NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Detroit
(Saturday, February 14th)
Final Score: Colorado 5, Detroit 2
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Peter Forsberg had a goal and two assists to help the Colorado Avalanche record a point in their 12th straight game with a 5-2 win over Detroit at Joe Louis Arena.
Joe Sakic and Alex Tanguay each added a goal and an assist in the win, helping Colorado improve to 7-0-3-2 in its last 12. David Aebischer, who made 28 saves, was the beneficiary of four unanswered goals from the Avalanche to close out the contest.
"To come out of here with a win is great," Forsberg said. "It was a good game today. There were a couple of lucky bounces. It could have gone either way."
Jiri Fischer and Steve Yzerman scored for the Red Wings in defeat, their first in seven games (4-1-2). Detroit, which had Manny Legace in net with Dominik Hasek and Curtis Joseph injured, also had a three-game winning streak snapped. Legace stopped 25 of the 29 shots he faced in the contest.
In a battle between the top two teams in the Western Conference, and bitter rivals, the Avalanche emerged victorious thanks to three third-period goals.
"We just wanted to get a win because they're just behind us in the standings," explained Sakic. "We're happy with the win but we still have a long way to go."
Trailing 2-1 late in the second period, Karlis Skrastins wound up for a slap shot from the left point. The disc caromed off a Detroit defenseman's stick and went over the glove of a flailing Legace, tying the game with just 28 seconds left in the middle period.
"It looked like a harmless situation, but the puck found its way into the net and I think that took some of the wind out of our sails," Detroit head coach Dave Lewis said.
Tanguay then tallied the eventual game-winner just 2:42 into the final period. John-Michael Liles' shot from the right circle was denied, but Tanguay swooped in and lifted the rebound over Legace for a 3-2 lead, Colorado's first of the contest.
Aebischer then robbed Brett Hull from point-blank range with just over 11 minutes to play, allowing Sakic's power play goal at the midway point of the period to give the Avalanche a two-goal edge.
"I just went down to make the save, it hit my stick and went wide. It's just desperation. You think it's going in, but you hope it hits your stick," Aebischer stated.
Forsberg then capped the scoring with a long-range shot into the empty net.
"I thought they took it to us pretty good in the third. They were all over us and got a couple goals and that was it," Legace explained.
Yzerman scored the game's first goal on the power play late in the first period. Brendan Shanahan received the puck at the blue line, skated in and waited patiently as Yzerman drove towards the net. All the Red Wings captain had to do was re-direct the puck from the doorstep into the empty net for a 1-0 lead at the 18:44 mark of the first.
Teemu Selanne tied the contest at 12:54 of the middle period with a power play goal, but Fischer answered for Detroit just over four minutes later for his first goal in 56 games. Fischer's snap shot from the slot landed just under the crossbar for a 2-1 Detroit lead.
The Avalanche, however, would rally to post the victory, increasing their impressive road point streak. Colorado has now recorded a point in 15 consecutive road tilts and 24 of their last 25 on opposition ice.
The Avalanche went 2-for-6 on the power play, while Detroit converted 1-of-4 opportunities with the man advantage...Fischer's last goal came in Detroit's first game of the season on October 9 against Los Angeles...Aebischer won for the first time in four decisions against Detroit (1-3)...Hasek is out for the season with a groin injury. Joseph is out at least a week with an ankle injury.
02/14 19:52:14 ET