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Published: Thursday, 3/21/2013

3-goal period sparks Wild past Red Wings

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The Wild’s Devin Setoguchi, left, scored two goals against Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard. The Wild’s Devin Setoguchi, left, scored two goals against Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.
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DETROIT — Devin Setoguchi had two goals, Niklas Backstrom made 36 saves, and the streaking Minnesota Wild beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Wednesday.

Kyle Brodziak and Mikko Koivu also scored for Minnesota, which won its fourth straight. Pierre-Marc Bouchard had two assists.

Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller scored for Detroit.

Minnesota led 1-0 after the first period despite being outshot 17-5.

Setoguchi opened the scoring two minutes, four seconds into the game when he swept in a shot from the bottom of the right circle for his 10th goal. Setoguchi’s second goal of the game came on the power play with 2:45 left in the second period, putting in a rebound to give Minnesota a 4-1 lead.

Brodziak’s power-play goal 3:51 into the second period made it 2-0 when he put in a one-timer shot from the edge of the crease, his fifth goal, off a pass from Jared Spurgeon.

Nyquist put Detroit on the scoreboard 9:09 into the middle period with his first goal. He capitalized on Spurgeon’s turnover at the Red Wings’ blue line for his first goal of the season, on a breakaway.

Koivu restored the Wild’s two-goal lead with 9:11 left in the second on spin-around shot from the high slot, which went in off Jimmy Howard's glove for Koivu’s seventh goal. Miller got his third goal of the season in the final minute to cap the scoring.

An apparent goal by Detroit’s Jordin Tootoo 7:30 into the first period was waved off because of a high stick call. Replays showed the puck went off the glove of the Wild’s Dany Heatley instead of the stick of Miller.

GENERAL MANAGERS MEET: At Toronto, NHL general managers discussed reducing the size of goalie equipment and increasing video review Wednesday, and the league and NHL Players’ Association expressed a desire to grandfather in mandatory visors.

“Every little piece of goaltender equipment is now a project for a goalie to get bigger,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL’s vice president of hockey operations.

Campbell said the instructions to Kay Whitmore, the NHL’s goalie expert, are “Do what you have to do within reason to make sure they’re still protected to reduce the stopping area.”

Current rules allow goalie pads to go 55 percent of the way between your knee and your pelvis.



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