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Wild overcome jet-lag and Red Wings for 4-2 win in Detroit

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DETROIT - The Minnesota Wild didn't let jet lag bother them on Wednesday night.

Devin Setoguchi scored two goals, Niklas Backstrom made 36 saves, and the Wild beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday night.

Kyle Brodziak and Mikko Koivu also scored for Minnesota (17-10-2), which won its fourth straight. Pierre-Marc Bouchard had two assists.

"They're going to get their shots," Backstrom said. "We did a great job of keeping them to the outside and we did a good job of clearing rebounds."

It was the last game of the Wild's three-game road trip, which took them to Colorado on Saturday and Vancouver on Monday night. Coach Mike Yeo said his team played through the strain of flying in from the far northwest on Tuesday.

"I give our guys a lot of credit ... I felt tired today," he said.

Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller scored for Detroit (14-11-5). Jimmy Howard stopped 15 shots.

"We spent a lot of the night chasing the game," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We knew what kind of game it was going to be before we started. We knew they were going to play tight. "

Minnesota led 1-0 after the first period despite being outshot 17-5.

"We knew we were going to come out a little sluggish," Wild defenseman Ryan Suter said. "Backy kept us in it and we came out in the second period and played the way we should've."

Setoguchi opened the scoring at 2:04 when he swept in a shot from the bottom of the right circle as he skated from left to right. He capitalized on a pass from Matt Cullen.

"It's everybody; Backy's been great and every line has been producing," Setaguchi said about his team's recent success.

He has eight goals in 18 career games against the Red Wings.

Brodziak's power-play goal 3:51 into the second period made it 2-0. Brodziak put in a one-timer shot from the edge of the crease, his fifth goal, off a pass from Jared Spurgeon.

Nyquist put Detroit on the scoreboard at 9:09 into the middle period. He capitalized on Spurgeon's turnover at the Red Wings' blue line for his first goal of the season, on a breakaway.

"It was a broken play at the blue line, I don't know what happened," Nyquist said. "I got it behind the D man and I came skating in all alone. I tried to make a move and fortunately, it went in."

Koivu restored the Wild's two-goal lead with 9:11 left in the second on spin-a-round shot from the high slot, which went in off Howard's glove. It was Koivu's seventh goal.

Setoguchi's second goal of the game and 11th of the season came on the power play with 2:45 left in the second period when he put in a rebound of Dany Heatley's shot.

"That's what you need. We've just got everybody contributing right now," Yeo said. "Getting it from the power play, getting it from different lines."

Miller got his third goal, a power-play effort, in the final minute on a power play.

Yeo said his team is feeding off its success.

"I think we're a pretty good team now," he said. "A lot of it is just the confidence we feel going into every game."

An apparent goal by Detroit's Jordin Tootoo 7:30 into the first period was waved off because of a high-stick call. However, replays showed the puck went off of Heatley's glove instead of Miller's stick.

NOTES: Detroit right winger Patrick Eaves missed the game with a sore cheekbone. The Red Wings recalled center Nyquist from their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. ... Minnesota center Mike Rupp and defenseman Tom Gilbert both missed their second games with lower-body injuries. ... Red Wings center Darren Helm, who has only played one game this season because of a bad back, had a setback at practice Monday. The timetable for his return is unknown. ... Detroit forward Todd Bertuzzi, a 38-year-old veteran who has missed most of the season with a bad back, is trying to avoid having to undergo surgery. ... Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey could miss a month because of a broken cheekbone suffered over the weekend.
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