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NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Detroit



(Sunday, February 12th)

Final Score: Detroit 6, Colorado 3

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg each scored in the third period and added an assist apiece, as the Detroit Red Wings knocked off the Colorado Avalanche, 6-3, at Joe Louis Arena.

Mathieu Schneider also scored and added an assist for the Red Wings, who have won six straight games as they head into the Olympic break. Manny Legace made 20 saves in the win.

Dan Hinote scored a goal and picked up an assist for Colorado, which saw a three-game winning streak come to a halt. David Aebischer allowed five goals on 38 shots in the loss.

With game tied at 3-3 in the third period, the Red Wings scored three times in the final frame.

Just 4:43 into the period, on the power play, Niklas Lidstrom let go a wrister from the right point that Aebischer saved. Holmstrom was able to control the rebound in front and whack it home to give Detroit the lead.

At the 8:06 mark of the period, Zetterberg found a loose puck in front and tapped it past Aebischer on his glove side to give the Red Wings a two-goal cushion.

The Avs pulled their goaltender with about two minutes left, but the move back fired as Brendan Shanahan scored on the empty net to seal it for Detroit.

"This is a home run for us," said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. "We need to take two weeks off and go in feeling good about ourselves. They've (the players) done some good work and they get a break here. Guys going to the Olympics will be energized when they come back. The other guys who have had a break will be energized. We'll be ready for a good push."

Colorado drew first blood as Patrice Brisebois' ninth tally of the season gave the Avs a 1-0 lead 5:36 into the contest.

Midway through the opening period, the Avalanche went up 2-0 after Milan Hejduk picked up his 16th goal of the season. About three minutes later, the Red Wings got on the board after Schneider's blast from the point beat a screened Legace.

Datsyuk tied the game up at 2-2 at the 6:51 mark of the second stanza.

"We got off to a slow start," said Legace. "I was awful, to be honest with you. I think our team played unbelievable the second and third."

Midway through the middle session, Hinote and Jason Williams exchanged goals for a 3-3 tie heading into the third period.

Game Notes

Detroit is now 4-0 against Colorado this season and has won six straight meetings overall...The Red Wings will visit San Jose on February 28 after the Olympic break...Zetterberg has 11 points in his last seven games overall...Colorado will host the Wild on February 28 to make its return from the Olympic break.

02/12 20:44:55 ET


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