Drew Miller scored his first career shootout goal in the eighth round and the Detroit Red Wings survived Minnesota's third-period rally to beat the Wild 4-3 on Thursday night.
Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard stopped six shots in the shootout and denied Eric Belanger in the eighth round to set up Miller's winner. Miller beat Niklas Backstrom, who entered the game after the first period in place of injured starter Josh Harding.
The Wild overcame a 3-1 deficit with third-period goals from Martin Havlat and Andrew Brunette.
Patrick Eaves gave the Red Wings a 2-1 advantage early in the third. Miller appeared to finish off the Wild when he took a pass from Derek Meech and made it 3-1 midway through the period, but the Wild continued their third-period success at home.
Havlat's unassisted goal at 13:48 held up after a review, and Brunette tied it a minute later, beating Jimmy Howard after controlling a bouncing puck.
Minnesota has outscored opponents 11-3 in the third in its last five home games.
Todd Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit.
Harding, Minnesota's backup , was making his first home start in over a year. He left with a lower-body injury after the first period and was replaced by Backstrom, the regular starter, to start the second. Harding appeared to injure his left knee while making two saves on a breakaway led by Pavel Datsyuk and Eaves early in the first.
Backstrom, an All-Star last season, has struggled at times in Minnesota's new offensive-minded system. Backstrom had given up three goals or more in eight of his last 10 starts before Thursday.
Backstrom looked sharp to start the second and the Wild tied the game at 12:34 on fluky goal from Robbie Earl, who cleared waivers earlier this week but remains with the team. A shot from Shane Hnidy bounced off the side of the net, off the end boards, back over the net, and off of Earl's chest as he crashed the net.
The goal stood after a replay review to determine if the net became dislodged before the puck crossed the line.
Detroit continued a trend of jumping on the Wild in the first period. Bertuzzi forced Kim Johnsson to turn the puck over and scored on a breakaway 7:52 into the first.
The Wild have been outshot 51-16 in the first period of its last four games and have allowed the first goal in four straight.
Howard was back in goal for Detroit. The rookie had started 12 straight in place of veteran Chris Osgood before Osgood got the nod Tuesday night in a 3-2 loss at Washington.
Defenseman Brent Burns returned for the Wild after missing the last 29 games because of a concussion.
NOTES: Petr Sykora also cleared waivers for the Wild this earlier this week. The 33-year-old forward won't return to the team and the Wild will try to trade him. Sykora missed nearly two months with a concussion and had two goals and one assist in 14 games. ... Bertuzzi has scored against the Wild with four teams. ... Harding had stopped 73 of the last 75 shots he's faced before leaving. It was Backstrom's first relief appearance since Nov. 16, 2007, at Vancouver. ... Detroit is 4-5 in shootouts and Minnesota is 4-4.
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