It took until the eighth round of the shootout to decide who would receive the second of two points that both the Detroit Red Wings and the Wild desperately needed to inch closer to a playoff berth. That point would go to the Red Wings, who had a lot of fans in attendance at the Xcel Energy Center, as 19,246 packed the arena to the brim. Zach Parise got both Minnesota goals for his fifth multi-goal game of the season. Devan Dubnyk stopped 20 of 22 shots as he suffered the shootout loss.
The Wild were looking to get off to a quick start after allowing the Rangers take it to them in the previous game. However, it would be without captain Mikko Koivu, who was a late scratch after warm-ups due to an apparent eye injury. He is listed day-to-day and hopefully it is nothing serious. Enter Ryan Carter as Mike Yeo had to juggle his centers all night long. Erik Haula got his start between Chris Stewart and Nino Niederreiter.
The Red Wings dominated puck possession in the first period as they used their speed and adept puck handling ability to move the puck out of the zone and hold the Wild in their own zone for extended periods of time. Zach Parise got the scoring going early after Mikael Granlund went to the net and dished it to Parise in the slot for a tip-in through Jimmy Howard's five-hole. A minute and 52 seconds later Riley Sheahan evened the score. Minnesota really looked to ease up on the gas pedal since their goal and the Red Wings took over.
The Wild could not capitalize on the power play as they struggled to enter the zone because they elected to dump and chase instead of enter with possession. They also decided that shooting wasn't going to be a thing with the man-advantage. They had a 5-on-3 at one point in the second period when Niklas Kronwall took an interference minor and 1:12 later Kyle Quincey interfered with Jason Pominville. They held on to the puck for far too long, couldn't connect on centering passes, and didn't get much pressure on Howard. The Red Wings, and their second ranked power play, would get on the board during an Erik Haula penalty. The Wild were really effective on the first 52 seconds of the kill, but some failed attempts to clear the zone resulted in Gustav Nyquist with the puck on his stick down low on Dubnyk's left side. Nyquist let go a wrist shot that found the little space above Dubnyk's shoulder and below the crossbar. Minnesota went into the locker room trailing 2-1.
Minnesota really dialed up the energy as they looked to even the score. They racked up 12 shots on goal in the period. Then, finally on their fifth power play opportunity, Zach Parise would tip in a Pominville shot for his 32nd of the year. For as boring as the game was early, the pace was really dialed up as both teams could have used a regulation win. Late in the third period Stephen Weiss tripped Ryan Suter so blatantly that Brad Meier, the referee, had to call it. The Wild though resorted to dumping the puck in and struggled to enter the zone. They couldn't muster anything meaningful in chances on Jimmy Howard and the game would head to overtime.
Both teams couldn't really get anything on the other goaltender as the teams combined for one shot on goal, off the stick of a Red Wings player. The game would then head to a shootout. After Parise and Charlie Coyle were denied, Gustav Nyquist scored on a filthy move to give the Wings the lead. Pominville would tie the shootout and with Dubnyk stopping Tomas Tartar, the shootout would continue. Thomas Vanek had a nice little snipe shot as he picked the upper corner on Howard. Riley Sheahan tied the round and we'd continue. The next four shooters were stopped by each goaltender, at least that's what we thought. Darren Helm's eighth round shot appeared to go off the post but on further review, it went off the left calf of Dubnyk. The problem is that his left left was over the goal line. The refs would review and call it a goal and the Wild fell to the Red Wings, but capture a point.
Here is the Corsi chart for the game: