- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 5, 2009

DETROIT (AP) - Marian Hossa scored with 55 seconds left to lift Detroit to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, snapping the Red Wings’ three-game losing streak.

Detroit also got a goal and an assist from Pavel Datsyuk, a goal from Jiri Hudler and a pair of assists from Tomas Holmstrom. Chris Osgood made 20 saves.

Cal Clutterbuck had a goal and an assist and Marian Gaborik also scored for the Wild, who are 10th in the Western Conference and saw their playoff chances take a major hit. Niklas Backstrom made 41 saves for Minnesota.

Gaborik tied it with 2:03 left in the second period when he scored his 10th goal from the slot during a goal-mouth scramble, and Hossa scored his 38th _ the eventual game-winner _ by beating Backstrom from the right circle after taking a pass from Holmstrom.

Gaborik has seven goals and 10 points in eight games since returning from groin problems that forced him to miss 65 games this season.

Detroit led 2-1 after a wild first period.

Hudler opened the scoring with 8:39 left with his 23rd goal, putting in a one-timer from the slot off a pass from Henrik Zetterberg.

Datsyuk made it 2-0 just 1:04 later when he moved across the slot and finally backhanded a high shot over a sprawling Backstrom for his 32nd goal of the season.

Minnesota took advantage of Osgood’s gaffe to get on the board with 1:26 left in the opening period. Clutterbuck intercepted the goalie’s pass along the right wing boards and put a shot through his pads as Osgood scrambled to get back into position. It was Clutterbuck’s 10th goal.

Note:@ Detroit D Brian Rafalski missed his third game with a sore groin. … Red Wings’ C Tomas Kopecky returned after missing a game with a sore back. … Clutterbuck, one of the league’s best trash talkers, was wired for sound for the nationally televised game by NBC.


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