Wild finish for Red Wings
Madden remembers coach Burns
John Madden led the Minnesota Wild to a dramatic road victory on a difficult night for the veteran centre.
Madden scored 4:18 into overtime and the Wild beat Detroit 4-3 at Joe Louis Arena Friday, snapping the Red Wings’ fourgame winning streak.
When he returned to the locker room, Madden learned former NHL coach Pat Burns had died of cancer at age 58.
Madden played for Burns with the New Jersey Devils, where the two won a Stanley Cup in 2003.
“I’m very thrilled to have known Pat Burns,” Madden said somberly. “He knew my personality and made me feel like I was an important part of the team.”
Brent Burns, Cal Clutterbuck and Mikko Koivu also scored for Minnesota, and Jose Theodore stopped 41 shots.
Nick Schultz and Martin Havlat had two assists apiece.
“Guys just doing whatever it takes to win,” Wild coach Todd Richards said.
Patrick Eaves had a goal and an assist and Darren Helm and Johan Franzen also scored for Detroit.
Justin Abdelkader had two assists and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves.
“I thought we played a good game,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.
“We did lots of good things, we were right on top of them for the most of the night but the puck didn’t go in the net when we had our opportunities and it went in the net for them.”
Koivu put in a rebound off Schultz’s shot with 1:23 left in regulation, tying it 3-3, and Madden backhanded in a rebound in the extra session for his fourth goal.
“It’s a tough place to play and a tough place to win,” Theodore said.
“Our guys showed character by just coming back.”
Eaves gave Detroit a 3-2 lead 4:55 into the third.
Theodore stopped Eaves’ first attempt at the side of the net, but the forward took the puck behind the cage for a wraparound and jammed it in on the other side. Eaves’ third goal was upheld after a video review.
Helm’s first goal got the Red Wings on the board with just 33 seconds left in the second period.
He put Abdelkader’s crosscrease pass into the open side of the net.
“It’s not fun losing that way,” Helm said.
“They had a good push near the end but it’s no excuse for how we played the last few minutes and overtime.”
Detroit had an 18-3 shots advantage in the second period.
“We had to expend a lot of energy in the second period because we were chasing,” Richards said.
Sam Kadri knows what motivates his son.
You want him to take out the trash? Take away his video games.
So when Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson publicly criticized Nazem Kadri in what also happened to be the youngster’s best game in his brief NHL career Thursday, Sam could not help but smile.
But it was just the thing that his son sometimes needs to get the job done.
“Every player reacts a certain way and does things differently,” said Sam, who joined the Leafs on a father-son trip against the Montreal Canadiens tonight (7 p.m., CBC). “And I think Wilson probably feels that Naz has thick enough skin and it’s probably more of a motivator.”
Kadri had two assists in a 3-1 win against the New Jersey Devils Thursday.
Kadri had dominated whenever the puck was on his stuck.
But instead of praising Kadri’s play, the Leafs head coach focused on the negatives.
“Am I allowed to coach anybody?” Wilson asked.
“Seriously. ‘Oh boy, (Kadri) should be able to do what he wants and the coach shouldn’t tell him how to play hockey in the NHL.’
“No. He’s got a thick enough skin. He’s made it this far and he’s getting coaching along the way.
“But this is professional. This means something. Peoples’ jobs are on the line. Two points every night are important. And he has to learn how to play the right way.”