Pierre-Marc Bouchard's overtime goal lifts Wild over Red Wings 3-2

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Pierre-Marc Bouchard beat Chris Osgood on a breakaway 45 seconds into the extra session to give the Wild a 3-2 win over the Red Wings on Saturday night.

Tied 1-1 with less than four minutes to play in regulation, the teams traded goals just 16 seconds apart. Kris Draper gave the Red Wings their first lead, lifting his own rebound over Manny Fernandez's left leg pad. After the ensuing faceoff, Wild forward Mark Parrish deflected Keith Carney's shot that was heading wide past Osgood.

"We knew if we stuck with it, even with only a few minutes left, we'd have a chance to tie the game and win the game," Parrish said. "That's what we did."

In overtime, Bouchard grabbed a turnover by Pavel Datsyuk at the blue line, then lifted a backhand shot over Osgood's glove.

"I came in at an angle to give myself more options," said Bouchard. "I faked the shot, then came with my backhand and it worked."

Fernandez had 29 saves in the win, while Osgood stopped 32 shots in his first overtime loss of the season.

"It was a tough game and we didn't have as much energy as them coming out," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Teams score against you sometimes but they've got to earn it. We had the turnover in overtime and that was about it."

After 43 minutes of scoreless hockey, Minnesota got on the board with a short-handed goal. Mikko Koivu started and finished a two-on-one break, beating Red Wings defenceman Brett Lebda at the blue line, and then snapping the puck past Osgood for his ninth goal of the season at 3:25 of the third.

The play was typical of the patient style Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said his team had to play to be successful against Detroit.

"They're so good offensively and have so much skill, that if you play an open game with them, you'll be second," Lemaire said. "That was a nice Christmas present."

Detroit tied the score 1-1 midway through the third when Holmstrom tipped a Henrik Zetterberg shot through a small gap between Fernandez's blocker and the left post.

It was the teams' second of three consecutive games against each other in a span of six days. The Red Wings won 3-1 on Friday night in Detroit and host the Wild again on Wednesday night.

Notes: Osgood was making his first start since Nov. 2. He missed 15 games with a wrist injury. ... Wild winger Stephane Veilluex returned to Minnesota late Saturday evening after spending Friday night in a Detroit hospital. He was struck in the face by a puck and broke his nose. ... Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek, who got the win Friday night, was given a day off to rest and did not make the trip to Minnesota. Joey MacDonald was on the bench as the Wings' backup.


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