Detroit 5, Minnesota 3

Oct. 19, 2002 at 11:11 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Darren McCarty scored his second goal of the game to snap a second-period tie Saturday night and the Detroit Red Wings clamped down in the third period to hand the Minnesota Wild their first loss, 5-3.

Unbeaten through four games for the second straight season, Minnesota grabbed a quick 2-0 lead. Detroit roared back to take the lead before the end of the first period, but Antti Laaksonen tied it in the opening minute of the second.

McCarty put the Red Wings in front for good at 3:32, swatting a puck out of mid-air and past goaltender Dwayne Roloson after Kris Draper's pass deflected off Wild defenseman Lubomir Sekeras.

Detroit protected the lead by limiting Minnesota to four shots in the third period, just one in the final 10 minutes.

Rookie Henrik Zetterberg sealed the Red Wings' third win in four road games with 25 seconds left when his centering pass hit Wild defenseman Filip Kuba and caromed past a helpless Roloson.

The game drew the largest crowd in the state's hockey history.

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