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