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Nolan, Wild halt skid against Red Wings

Feb 22, 2009 - 4:54 AM
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- Owen Nolan had two goals and an assist as the Minnesota Wild snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored and registered an assist and defenseman Martin Skoula also tallied for the Wild, who avenged a 4-2 loss at Detroit on February 12.

"Tonight, we made some plays. We made better plays, had good shots on net," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said.

Tomas Kopecky and Ville Leino scored for Detroit. The loss was just the third in the last 11 games for the Red Wings (8-2-1).

Nolan scored both goals in the opening 8:15 of the first period as Minnesota jumped in front early and did not look back.

"It wasn't just a couple of guys, everybody got it going," Skoula said. "A great team effort. We had a good start, good first 20 minutes. And the biggest thing is that we didn't relax and played a full 60 minutes."

After Kopecky cut the deficit in half early in the second, the Wild beat Jimmy Howard for a pair of goals late in the period to build a three-goal advantage. Bouchard tallied with 2:47 left in the session and Skoula scored his first goal of the season 1:31 later for a 4-1 lead.

"It's always big to go in with a lead in the third period," Mikko Koivu said. "If its three goals or one goal, it's a big difference. At the same time, the start of the third period was important, that we could not just keep a lead, but keep playing and put pressure on them."

Niklas Backstrom stopped 35 shots, including several in the final minutes of the third period and Stephane Veilleux netted an empty-net goal with 1.8 seconds left to conclude the scoring.

Minnesota went 4-3-1 during an eight-game stretch that saw it play seven times at home. The Wild will not be seeing home ice often over the next month as they open a stretch of 15 of its next 19 contests on the road at Chicago on Sunday.

"It's huge," Skoula said of the win. "Especially going into Chicago tomorrow. Coming into March, with all the games on the road, it was a big win today."

The Wild were in need of a win as they attempt to stay in contention in the crowded Western Conference. They currently sit one point behind Anaheim for eighth in the West.

"I thought they won more battles than we did in the early going of the game," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "We won lots of battles and had lots of opportunities as the game went on, but we were already behind the eight-ball."

Leino made the score 4-2 with 5:15 left in the contest, but Backstrom shut the door from there and Veilleux found the empty net before the final buzzer sounded.

Howard stopped 24 shots for Detroit after being called up from Grand Rapids of the AHL on Thursday.

"It definitely didn't go as planned," Howard said of season debut. "In the end, I'm going to take some good things out of this game. I wish I could have done more with the opportunity I received here, but I still believe in myself and still think I am going to be an NHL goalie one day."






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    Red Wings 2, Wild 5  FinalFeb 21 11:10 PM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 0 1 1 2
    MINNESOTA 2 2 1 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - OWEN NOLAN 16 (PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD, MARC-ANDRE
    BERGERON) 2:50
    MIN - (PP) OWEN NOLAN 17 (BRENT BURNS, ERIC BELANGER) 8:15
    2ND PRD: DET - TOMAS KOPECKY 3 (VILLE LEINO, KIRK MALTBY) 2:55
    MIN - PIERRE-MARC BOUCHAR

    Feb 21 10:20 PM


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    DETROIT 2
    MINNESOTA 5
    3RD PRD: MIN - (EN) STEPHANE VEILLEUX 7 (UNASSISTED) 19:58

    Red Wings 2, Wild 5  3rd - 0:02Feb 21 10:20 PM


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    DETROIT 2
    MINNESOTA 4
    3RD PRD: DET - BRIAN RAFALSKI 9 (DANIEL CLEARY) 14:45

    Red Wings 2, Wild 4  3rd - 5:15Feb 21 10:15 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 0 1 1
    MINNESOTA 2 2 4 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - OWEN NOLAN 16 (PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD, MARC-ANDRE
    BERGERON) 2:50
    MIN - (PP) OWEN NOLAN 17 (BRENT BURNS, ERIC BELANGER) 8:15
    2ND PRD: DET - TOMAS KOPECKY 3 (VILLE LEINO, KIRK MALTBY) 2:55
    MIN - PIERRE

    Feb 21 9:33 PM


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    DETROIT 1
    MINNESOTA 4
    2ND PRD: MIN - MARTIN SKOULA 1 (MIKKO KOIVU, ANTTI MIETTINEN) 18:44

    Red Wings 1, Wild 4  2nd - 1:16Feb 21 9:32 PM


  • NHL
    DETROIT 1
    MINNESOTA 3
    2ND PRD: MIN - PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD 14 (OWEN NOLAN) 17:13

    Red Wings 1, Wild 3  2nd - 2:47Feb 21 9:29 PM
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    Red Wings 1, Wild 2  2nd - 9:35Feb 21 9:17 PM


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    DETROIT 1
    MINNESOTA 2
    2ND PRD: DET - TOMAS KOPECKY 3 (VILLE LEINO, KIRK MALTBY) 2:55

    Red Wings 1, Wild 2  2nd - 17:05Feb 21 9:03 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 0 0
    MINNESOTA 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - OWEN NOLAN 16 (PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD, MARC-ANDRE
    BERGERON) 2:50
    MIN - (PP) OWEN NOLAN 17 (BRENT BURNS, ERIC BELANGER) 8:15
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DET 8

    Feb 21 8:41 PM


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    DETROIT 0
    MINNESOTA 2
    1ST PRD: MIN - (PP) OWEN NOLAN 17 (BRENT BURNS, ERIC BELANGER) 8:15

    Red Wings 0, Wild 2  1st - 11:45Feb 21 8:24 PM


  • NHL
    DETROIT 0
    MINNESOTA 1
    1ST PRD: MIN - OWEN NOLAN 16 (PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD, MARC-ANDRE
    BERGERON) 2:50

    Red Wings 0, Wild 1  1st - 17:10Feb 21 8:15 PM