Minnesota Wild defeat Detroit Red Wings, 5-2

Most of the first period Wednesday night was a duel between the Wild's Antti Miettinen and Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk.

Miettinen scored. Datsyuk answered. Miettinen scored again. Datsyuk answered. It was as if whoever got the hat trick first would get the win.

"I think we know the end of that race," Miettinen (68 career goals) said of being in a battle with Datsyuk (185).

While Miettinen and Datsyuk were held scoreless the rest of the game, the Wild scored the game's...

Some of the younger guys on the Detroit Red Wings' roster have kept things light around the locker room lately.

In describing a fluky goal the Wild scored on him last week, goaltender Jimmy Howard went old-school.

"It was like that [Michael Jordan]-Larry Bird McDonald's commercial back in the day," Howard said. "You know, 'Off the backboard, off glass, nothing but net.'"

After a fight with the Blackhawks' Kris Versteeg earlier this month left him with a shiner, ri...