Wild sinking fast, lose 5-1 to Red WingsMinnesota Sports
- The Wild continued their march away from playoff contention on Thursday night, falling to Detroit 5-1 to bring their winless streak to four games.
From The Examiner.com
DETROIT - The Wild continued their march away from playoff contention on Thursday night, falling to Detroit 5-1 to bring their winless streak to four games.
Taking advantage of a depleted Minnesota defensive line, the Red Wings scored three unanswered goals in the first ten minutes of the game and never looked back, scoring twice at even strength, once on the power play and adding a shorthanded goal as well.
Johan Franzen put Detroit up 1-0 just 2:25 into the game on a shot that popped over the shoulder of backup goaltender Josh Harding, just barely crossing the line. Harding was a late starting decision, as Niklas Backstrom suffered a minor injury during the morning skate. Backstrom joined regular defensemen Brent Burns and Shane Hnidy, who were scratched after suffering injuries in Tuesday’s loss against Florida.
Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg added goals one minute apart midway through the first.
An Andrew Ebbett goal put Minnesota on the board with 11 seconds left in the first period, but Drew Miller deflected in a shot from Valtteri Filppula for a shorthanded goal at 12:58 of the second period to pull Detroit away.
Franzen squeaked a bad-angle wrist shot between the legs of Harding with 5:37 to play in the third for Detroit’s fifth goal.
Making matters worse, leading goal-scorer Guillaume Latendresse left the game late in the second period after taking an inadvertent stick to the back of the head from Detroit defenseman Brian Rafalski.