Devin Setoguchi's OT goal, Josh Harding's goaltending help lift Wild
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Devin Setoguchi scored on a rebound of Mikko Koivu's shot at 1 minute, 33 seconds of overtime, and Josh Harding was outstanding in goal again as the Minnesota Wild rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena.
The winning goal came with the Red Wings' Johan Franzen serving a goaltender interference penalty and gave the Wild's struggling power play its first goal in eight chances on the evening.
The Wild had tied the score with one minute left in regulation when Koivu deflected Justin Falk's shot from the left point past Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard for his first goal of the season. That spoiled what had been a perfect night up to that point for Howard.
In the end, Howard was outplayed by Harding for the second time in three days. Harding blanked the Red Wings in a 1-0 Wild victory on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center, stopping 36 shots.
Tuesday night, Harding was oustanding in making another 36 saves, including 11 in the third period and five in overtime. Harding's heroics included acrobatic stops on Nicklas Lidstrom with the Wild down a man in the third period and another on Justin Abdelkader with 5:14 left in regulation.
Howard finished with 25 saves as the Red Wings lost their fifth in a row. Howard had robbed Koivu with the Wild holding a two-man advantage in the third period.
Harding appeared fortunate to remain in the game in the third period.
He was shaken up when he was bowled over by Red Wings left winger Drew Miller behind the net early in the period. After being attended to Harding remained on the ice and the Wild had a 5-on-3 power play for 1 minute, 24 seconds.
Howard's best save during the Wild's two-man advantage came when he stopped Koivu from the side of the net. Pierre-Marc Bouchard also had a chance from the side of the cage but couldn't get the puck past Howard.
Howard also made a couple of nice saves on Guillaume Latendresse in the period, including one on a power play.
The Wild came out flat and were outshot 7-0 by the Red Wings in the first five minutes of the opening period.
Lidstrom gave Detroit a 1-0 lead 6 minutes into the game when he tipped a Henrik Zetterberg shot past Harding while standing in the slot.
Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky had just returned from serving a tripping penalty.
The Wild, who had two power plays in the period to the Red Wings' one, were outshot 12-4 in the opening 20 minutes.
Wild coach Mike Yeo became more pleased with his team's play, "Once we got the first period out of the way," calling it, "a complete disaster."
The Wild finally showed some life about midway through the second period.
With Todd Bertuzzi serving a cross-checking penalty, Latendresse had an excellent opportunity from in front after being set up by Dany Heatley but Howard made a fantastic save.
The Wild got another power-play opportunity shortly thereafter when Detroit took a too many men on the ice penalty, but the Red Wings used an aggressive penalty kill to hold the Wild without any scoring chances.
Neither team scored in the second period as the Wild outshot Detroit, 12-9.
Koivu's ability to get his stick on the puck and tip it down past a surprised Howard gave the Wild a shot of confidence and enabled the Wild to earn the come-from-behind victory. Koivu also made a key play on the winning goal by throwing a big check on Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall before getting the shot on Howard that was put in by Setoguchi.
6-14-1: The Wild's all-time record at Joe Louis Arena.
3: Starts by Wild goalie Josh Harding this season, all coming against Detroit.
74: Saves by Harding on 77 Red Wings shots against him in his first two starts.
36: Saves by Harding on 37 Red Wings shots on Tuesday.
First period: Detroit - Nicklas Lidstrom 3 (Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk), 6:00.
Second period: No scoring.
Overtime: Wild - Setoguchi 5 (Koivu, Pierre-Marc Bouchard), 1:33, power play.
Shots: Wild 4-12-10-1-27; Red Wings 12-9-11-5-37. Saves: Wild, Josh Harding (37-36); Red Wings, Jimmy Howard (27-25). Power play: Wild 1-for-8, Red Wings 0-3.
2. Josh Harding
3. Pavel Datsyuk
The Wild will return home for a two-game home stand, facing the Vancouver Canucks at 7 p.m. Thursday and the St. Louis Blues at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The Wild will then hit the road for a five-game trip to Calgary, San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim, and Columbus. They won't return to Xcel Energy Center until Nov. 17.