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NHL: Detroit 4, Minnesota 1

Dec. 26, 2010 at 10:21 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Cleary stung the Minnesota Wild with early goals Sunday and the Detroit Red Wings skated away with a 4-1 victory.

Zetterberg, who also notched an assist, banked a puck into the net off Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom just 4:38 into the game. Cleary followed that up with a shot from a sharp angle that eluded Backstrom 4 minutes later.

Niklas Kronwall assisted on Zetterberg's score and on the Wings' third goal, in which Kris Draper made it 3-0 early in the second.

Tomas Holmstrom also scored and Jimmy Howard stopped 16-of-17 shots for Detroit.

Brent Burns tallied for Minnesota and Backstrom ended up stopping 23-of-27 shots.

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