The Minnesota Wild struggled to score when it needed to again before falling to the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 Friday at Joe Louis Arena.

The Wild had opportunities to take control of the game early and get back into the game late, but were unable to get closer than down by two goals in the second half of the game.

The fireworks began in the second period when the Red Wings took a 2-0 lead within the first minute.

The Wild (2-2-0) finally got on the board with the help of a two-man advantage two minutes and 49 seconds into the middle stanza. Zach Parise received a pass from Ryan Suter at the bottom of the circles for a quick shot into the open net behind Jimmy Howard.

The Wild tied the game three and a half minutes later when Tom Gilbert ripped a wrist shot past Howard. Mikael Granlund and Jonas Brodin recorded their first NHL assists on the play. Brodin kept the puck in the zone and chipped it down to Granlund in the corner. Granlund moved out of the corner and fed a pass up the slot to Gilbert.

Parise scored his second goal of the game and third of the season by sending the puck to the front of the net. His pass attempt from behind the net hit the backside of the Red Wings' defender and tucked inside the post.

The Wild had several chances and dominated the first period with an 11-6 shots on goal advantage. However, by the time the game ended, the Red Wings flipped the script and held a 21-15 advantage over the second and third periods.

Pavel Datsyuk had a hand in each of the Red Wings' last three goals. He scored the eventual game-winner late in the second with a wrist shot through a screen. That goal came sandwiched between two beautiful passes that set up the third and fifth Red Wings' goals.

The game lacked a good pace or flow in the first and second periods due mainly to questionable officiating. There were 12 minor penalties between the two teams, but most of them were ticky-tack, needlessly called infractions.

Three Stars

No. 3 – Henrik Zetterberg. The Red Wings forward scored a goal and added two assists.

No. 2 – Valterri Filppula. The Red Wings forward recorded three assists.

No. 1 – Pavel Datsyuk. The Red Wings forward recorded the eventual game-winning goal and two assists.


Minnesota     0 2 1 – 3

Detroit          0 4 1 – 5

       First Period – None. Penalties – Lashoff, Det (tripping), 3:28; Datsyuk, Det (hooking), 7:31; Clutterbuck, Min (hooking), 10:06; Stoner, Min (hooking), 10:36; Cleary, Det (interference), 13:16; Gilbert, Min (cross checking), 19:07.

       Second Period – 1, Detroit, Brunner 2 (Zetterberg, Kronwall), :13 (pp). 2, Detroit, Bertuzzi 1 (Filpulla, Smith), :55. 3, Minnesota, Parise 2 (Suter, Koivu) 2:49 (pp). 4, Minnesota, Gilbert 1 (Granlund, Brodin), 6:29. 5, Detroit, Zetterberg 1 (Datsyuk, Filpulla), 12:56. 6, Detroit, Datsyuk 2 (Kronwall, Franzen), 17:24 (pp). Penalties – Helm, Det (interference), 1:04; Kronwall, Det (hooking), 1:25; Kindl, Det (inteference), 4:27; Kronwall, Det (hooking), 10:39; Koivu, Min (hooking), 16:58; Brodin, Min (holding), 18:11.

       Third Period – 7, Detroit, Bertuzzi 2 (Datsyuk, Filpulla) 4:18. 8, Minnesota, Parise 3 (Koivu, Gilbert), 10:18. Penalties – Falk, Min, major (fighting), 8:47; Abdelkader, Det, major (fighting), 8:47; Cleary, Det (holding), 11:58.

       Shots on goal – Minnesota 11-10-5 26. Detroit 6-11-10 27.

       Goalies – Minnesota, Harding (22-27). Detroit, Howard (23-26). A – 20,066. Referees – Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock. Linesmen – Andy McElman, Jean Morin.