NEW YORK - Pavel Datsyuk scored the only goal of a shootout to give the visiting Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
Datsyuk flipped the puck past Wild netminder Josh Harding on the Red Wings' first shootout shot to secure the Central Division leaders' third successive victory.
"That was a ridiculous goal," Red Wings netminder Chris Osgood, who blanked the Wild on three shots in the shootout and made 33 saves, told reporters. "His body's almost in the corner and he still manages to put it in because his stick's so long, his blade. It's more or less an unstoppable shot."
The game was Osgood's first since Dec. 15. He had missed seven games with a groin injury. "He played like he did last year," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said of Osgood. "We need him on top of his game."
Chris Osgood was prepared to play a major role and said: "I took plenty of time off to make sure I was ready. It was a good break for me mentally and physically."
Detroit, riding high after a New Year's Day win over Chicago in the outdoor 'Winter Classic', trailed 2-1 before Johan Franzen's power-play goal leveled the score with less than five minutes to play. The goal was initially waved off for a high stick but reinstated after video review.
Franzen scored after a shot by Nicklas Lidstrom bounced off the end glass over the net. Franzen batted the puck out of the air and into the goal.
"It was close," said Harding, who made 35 saves. "Obviously they ruled it good because it was, I guess. The way our luck's been going, I'm not surprised." Mikael Samuelsson had given Detroit a 1-0 first-period lead before Minnesota responded with two goals in the first minute of the third.
Owen Nolan scored the first on a power-play 35 seconds into the final period and Antti Miettinen's goal put the Wild ahead 16 seconds later.
Despite the defeat, Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said he found some positives. "It shows that we're playing better as a team," he said, "and that means we have a chance to win."
Meanwhile, Matt Ellis scored a pair to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 win over Boston, snapping the Bruins' 10-game winning streak and handing them their first home loss since late October.
Thomas Vanek had his team-leading 26th goal and Paul Gaustad also scored for the Sabres.
Phil Kessel scored his team-leading 24th for Boston, and Shawn Thornton had the other goal but the Bruins missed shots at three open nets in their third home loss of the season and first since Oct. 23.
It was the Bruins' longest winning streak since 1973.