Staal, Zuccarello lead Wild past Red Wings 4-2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal and Mats Zuccarello each had a goal and assist, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 25 shots as the Minnesota Wild beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Wednesday night.
Jordan Greenway and Jason Zucker also scored for Minnesota, which enters the All-Star break with three wins in four games. The streak comes in the midst of a season-high seven-game homestand that continues after this weekend’s All-Star break.
Detroit’s Filip Zadina was credited with two goals, his first NHL multi-goal game, but both came on deflections off a Wild player. Jimmy Howard had 29 saves for the Red Wings, who will head into their break having lost six in a row overall and eight straight on the road.
Minnesota pressed to open the second and tied it at 2-2 1:12 into the period as Zuccarello followed his own shot and batted the rebound out of the air past Howard.
Zucker scored on a breakaway a minute later to take the lead and Staal, who was honored before the game for scoring his 1,00th point earlier this season, finished the scoring with his 17th.
NOTES: Minnesota C Mikko Koivu returned to the lineup after missing two games with an illness. Ryan Donato was scratched in place of Koivu. … Red Wings C Dylan Larkin assisted on the first goal and now has four goals and eight assists in the past 11 games, equaling Bertuzzi for the team scoring lead with 36 points.