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Detroit Red Wings play stupid, Filip Zadina plays smart with Steve Yzerman watching

SAINT PAUL, Minn. —The Detroit Red Wings played stupid hockey, but Filip Zadina played to win.

Zadina left XCel Energy Center on Wednesday with his first career two-goal game, tallying both markers in the first period, before the Wings caved and collected a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild. For a team as weary as the Wings – they enter the nine-day NHL All-Star break a league-worst 12-35-4 – witnessing a player vital to the rebuild turn in a such a good performance is a balm.

“He had a great game,” Dylan Larkin said.