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Red Wings 6, Wild 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Red Wings 6, Wild 2
Minnesota Wild 2, Detroit Red Wings 6

DETROIT (AP) -Johan Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom got tired of watching Henrik Zetterberg, Valtteri Filppula and Todd Bertuzzi have all the fun.

Franzen had two goals and two assists for his first career four-point game in the Detroit Red Wings' 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.

Datsyuk and Holmstrom also had a goal and an assist as the line dominated the game.

Franzen's first goal broke a string of nine straight Detroit goals scored by the Zetterberg-Filppula-Bertuzzi unit. That line scored all of Detroit's goals in the past two games and the final two in the previous contest.

"It was bouncing my way tonight, our way. It happens," Franzen said.

Jonathan Ericsson had a goal and an assist, and Drew Miller also scored for Detroit, which tied a season high with its fourth straight win.

The Red Wings are tied with Colorado with 89 points for the last two playoff spot in the Western Conference, six points ahead of ninth-place Calgary.

"Guys have been playing well," goalie Jimmy Howard said after making 25 saves on his 26th birthday. "We've had it going pretty good since the Olympic break (10-2-1)."

Andrew Brunette and Owen Nolan scored for Minnesota, and Josh Harding made 28 saves before leaving after two periods because of a nagging hip injury. Niklas Backstrom replaced him and stopped eight shots.

"There were a lot of teams close to them for a while, but they've definitely stepped up their game to make sure they'll make it into the playoffs," Minnesota's Greg Zanon said.

Franzen opened the scoring 1:19 into the second period. He cut in off the left wing, faked a shot from the circle - which Harding bit on - and put the puck into the empty net after taking a couple of more strides.

Holmstrom's power-play goal made it 2-0, 4:22 into the middle period. He tipped Nicklas Lidstrom's shot from the point in out of the air. It was Holmstrom's 21st goal.

"Sometimes it doesn't go in but we've been getting some bounces," Holmstrom said. "It's good that we get scoring from all of the guys. It was our night tonight."

Ericsson's short-handed goal, at 10:03, also came off a tip of Lidstrom's slap shot. It was Ericsson's fourth goal.

Datsyuk was credited with his 24th goal just 1:20 later when his pass out of the corner bounced in off Zanon's skate in the crease.

"We unraveled in the second period," Wild coach Todd Richards said.

Brunette's power-play goal with 3:53 left in the second put Minnesota on the board. He poked in a loose puck from the crease while being pulled down. It was Brunette's 23rd goal.

Nolan got his 15th goal, 2:09 into the third period, when his bouncing, harmless-looking shot from the top of the right circle along the boards skipped over Howard's pad and between his arm and body.

"I would've liked to have had that second goal back," Howard said. "Should have played it like a shortstop and attacked it instead of sitting back."

Franzen's second goal, and ninth of the season, came on the power play 5:29 into the third when a bouncing puck went in off his leg.

Miller added his ninth goal, 7:26 into the third period.

NOTES: After the morning skate Kris Draper, as he does on each of his teammates' birthdays during the season, got Howard in the face with a shaving cream pie. ... Minnesota center and captain Mikko Koivu missed his second game with an injured arm ... Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves returned after missing three games with a head/neck injury. ... Detroit forward Dan Cleary left the game during the first period with an aggravated groin. Red Wings' coach Mike Babcock said Cleary would not play Saturday night in Minnesota in the second game of the home-and-home contests ... Wild forward Chuck Kobasew left the game after the second period with a knee injury. Richards said he didn't now how bad it was. ... Minnesota's James Sheppard's assist on Nolan's goal was his first point in 31 games.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:19
DET
Johan Franzen (8) ASST: Jason Williams (6)
1 - 0 DET
04:32
DET
PPG - Tomas Holmstrom (21) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (38), Johan Franzen (5)
2 - 0 DET
10:03
DET
SHG - Jonathan Ericsson (4) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (39), Niklas Kronwall (13)
3 - 0 DET
11:23
DET
Pavel Datsyuk (24) ASST: Johan Franzen (6), Jonathan Ericsson (9)
4 - 0 DET
16:07
MIN
PPG - Andrew Brunette (23) ASST: Marek Zidlicky (35), Andrew Ebbett (5)
4 - 1 DET
3rd Period
02:09
MIN
Owen Nolan (15) ASST: James Sheppard (4), Brent Burns (15)
4 - 2 DET
05:29
DET
PPG - Johan Franzen (9) ASST: Tomas Holmstrom (14), Pavel Datsyuk (38)
5 - 2 DET
07:26
DET
Drew Miller (9) ASST: Jason Williams (7), Kris Draper (14)
6 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
01:07
MIN
Antti Miettinen  Holding against  Brian Rafalski
04:36
MIN
Nick Schultz  Delaying the game
11:21
MIN
John Scott  Hooking against  Drew Miller
16:35
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Holding the stick against  Marty Havlat
2nd Period
01:31
MIN
Kyle Brodziak  Tripping against  Andreas Lilja
03:16
MIN
Antti Miettinen  Slashing against  Todd Bertuzzi
07:45
DET
Jonathan Ericsson  Interference against  Derek Boogaard
09:01
DET
Johan Franzen  Too many men/ice - bench
15:58
DET
Patrick Eaves  Hooking against  Marek Zidlicky
3rd Period
03:38
MIN
Nick Schultz  Unsportsmanlike conduct
12:11
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Interference against  Pavel Datsyuk
12:45
DET
Todd Bertuzzi  Interference on goalkeeper against  Niklas Backstrom
17:59
MIN
Marty Havlat  Holding against  Drew Miller
18:51
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Roughing against  Niklas Kronwall
18:51
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Unsportsmanlike conduct
goalie stats
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 10TOI: 20:00
Saves: 8EV: 7 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .800SH: 0 - 0
Josh Harding
Josh Harding
9-12-0
SA: 32TOI: 40:00
Saves: 28EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .875SH: 3 - 4
Jimmy Howard
SA: 27TOI: 59:41
Saves: 25EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .926SH: 3 - 3

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