NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Detroit
(Monday, December 15th)
Final Score: Colorado 3, Detroit 2
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Andrew Raycroft stood tall in making 34 saves as the as the Colorado Avalanche won the latest installment in what has become a fiery rivalry with the Detroit Red Wings by a 3-2 final at Joe Louis Arena.
Jordan Leopold scored on a penalty shot and assisted on another while Wojtek Wolski and Paul Stastny got things started with a pair of first-period goals for the Avalanche, who have now won three of four.
Raycroft, seeing his first action since late November, didn't miss a beat in stopping 27-of-29 shots over the final two periods. The Avalanche, kicked off a four-game road trip with the win and are now 7-8-1 as the visitor this season.
Colorado claimed victory in its first meeting between the clubs since the Red Wings swept the Avs in the conference semifinals en route to winning the Stanley Cup crown last season. The final game in Denver saw Detroit pound the Avs 8-2. Since 1996, the clubs have split six postseason series and faced off against each other three times in the Western Conference finals.
Marian Hossa and Tomas Holmstrom scored for Detroit, which lost for just the second time in December but also for the second time in the past three games. Chris Osgood was beaten for three goals on 27 shots in taking the loss.
The Red Wings are now 9-3-2 at home this year and had a five-game home winning streak halted in the first of four straight at home. San Jose next comes for a visit on Thursday.
The Avs got on the board first, just 1:07 into the opening period. Tyler Arnason picked off an errant Red Wings' pass in the neutral zone and passed ahead to Wolski, who faked forehand and slid a backhander past Osgood for the early lead.
Colorado quickly made it a 2-0 game on the power play after Holmstrom was called for hooking. Milan Hejduk gained the offensive zone on a rush and fired a pass across the high slot to Stastny just above the left circle for a blistering slap shot that beat Osgood stick-side and over the shoulder.
Detroit finally broke through against Raycroft 9:10 into the second, 28 seconds after the goaltender made a series of dazzling saves during a Red Wings' two-man advantage. Johan Franzen camped himself in front for a screen and Brian Rafalski sent a shot in on net from the left point that was deflected by Holmstrom and trickled by Raycroft following a mad scramble in the crease, making it a 2-1 affair.
Colorado took a 3-1 lead early in the third on a penalty shot from Leopold after a Red Wings' defender was whistled for covering up the puck in the crease during a scrum in front. The disc had gotten behind Osgood and Brett Lebda used his glove to trap the puck against the goaltender's leg. Leopold was then given the green light to skate in on net and flip a backhander past the outstretched glove of Osgood less than two minutes in.
Hossa got Detroit back within one by snapping a shot past a surprised Raycroft directly off a faceoff at the 7:07 mark of the third.
Raycroft, though, continued to turn away prime scoring opportunities by the Red Wings and capped the effort with a point-blank stop of Brad Stuart just outside of one minute remaining.
Detroit had won four straight regular-season meetings with the Avalanche prior to Monday...The Red Wings have still taken 12 of the last 15 against Colorado.
12/15 22:06:28 ET