Backed by Dwayne Roloson and the best penalty killers in the NHL, the Minnesota Wild did something Tuesday night it hadn't done in three years: Win at Detroit.
A 4-2 loss ended the Red Wings' winning streak at five games. The Wings were 1-for-7 on the power play, and gave up an empty-net goal with over a minute to play, ending what chances they had of a comeback. The loss dropped Detroit to 1-6-1 when trailing after two periods.
Tomas Holmstrom scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season, and Nick Lidstrom's two assists gave him four points in the past two games. Andrei Zyuzin, Filip Kuba, Brian Rolston and Alexandre Daigle scored for Minnesota.
Roloson's 43-save performance had everything to do with why the Wings were down a goal going into the third period despite holding a 25-15 shot advantage. Roloson, to put it simply, wouldn't let anything through.
"That was the best I've seen him play," Chris Osgood said. "When he plays like that, and they play stingy and they're opportunistic and they wait for their best chances - it's frustrating."
Mathieu Schneider tried twice from the crease in the waning minutes of the third period, part of a 20-shot third-period barrage. But by then it was too late: If only the Wings had figured out how to get shots from the inside sooner.
"We didn't think we had second-chances until partway through the game," coach Mike Babcock said. "They controlled the inside of the rink."
The Wings got the first six shots on goal but slowed down considerably after the Wild scored on two of its first three shots. Rolston, of Flint, fired the puck wide, but it bounced back out into the slot, where Zyuzin quickly skated in and snapped the puck five-hole. A little over a minute later, Kuba fired a shot from the blue line that deflected past Osgood.
"I've got to find the second one," Osgood said. "It went through two or three guys and it just hit me in the side and went it."
It wasn't until well into the second period the Wings scored their only power-play goal, after Willie Mitchell went into the box for four minutes for high-sticking Brendan Shanahan. Pavel Datsyuk sent the puck to Lidstrom, who wound up and rifled a shot on net, where Holmstrom deflected it, at 6:14.
Overall, it was a frustrating night for the Wings' power-play men.
"We knew they had a good penalty kill, so we worked on it yesterday," Holmstrom said. "It's tough to say what went wrong. We had shots, but they were all over us in their own end. Roloson played a great game, too."
In other NHL action: Pittsburgh 6, Montreal 4; Tampa Bay 1, NY Rangers 0 (OT); New Jersey 3, Florida 0; Colorado 3, Nashville 0; Edmonton 5, Chicago 0.