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game recap

Red Wings 6, Wild 0

Friday, 03.02.2012 / 9:42 PM

Associated Press

Three Stars of the Game
Valtteri Filppula
1st
Valtteri Filppula
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 20:06
Henrik Zetterberg
2nd
Henrik Zetterberg
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 19:38
Brendan Smith
3rd
Brendan Smith
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 15:08

DETROIT (AP) - This is what happens when Valtteri Filppula shoots the puck.

Filppula had two goals and an assist, surpassing 20 goals for the first time in his career, Jimmy Howard made 19 saves for his 11th career shutout, and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and two assists in the Detroit Red Wings' 6-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.

The Red Wings snapped the two-game skid at home that followed their NHL record 23-game winning streak in Detroit.

Filppula has been reluctant to shoot the puck in his previous five seasons. But this season, he's putting shots on net more often and already has career highs in goals, assists and points (53) in 64 games.

"He's always been a good passer, but he refused to shoot," Zetterberg said of Filppula. "This year, he's shooting more."

Filppula doesn't generally think about personal stats.

"I don't think about points too much," he said. "I think when you're playing well ... I always knew that the points come when you're doing good things. But definitely, it's always nice to get goals and definitely 20 is a good number for me."

Ian White had a goal and an assist, and Brendan Smith and Darren Helm also scored for the Red Wings. Niklas Kronwall had three assists. It was Howard's sixth shutout of the season.

Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom missed his second game with a deep bone bruise to his right ankle. He is expected to miss at least two more games.

Filppula opened the scoring just 35 seconds into the game when he put in a rebound for his 20th goal. Smith's first NHL goal made it 2-0 with 3:04 left when he put in a loose puck from a goal-mouth scramble.

"We gave `em the first two goals and put ourselves in a real tough spot," Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said. "We didn't respond well."

Detroit scored three times in the second period to blow the game open.

Helm got his eighth goal 7:05 into the middle period when he beat Josh Harding from the inside edge of the left circle. Filppula's second goal of the game came with 3:25 left in the second on a one-time slap shot from the high slot. White's seventh goal came 1:07 later.

Zetterberg scored 5:30 into the third period, which sent Harding to the showers in favor of Matt Hackett. Harding stopped 23 shots, and Hackett made six saves for Minnesota.

Notes: The Red Wings were also without C Pavel Datsyuk (arthroscopic knee surgery) and D Jonathan Ericsson (broken left wrist). ... Minnesota was without G Niklas Backstrom, who suffered a lower-body injury in Thursday's 5-4 shootout loss in Montreal. ... Red Wings D Kyle Quincey returned after missing a game with a sore groin. ... Hackett is the nephew of former NHL goalie Jeff Hackett and played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League with the Plymouth Whalers, who are based in suburban Detroit. ... Detroit F Todd Bertuzzi left with a groin injury and is day-to-day. ... The six goals were the most allowed by the Wild in a game this season.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:35
DET
Valtteri Filppula (20) Backhand shot - ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (38), Niklas Kronwall (15)
1 - 0 DET
16:04
DET
Brendan Smith (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Justin Abdelkader (13), Daniel Cleary (18)
2 - 0 DET
2nd Period
07:05
DET
Darren Helm (8) Snap shot - ASST: Johan Franzen (26), Niklas Kronwall (16)
3 - 0 DET
16:35
DET
Valtteri Filppula (21) Slapshot - ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (39), Niklas Kronwall (17)
4 - 0 DET
17:42
DET
Ian White (7) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
5 - 0 DET
3rd Period
05:30
DET
Henrik Zetterberg (15) Slapshot - ASST: Valtteri Filppula (32), Ian White (23)
6 - 0 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
01:08
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
06:56
MIN
Nick Johnson  Slashing against  Ian White
2nd Period
10:45
DET
Jiri Hudler  Holding against  Marco Scandella
3rd Period
00:36
MIN
Matt Cullen  Cross checking against  Brad Stuart
05:48
MIN
Darroll Powe  Holding against  Ian White
08:39
MIN
Dany Heatley  Roughing against  Valtteri Filppula
13:38
DET
Brendan Smith  Interference against  Darroll Powe
17:42
MIN
Matt Kassian  Roughing against  Daniel Cleary
17:42
MIN
Matt Kassian  Roughing against  Daniel Cleary
17:42
DET
Daniel Cleary  Roughing against  Matt Kassian
17:42
DET
Daniel Cleary  Roughing against  Matt Kassian
goalie stats
Matt Hackett
SA: 6TOI: 14:30
Saves: 6EV: 3 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
Josh Harding
SA: 29TOI: 45:30
Saves: 23EV: 17 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .793SH: 0 - 0
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
33-13-2
SA: 19TOI: 60:00
Saves: 19EV: 14 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2
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