Series (Game 2 of 4)

Detroit leads 2-0

Game 1: Saturday, November 15th
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Game 2: Saturday, November 22nd
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Game 3: Friday, December 26th
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Game 4: Monday, March 29th
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Red Wings 5

(11-8-0, 24 pts)

Wild 2

(8-10-0, 19 pts)

8:00 PM ET, November 22, 2003

Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota

1 2 3 T
DET 1 3 15
MIN 1 1 02

B. Hull (Red Wings - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

A. Daigle (Wild - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

N. Lidstrom (Red Wings - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Hull leads Detroit with goal, two assists

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings have one of the best goaltenders in the game, so Curtis Joseph has become a little-used backup -- despite being an accomplished 15-year veteran.

He put his time to good use on Saturday night.

Joseph made 27 saves in just his fourth start this season, Brett Hull had a goal and two assists and the Red Wings beat the Minnesota Wild 5-2.

"There's a million excuses, but good players try to rise above it," said Joseph, who has stuck behind Dominik Hasek. "You never want to settle for not playing. It's a tough situation. ... The best part is playing and winning. It's a cure-all for everything."

Boyd Devereaux, Nicklas Lidstrom, Kris Draper and Pavel Datsyuk also scored for the Red Wings, who trailed 2-1 early in the second before finishing the period with a three-goal flurry.

Since Hasek returned from a one-year retirement, Joseph has been an afterthought with fourth-year backup Manny Legace also getting six starts. Legace started the previous two games; Hasek has been out with a groin injury.

The Red Wings have been trying to trade Joseph and his $8 million salary, but he helped Detroit win for the fifth time in seven games -- despite admittedly not being in midseason form.

"You could tell he was really into the game," Red Wings coach Dave Lewis said. "I'm sure there's a whirlwind of things going on his mind, but he's battled and tonight you saw it."

Playing for the first time since Nov. 8, Joseph allowed a power-play goal to Richard Park in the first period and a goal by Alexandre Daigle early in the second.

The Wild, winners of one of their last five, were shut out for the final 36 minutes, 17 seconds.

"The first 10 or 15 minutes, we had a lot of chances," Daigle said. "Could've been a different game."

The Western Conference foes played in Minnesota last Saturday, too, with the Red Wings forcing a 1-1 tie on Steve Yzerman's third-period goal.

This time, Detroit rallied much earlier against Dwayne Roloson -- who gave up two goals or less in each of his previous seven games.

"We have to figure out if it was them playing that much better or us that much worse," said Wild center Wes Walz. "Probably a combination of both."

Daigle scored for the third straight game when he slammed in a backhander on a perfect pass from rookie Brent Burns to put the Wild up 2-1.

Devereaux's slap shot from the blue line tied it 23 seconds later, and Lidstrom scored on a wraparound pass from Datsyuk three minutes after that.

Draper made it 4-2 with his sixth goal of the season later in the second, and Datsyuk scored on a breakaway with two seconds left.

"It's hard to score five goals in this building," Lewis said. "You don't score five goals against that team probably any time of year."

Starting for the sixth time in eight games, Roloson made 28 saves. He didn't get much help from an injury-thinned defense, though. Willie Mitchell (knee) and Alex Henry (groin) are both out.

"They were coming fast," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "If you're not sharp mentally, not very well-prepared, you're in trouble."

Game notes

Hull has four goals and three assists in his last six games. ... D Jason Marshall, who played in the season opener before being sent to Minnesota's AHL affiliate in Houston, was recalled Friday to fill in for Mitchell. Marshall picked up a most unfortunate penalty in the first period -- playing with a broken stick. The blade snapped off as he fielded a pass along the board in the Wild zone. ... Veteran LW Ray Whitney (groin) missed his third straight game for Detroit. ... Minnesota LW Pierre Marc-Bouchard (thumb) went on injured reserve.

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