Zach Parise scored the game's only goal in the first period, assisted by Thomas Vanek, and Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves to earn the shutout. It was Dubnyk's second shutout since joining the Wild and 11th of his career.
Kevin Martin scored 21 points in 29 minutes of play in his first game back for the Wolves following wrist surgery in November. Six other Wolves scored in double figures including Gorgui Djeng, who scored 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds
The Minnesota Wild stormed back from a three goal, third period deficit to tie the Red Wings in Detroit Tuesday night before falling in a shootout. It was the last game for the Wild before the All Star Break until its next game in Edmonton on January 27th.
Neither team scored in the second period, in which the Wild outshot Columbus 12-9. Parise had a chance to give Minnesota a 2-1 lead on a penalty shot in the second, but saw the puck roll off his tape and trickle wide of the goal.
Former St. Cloud State goaltender Mike Lee was called up to the NHL's Arizona Coyotes from Gwinnett (GA) of the ECHL on January 15th. Lee has played in just five games this season after missing over a year following hip surgery.
The Minnesota Wild's slump has officially become a skid after a lopsided 7-2 loss at Pittsburgh Tuesday night. The Wild fall below .500 with the loss (18-19-5), which was its sixth straight and 12th in 14 games.
Matt Cooke scored the Wild’s lone goal at 15:08 of the third period, his third of the season. The Wild outshot Chicago 37-35 in the loss.
The Wild are now seven points out of a playoff spot with 41 games remaining in the season.
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