Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom may be history, but the Detroit Red Wings still had plenty of star power to expose the Wild's leaky defense Friday night.
Despite a strong start, the Wild couldn't capitalize on plenty of offensive chances in the first period before unraveling in the second during a 5-3 Red Wings victory at Joe Louis Arena.
With so much talk that the Red Wings, playoff participants since 1990, could be doomed due to the retirement of their inspirational leaders, a porous blue line and terrible special teams, they lit the lamp at will in a crazy middle period.
"We played well in spurts," said Zach Parise, who scored two goals for the Wild. "Against [Pavel] Datsyuk and [Henrik] Zetterberg, you give them a little extra space, they make it count. I thought we played a pretty solid game though. But not the full game."
Todd Bertuzzi scored twice, Datsyuk had a goal and two assists, Zetterberg scored a goal and assist and Valtteri Filppula had three assists for Detroit.
Tom Gilbert also scored for the Wild, which was doomed by scoring once on eight power plays -- seven in the first 30 minutes, 29 seconds of the game -- and saw its record fall at 2-2.
What was aggravating for the Wild is how it predominantly spent entire power plays working the puck flawlessly in Detroit's end.
"I don't want to overreact because there are a lot of positives I saw in the game," coach Mike Yeo said. "It's frustrating the fact we lost that game. But at the same time ... I bet you through 30 minutes in the game, there's not too many times you've seen the Minnesota Wild look like that [in Detroit]."
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