The Detroit Red Wings dominated the Minnesota Wild on December 22nd in a 4-1 victory. Detroit headed into the Christmas/holiday break with a three game winning streak.
Pavel Datsyuk got Detroit on the board first with a power play goal in the first period. In a game that was missing Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom, the Wings' secondary scoring really stepped up with goals by Johan Franzen, Dan Cleary, and Tomas Kopecky. Nicklas Lidstrom assisted on Cleary's goal notching his 900th career point.
Detroit outshot Minnesota, 51-19, which was a season high. Goaltender Dominik Hasek only had to make 18 saves for the win.
"We controlled the game," goalie Dominik Hasek said, as Christmas carols blasted from a locker-room boom box. "They scored one power play which was kind of lucky. We knew we were missing two big shots, but it was a complete team effort from everybody. What can I say? We beat them every period, all 60 minutes."