NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Detroit|
(Sunday, March 4th)
Final Score: Colorado 4, Detroit 3 (OT)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Brad Richardson scored with 2:19 left in
overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche a much-needed 4-3 win over the Detroit
Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
In the extra session, Wojtek Wolski poked the puck away from a Red Wing in the
Colorado end and skated down the ice on a 2-on-1 break. Wolski faked the shot
and slid the disc between the legs of the defender to Richardson, whose
initial shot was stopped by Chris Osgood, but he pushed the rebound under the
goaltender's glove for the win.
"It was just laying there and I poked it in," said Richardson. "It squeaked
under him somehow. It was nice to see it go in. Wojski made a great play. It
kind of poked off him a little bit and then he made a great pass."
Milan Hejduk added a goal and an assist and Tyler Arnason and Brett McLean
each added a goal for the Avalanche, who have won their last three games.
Peter Budaj made 31 saves for Colorado in the victory.
Paul Stastny had two assists in the game, extending his scoring streak to 15
games. The 21-year-old has eight goals and 14 helpers during his run, the
fourth-longest by a rookie in NHL history.
"We're looking to get one game at a time," said Stastny. "This is a five-game
roadtrip so we've got two games out of the way and two big wins and now we
have to focus on Boston and Buffalo, one game at a time."
Kris Draper lit the lamp twice and Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Red
Wings, who have dropped three of their last five games.
Osgood stopped 23 shots in the loss for Detroit.
"We didn't have the sense of urgency and stick-to-it-ness we usually have."
said Detroit coach Mike Babcock. "This is our building and we're supposed to
set the worth ethic and that wasn't the case today at all."
The Red Wings were trailing 2-1 heading into the third period, but quickly
tied the game when a turnaround shot at the left circle by Draper went off the
shaft of Budaj's stick, then hit off the goaltenders back and went into the
net just 1:14 in.
Colorado, though, regained the advantage as Hejduk sent a pass from the high
slot to McLean down low, who had a checker on his back but still managed to
get a backhander between the pads of Osgood 8:41 in.
Detroit, though, tied the game with 1:27 to play when Draper pushed the puck
into the net, which was sitting on the goal line after being redirected on net
by Mathieu Schneider.
Detroit had the best opportunity in the first period when Tomas Holmstrom was
hauled down during a breakaway by Brett Clark and awarded a penalty shot in
the final moments of the period. Holmstrom made the move to get to the
backhand and lifted the puck, but Budaj flashed the glove and knocked the puck
out of the way.
A total of 18 shots were thrown on net in the first period, 10 by Colorado,
but the goaltenders stopped all the shots.
Colorado scored a pair of goals in the second period to take a 2-0 lead.
Stastny blew by a defender, grabbed the puck off a dump in and from the left
circle sent the disc to the low slot where Hejduk redirected the puck into the
net at the 10:55 mark.
A little over three minutes later, Detroit turned the puck over at its own
blueline and the disc wound up in the slot where Arnason picked it up and
snapped a wrist shot past a surprised Osgood.
Detroit, though, got one back late in the second when Pavel Datsyuk picked up
a loose puck at the blueline and from the right circle sent the disc to the
slot where Filppula fired a one-timer into the left corner of the net with 57
seconds left in the frame.
Detroit hosts Nashville on Tuesday...Colorado continues its five-game road
trip in Boston on Tuesday...Colorado has faced three penalty shots this
season, none of which have gone in...Datsyuk has eight assists in his last
four games...Colorado went 0-for-4 on the power play while Detroit failed to
score in its one chance.
03/04 20:05:11 ET