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Another Blown Lead Dooms Detroit Red Wings

February 18th, 2013 at 5:16 PM
By Frank Vajcner

For the second time in three games, the Detroit Red Wings blew a two goal lead and lost.

The Wings held a 2-0 lead into the second period, but allowed three unanswered goals by the Minnesota Wild in a span of 4:10 in a 3-2 loss.

"I don't know what happened in the locker room between periods. We made some mistakes right from the start [in the second period] for them to get momentum," said Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. "Really, we never generated anything after that."

The three-game losing streak is the longest since March 10-21 of last season, when the Wings lost six straight.

Damien Brunner put the Wings on the board first at 8:48 of the first period after he beat Darcy Kuemper for his seventh goal of the season.

Pavel Datsyuk added his seventh of the year just 20 seconds into the second period after he beat Kuemper with a wrist shot.

Minnesota would storm back as they scored the first of three goals beginning at 9:35 when Dany Heatley fired a slapshot past Petr Mrazek.

The next goal was the backbreaker for the Wings.

Rookie Jason Zucker retrieved a loose puck in the defensive zone. After chipping it to himself, he raced through the neutral zone and down the right wing boards before snapping a shot past Mrazek for his first career goal at 13:13.

32 seconds later, Torrey Mitchell collected a puck off of a tie-up on an offensive zone faceoff and sent a backhander past Mrazek for what would be the game winning goal.

Kuemper earned the win behind a 29 save effort. Mrazek finished with 21 saves.

THREE STARS:

  1. MIN Jason Zucker (goal)
  2. MIN Darcy Kuemper (W, 29 saves, .935 save percentage)
  3. MIN Torry Mitchell (GW goal)

 

Tags: Damien Brunner, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Pavel Datsyuk, Petr Mrazek

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