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Red Wings-Wild: Marian Hossa Helps Detroit End Losing Streak

DETROIT - FEBRUARY 12: Jiri Hudler #26 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his goal against the Minnesota Wild with teammate Marian Hossa #81 during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena February 12, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.(Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
Katie EvansCorrespondent IApril 5, 2009

Coming into Sunday afternoon on a three-game losing streak, the Detroit Red Wings were getting desperate for a win.

The Minnesota Wild were getting desperate for a playoff spot.

With a final score of 3-2, the Red Wings got Hockeytown fans even more ready for the playoffs.

Detroit showed early on that they wanted a win as they had a number of chances in the first period.  The Wild, however, did a good job with puck control and held Detroit back.

Henrik Zetterberg had a phenomenal game as he showed off his skills with a good scoring chance, but without help from his teammates on the rebound, Wild goaltender Nicklas Backstrom denied him.

Detroit had a number of chances.

During a powerplay, Jiri Hudler hit the crossbar while the Wild seemed to have a hard time hanging on. As the penalty ended Hudler got one past Backstrom, giving the Red Wings a 1-0 lead. Minutes later, Marian Hossa gave a pass to Pavel Datsyuk with lots of time and a wide open net.

The result: goal, 2-0 Wings.

Minnesota was finally able to get one past Chris Osgood on a goal from Cal Clutterbuck. Detroit took a 2-1 lead to the dressing room when the first period came to an end.

As the second period began, Zetterberg continued to play strongly and had yet another great chance, but was denied by Backstrom.

The Wild started to struggle a bit: Detroit seemed to have more confidence and Minnesota couldn't deliver on their chances.

Zetterberg fed a great pass to Dan Cleary, but he was denied. Detroit captain Nick Lidstrom suffered the same fate on a rocket from the blue line.

On a bad giveaway by Detroit, Minnesota had an opportunity.  However, Osgood made a great save.

In the final minute of the second period, Marian Gaborik continued his five-game scoring streak, and it was 2-2 after two.

Minnesota's defense came out strong in the third period. They did a great job of keeping Detroit out of the offensive zone and denying them chances.

A bad giveaway by Detroit left Mikko Koivu with an opportunity, but Chris Osgood made the save of the game which really got the fans into it.

Osgood continued making key saves for the remainder of the game.  As the final minute was about to begin, Tomas Holmstrom made a great pass to Hossa as he scored his 38th goal of the season, giving Detroit the win with a final score of 3-2.

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