Highlights: Wild Power Past Red Wings

ST. PAUL, MN - MARCH 4: Eric Staal
ST. PAUL, MN - MARCH 4: Eric Staal /
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The Minnesota Wild powered past the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night winning 4-1 at the Xcel Energy Center.

This was the third consecutive loss for the Wings as their dim playoff hopes got dimmer. Despite scoring the first goal of the game, the away side was unable to match the Wild in the latter stages of the game.

Game Timeline

Justin Abdelkader gave the Red Wings an early advantage three minutes and 58 seconds into the game. The forward put a well-placed rebound home for his 11th goal of the campaign.

Luke Witkowski and Nick Seeler dropped the gloves for what was a pretty intense fight early in the second.

Eric Staal continued his impressive run of form with his 34th goal of the season at the 7:22 mark of the second period.

Zach Parise scored less than minutes later to give the Wild the lead. Mikko Koivu set up the forward perfectly to record his fifth point in four games.

Jason Zucker scored his first of two late third period goals at the 15:42 mark to effectively put the game away for the Wild. He added an empty-net goal 40 seconds as it finished 4-1.

Game Notes

  • Jimmy Howard suffered the loss in goal he stopped 23 of the 26 shots he faced.
  • Zucker and Ryan Suter both finished with two points to lead all players on the ice.
  • The Red Wings outshot the Wild 29 to 27.
  • Dylan Larkin increased his team-leading scoring total to 49 points with an assist.
  • The Wild move back up into third place in the Central Division following the win.

Up Next

The Red Wings concluded their road trip on Tuesday against the Boston Bruins. Gametime is set for 7:00 p.m. This game will be nationally televised on NBCSN.