Wings Lose A Wild Game

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT -- Martin Gaborik scored on the final attempt in a shootout, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 6-5 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

The NHL-leading Red Wings appeared to have the game in hand with 1:08 left in regulation, when they went ahead for the first time on Dan Cleary's goal.

But less than 20 seconds later, Eric Belanger grabbed a fluttering puck and poked it past Chris Osgood to force overtime.

In the shootout, Brian Rolston and Gaborik scored while Jiri Hudler was the only Red Wing to get a shot past Josh Harding.

Osgood had a rough night, giving up a goal on the first shot he faced and allowing a season-high five goals shortly after he was named an All-Star and one day following the announcement of his three-year contract.

Niklas Backstrom was pulled after giving up four goals on 19 shots, including Niklas Kronwall's tying goal at 8:38 of the second period.

Harding kept the Wild in the game, turning away a slew of shots, including two quality scoring chances Pavel Datsyuk had in the third and stopping him and Henrik Zetterberg in the shootout.

Harding had 26 saves and Osgood had 23.

Zetterberg, Valtteri Filppula, Dallas Drake and Kronwall scored for Detroit, which had won four straight.

Martin Skoula, Gaborik, Todd Fedoruk and Matt Foy had goals in regulation for the Wild, who were sold earlier in the day to former Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold.


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