Detroit 6, Minnesota 0

Friday, March 2, 2012 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 28-27-2-8 15-11-1-3 13-16-1-5 L3
Detroit 43-19-1-2 27-3-1-1 16-16-0-1 W2


Valtteri Filppula collected two goals and an assist and Jimmy Howard turned aside 19 shots as host Detroit regained sole possession of first place in the Central Division.
Defenseman Niklas Kronwall notched three assists for his second straight three-point performance and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and two assists.
Brendan Smith recorded his first career NHL goal for the Red Wings, who moved past the idle St. Louis Blues to claim the division lead. Detroit is tied with the New York Rangers, one point behind the Vancouver Canucks for the overall lead in the NHL.
Filppula opened the scoring 35 seconds into the contest after cleaning up Zetterberg's rebound and backhanding the puck past Josh Harding. The 27-year-old Finn netted his second tally of the game during a three-goal second period for Detroit.
Staked to an offensive explosion, Howard cruised to his sixth shutout of the season and 11th career. The victory was the netminder's first since he returned from a broken finger.
Harding yielded six goals on 29 shots for the Wild, who fell to 3-13-4 in their last 20 road contests.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Veteran Todd Bertuzzi did not return for the third period after suffering a lower body injury. ... Detroit improved to 9-0-3 in its last 12 home meetings with Minnesota. ... The Red Wings snapped a modest two-game home losing skid after winning an NHL-record 23 straight at Joe Louis Arena. ... Prior to the contest, Filppula recorded only one goal in 22 career games versus the Wild.

Top Game Performances

Minnesota   Detroit
N/A Points Valtteri Filppula 3
N/A Goals Valtteri Filppula 2
N/A Assists Niklas Kronwall 3
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Matt Hackett 1.000 Save Percentage Jimmy Howard 1.000
Josh Harding 23 Saves Jimmy Howard 19

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 19 0 0-2 5-5 14 37
Detroit 35 6 0-5 2-2 8 25

Upcoming Games

  • Detroit will play its next game at home against Chicago. The Red Wings have a W/L % of .744 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play its next game at home against Colorado. The Wild have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .324 after a loss.
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