Wild jump into third place in Central with win over Red Wings

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The Minnesota Wild played their third game in four nights on Sunday, but they managed to put an end to their two-game losing streak thanks to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

The Wild got off to a rocky start, as they went down 1-0 at the 3:58 mark of the first period when Detroit managed to capitalize on a brutal Zach Parise turnover in the defensive zone. Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader eventually went on to beat Devan Dubnyk moments later.

Minnesota went into the intermission down a goal, but they finally got on the board thanks to a power play goal by Eric Staal, who has 13 points in his lat eight contests. The 33-year-old is up to 34 goals and 65 points in 66 games this season.

Parise then made up for his earlier mistake by giving the Wild a 2-1 lead less than three minutes later.

Minnesota eventually got two more goals from Jason Zucker in the third frame to put the game to bed.

The win allows the Wild to jump ahead of the Dallas Stars for third place in the Central Division. They also improved their stellar home record to 23-5-6 in 2017-18.

As for the Wings, they’ve now lost three games in a row. They now find themselves in 25th place in the overall standings.

FYI: If you missed the fight between Nick Seeler and Luke Witkowski, you’re going to want to see this.

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.

Fight Video: Nick Seeler and Luke Witkowski throw some serious haymakers

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Nick Seeler and Luke Witkowski may not be household names, but they sure know how to throw down.

In the second period of Sunday’s game between the Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings, the two players dropped the gloves while the Wild had control of the puck in the Red Wings’ zone.

Both Seeler and Witkowski wasted no time landing some crazy right-handed punches.

Take a look:

The scrap started because of an incident between Witkowski and Wild forward Zach Parise:

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.

Alex Burrows suspended 10 games for attacking Taylor Hall

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The NHL’s Department of Player Safety dropped the hammer on Ottawa Senators forward Alex Burrows on Wednesday by announcing that he has been suspended for 10 games for his attack on New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall.

Burrows was offered an in-person hearing for his actions (he waived that right) which meant the NHL was eyeing a suspension of at least six games.

It is pretty clear based on the severity of the suspension that he crossed the line in a pretty unacceptable manner.

Here is the NHL’s explanation of the incident and the punishment.

The NHL points out that Burrows was the aggressor in this altercation at all times and that he was clearly looking for retribution following what was a clean and legal check by Hall earlier in the shift.

The league also points out that Burrows argued his knees to the back of Hall’s head were the result of him trying to free himself from a compromising position. The league did not agree with his interpretation, while also calling Burrows’ actions “a dangerous and unjustifiable attack.”

[Related: Alex Burrows Loses His Mind, Repeatedly Knees Taylor Hall In The Head]

Prior to this incident Burrows had been suspended once and fined five other times in his career.

This is tied for the longest suspension handed out by the NHL this season. Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas was suspended 10 games earlier this season for slashing Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault, while Detroit Red Wings defenseman Luke Witkowski was also suspended 10 games for returning to the ice to take part in an altercation (that 10-game suspension was automatic according to league rules).

Burrows will be eligible to return to the Senators’ lineup on March 2 when the Senators visit the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

WATCH LIVE: Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings

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