Hasek made 32 saves and remained unbeaten in his career against Minnesota, leading Detroit to a 3-1 victory Wednesday night.
Dominik Hasek stopped 31 of 32 shots on goal to lead the Red Wings to a 3-1 victory over the Wild in Detroit. In Hasek's last game (Dec. 22, also a 3-1 win over Minnesota at Joe Louis Arena), he saved all but one of 35 shots on goal. Hasek didn't face as many as 32 shots in any of his 26 previous games this season.
The rookie goaltender praised Hasek, who stopped 24-of-25 shots in the last two periods.
"He's proven he's one of the best and he's shown that age is just a number," Backstrom said. "It's how your body feels and how you work it. It's a great role model for a young goalie, how you should work and how you should play."
Detroit took a 1-0 lead just 16 seconds into the game, when Maltby was credited with the goal after a rebound off Backstrom's pads deflected in off defenseman Keith Carney's skate.
"It was a big thing to do to try and come back from that start," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said.
The Red Wings increased their lead to 3-0 in the second period on goals by Zetterberg and Franzen.
Zetterberg scored from the slot 4:03 into the period, as he converted a pass from Pavel Datsyuk, for his 14th goal. Franzen put in a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle at 6:47.
It was then Hasek's turn to shine as the Wild began to apply pressure.
"We got a little sloppy late," said Maltby. "We've been relying a little too much on our goaltending lately."
Demitra finally put Minnesota on the board with 2:46 left in the middle period, when he put the rebound of a rebound past Hasek for his ninth goal.
But the veteran goalie was perfect after that.
"Obviously, having good goaltending is everything," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "Dom is playing well."
Detroit defenseman Danny Markov returned after missing nine games with a broken hand. ... Minnesota left winger Stephane Veilleux missed his third game with a broken nose and defenseman Petteri Nummelin missed his fourth game with an upper body injury. ... Red Wings right winger Mikael Samuelsson missed his fifth game with a groin injury. ... Detroit center Robert Lang left the contest after the first period because of the flu.
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Arena: Joe Louis Arena Location: Detroit, Michigan
Referees: Marc Joannette, Craig Spada Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Ryan Galloway
Attendance: 20,066 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Kirk Maltby (2)
Assists: Johan Franzen, Kris Draper
Henrik Zetterberg (14)
Assists: Pavel Datsyuk, Mathieu Schneider
Johan Franzen (4)
Assists: Josh Langfeld, Valtteri Filppula
Pavol Demitra (9)
Assists: Mikko Koivu, Keith Carney