Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/25/13
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings let one two-goal lead slip away on Friday night at Joe Louis Arena, but they held on to a second two-goal advantage. The Wings' forwards provided all the offense, getting a pair of goals from Todd Bertuzzi and one each from Damien Brunner, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, as they skated past the Minnesota Wild, 5-3. Detroit's forwards had combined to score just two goals through the first three games. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for the win. The Wild (2-2-0) got two goals from Zach Parise and one from Tom Gilbert, while goalie Josh Harding made 22 saves. Two of the Wings' goals came on the power play, off of five chances. They hadn't scored with the man advantage through the first three games of the season, going 0-for-15. Coincidently, the Wings didn't light the lamp on the power play through three games last season. In their fourth game last season, they did, which was against the Wild then as well. Bertuzzi's second goal, which came after a nice feed from Datsyuk, put Detroit (2-2-0) up 5-2. Parise got the Wild back to within two goals, banking a shot off Zetterberg's hip as he made his way out from behind the Wings' goal. Minnesota got its eighth power play of the game late in the third period and failed to capitalize, finishing with just one goal with the extra man. After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for six goals in the middle frame, four scored by the Wings. The first four goals, two by each team, were tallied before the seven-minute mark. Just 13 seconds into a power play that carried over from the first period, Brunner snapped a wrist shot in the top corner for the Wings' first power play goal of the season on 18 tries. Just 42 seconds later Bertuzzi deflected in a shot by Valtteri Filppula to give Detroit a 2-0 lead. Minnesota got on the board by scoring with 15 seconds left on a 5-on-3 man advantage when Parise beat Howard. Less than four minutes later, the Wild got the equalizer from Gilbert, scoring just as Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl stepped back on the ice after serving a penalty for interference. Zetterberg gave Detroit the lead back before the period's end, getting Harding to commit before sliding the puck in the open net after a nice cross-ice backhanded pass from Datsyuk. Datsyuk made it 4-2 just 26 seconds into Detroit's fifth power play of the game, beating Harding with another wrist shot. The Wild dominated play in the first half of the opening period, not allowing Detroit out of its own zone. They were aided by two power play chances during that stretch and a third later in the period, but could not capitalize in the opening 20 minutes. Detroit's power play continued to struggle in the first period. The Wings had 1:30 of a 5-on-3 power play when Cal Clutterbuck was sent off for hooking and 30 seconds later Clayton Stoner was assessed the same penalty. However, Detroit failed to get a shot on goal. The Wings had two shots over the final 30 seconds of the one-man advantage. NOTES: Detroit made a big play once free agency opened on July 4 for defenseman Ryan Suter and Parise, both of whom ended up with Minnesota. The pair, who received boos from Wings fans when the starters were announced, both got 13-year deals worth $98 million. "That was definitely one of the teams I was very interested in playing for," Parise said after the morning skate. "They're just a great organization. I have a lot of respect for them. That was a tough one, because it's a really good place to play." ... Defenseman Jonas Brodin made his NHL debut for the Wild. The 19-year-old won a gold medal with Sweden at the 2012 World Junior Championship. ... Detroit rookie defenseman Brendan Smith recorded his first NHL goal on March 2, 2012, against Minnesota at Joe Louis Arena. ... The Wings' scratches were defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (hip), goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) and right wing Patrick Eaves (healthy). Minnesota scratched left wing Matt Kassian (healthy), defenseman Mathew Dumba (healthy) and defenseman Jared Spurgeon (foot).
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