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."
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
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
"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
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
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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Arena: Xcel Energy Center Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Referees: Bill McCreary, Ian Walsh Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Brian Mach
Attendance: 18,568 (102.8% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Brett Hull (9)
Assists: Mark Mowers, Steve Thomas
Richard Park (4)
(Power Play) Assists: Andrei Zyuzin, Matic Kralj
Alexandre Daigle (7)
Assists: Brent Burns, Matic Kralj
Boyd Devereaux (2)
Assists: Steve Yzerman, Igor Grigorenko
Nicklas Lidstrom (3)
Assists: Pavel Datsyuk, Brett Hull
Kris Draper (6)
Assists: Kirk Maltby, Chris Chelios
Pavel Datsyuk (8)
Assists: Brett Hull, Jiri Fischer