DETROIT – John Madden led the Minnesota Wild to a dramatic road victory on a difficult night for the veteran centre.
Madden scored 4:18 into overtime and the Wild beat Detroit 4-3 on Friday, snapping the Red Wings’ four-game winning streak.
When he returned to the locker-room, Madden learned former NHL coach Pat Burns had died of cancer at age 58. Madden played for Burns with the New Jersey Devils, where the two won a Stanley Cup in 2003.
“I’m very thrilled to have known Pat Burns,” Madden said soberly. “He knew my personality and made me feel like I was an important part of the team.”
Brent Burns, Cal Clutterbuck and Mikko Koivu also scored for Minnesota, and Jose Theodore stopped 41 shots. Nick Schultz and Martin Havlat had two assists apiece.
“Guys just doing whatever it takes to win,” Wild coach Todd Richards said.
Patrick Eaves had a goal and an assist and Darren Helm and Johan Franzen also scored for Detroit. Justin Abdelkader had two assists and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves.
“I thought we played a good game,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We did lots of good things, we were right on top of them for the most of the night but the puck didn’t go in the net when we had our opportunities and it went in the net for them.”
Koivu put in a rebound off Schultz’s shot with 1:23 left in regulation, tying it 3-3, and Madden backhanded in a rebound in the extra session for his fourth goal.
“It’s a tough place to play and a tough place to win,” Theodore said. “Our guys showed character by just coming back.”
Eaves gave Detroit a 3-2 lead 4:55 into the third. Theodore stopped Eaves’ first attempt at the side of the net, but the forward took the puck behind the cage for a wraparound and jammed it in on the other side. Eaves’ third goal was upheld after a video review.
Helm’s first goal got the Red Wings on the board with just 33 seconds left in the second period. He put Abdelkader’s cross-crease pass into the open side of the net.
“It’s not fun losing that way,” Helm said. “They had a good push near the end but it’s no excuse for how we played the last few minutes and overtime.”
Clutterbuck gave the Wild a 2-0 lead 1:25 into the second when his shot from the side of the net trickled in off Howard. It was Clutterbuck’s seventh goal.
Minnesota killed off a 5-on-3 power play during the middle of the second, and Detroit had an 18-3 shots advantage in the period.
“We had to expend a lot of energy in the second period because we were chasing,” Richards said.
The Wild opened the scoring 8:16 into the game when Burns’ screened shot from the top of the left circle found the back of the net for his sixth goal. It came three seconds after Detroit finished killing Henrik Zetterberg’s hooking penalty.
NOTES: Detroit LW Drew Miller was a healthy scratch. He has been alternating with fellow fourth liner Eaves in sitting out because the Red Wings have too many forwards who are playing well for one to sit out for a number of games in a row. Miller had a goal and an assist in Wednesday night’s 7-3 win over St. Louis.