boston Bruins did it from 1971-74 and the Montreal Canadiens from 1976-79.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and former Detroit coach Scotty Bowman are the only coaches to win 50 games in four consecutive season.

Niklas Backstrom made 41 saves, Cal Clutterbuck had a goal and an assist and Marian Gaborik also scored for the Wild, who are 10th in the Western Conference and needed at least a point to retain a realistic chance of reaching the playoffs.

Minnesota was less than a minute left from overtime and getting that point when Hossa broke their hearts.

"We came here to play good and try and take two points," Backstrom said. "We came close to getting one, but we didn't come out with anything."

Gaborik, who has seven goals and 10 points in eight games since returning from groin problems that forced him to miss 65 games this season, tied it with 2:03 left in the second period when he scored his 10th goal from the slot during a goal-mouth scramble.

Hossa scored his 38th by beating Backstrom from the right circle after taking a pass from Holmstrom.

"Pasha (Datsyuk) got the puck and he just chipped it to Homer (Holmstrom), and Homer took the puck to the middle and he just serve it to me perfectly," Hossa said. "I just tried to make sure the puck was stable on my stick and tried to shoot it high glove and it worked."

That left the Wild mulling what could have been. They're three points out of the final playoff spot with three games remaining.

"The only thing we can do is work as hard as we can," Clutterbuck said. "The rest is out of our hands."

Detroit is trying to get dialed in as the playoffs approach.

"I think the third period was the kind the kind of hockey you're going to have to play come playoff time," Nicklas Lidstrom said.

Detroit led 2-1 after a wild first period.

Hudler opened the scoring with 8:39 left with his 23rd goal, putting in a one-timer from the slot off a pass from Henrik Zetterberg, and Datsyuk made it 2-0 just 1:04 later when he moved across the slot and finally backhanded a high shot over a sprawling Backstrom.

Minnesota took advantage of Osgood's gaffe to get on the board with 1:26 left in the opening period. Clutterbuck intercepted the goalie's pass along the right wing boards and put a shot through as Osgood scrambled to get back into position.

scoring summary
1st Period
Jiri Hudler (23) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (39)
1 - 0 DET
Pavel Datsyuk (32) ASST: Marian Hossa (30), Tomas Holmstrom (20)
2 - 0 DET
Cal Clutterbuck (10) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 DET
2nd Period
Marian Gaborik (10) ASST: Cal Clutterbuck (7), Peter Olvecky (4)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
Marian Hossa (38) ASST: Tomas Holmstrom (21), Pavel Datsyuk (63)
3 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
Jiri Hudler  Too many men/ice - bench
James Sheppard  Boarding against  Tomas Holmstrom
2nd Period
Kris Draper  Holding against  Peter Olvecky
Cal Clutterbuck  Hi-sticking against  Chris Chelios
3rd Period
goalie stats
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 44TOI: 59:31
Saves: 41EV: 33 - 36
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .932SH: 2 - 2
Chris Osgood
Chris Osgood
SA: 23TOI: 59:22
Saves: 21EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
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