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Wild Can't Clip Wings

Created: 03/22/2014 4:18 PM KSTP.com

Gustav Nyquist's third-period goal gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory Saturday over the Minnesota Wild, their fourth in the last five games.

Jimmy Howard made 28 saves, and Brendan Smith and David Legwand each scored on a power play for the Red Wings, who were in a 2-for-25 slump with the man advantage until getting goals on both of their opportunities against the Wild.

Mikko Koivu gave the Wild an early lead, on a power play, and Charlie Coyle tied the game on a penalty shot. But the Wild, clinging to a wild card spot in the Western Conference race, fell to 2-3-4 in nine games since the trade deadline.

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Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle (3) scores on a penalty shot against Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.
Photo: AP/Paul Battaglia

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