Wings Down Avalanche in OT

The Detroit Red Wings bounced back from being down 2-1 in the third period to defeat the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, in overtime of their preseason matchup on Wednesday.

Nicklas Lidstrom scored on a one-timer while the Red Wings were on the power play in the overtime period to win the game for Detroit. Skating four-on-three, the Red Wings just kept cycling the puck and waiting for good shots before Lidstrom was able to put one past Colorado netminder David Aebischer.

Kyle Quincey had opened the scoring for Detroit in the first period on a goal originally credited to Valtteri Filppula.

Paul Healey tied the game in the second and Antti Laaksonen gave Colorado the lead early in the third period, breaking in alone on Detroit goalie Manny Legace and putting a shot over his shoulder.

Jason Williams tied the game late in the third, breaking into the Colorado zone and taking a cross-ice pass from Brendan Shanahan before slipping the puck between Aebischer's legs.

Shanahan scored the lone goal of the shootout, which was not required but was played anyway to educate the players and the fans.

Notes: Detroit netminder Chris Osgood will be out two to three weeks with a tear on the right side of his groin muscle. He will miss the remainder of the preseason schedule... Rookie Jimmy Howard is slated to start in net for the Red Wings against Columbus on Thursday.

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So far, it seems like this game is the exception to the preseason rule. Only a couple penalties and one goal.

The Avs' goalie seems pretty sharp but neither team has gotten a whole lot of chances. We'll see what the next couple periods bring.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/21/2005 at 8:24 PM


Even the announcers are still getting warmed up. I've noticed more than a handful of references to the old offsides rules.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/21/2005 at 8:54 PM


Always good to see the Wings pull out the win. That power play at in OT was about the only one that really clicked for Detroit.

Did it seem to anyone else like the puck was bouncing a lot?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/22/2005 at 1:17 AM


i think the puck was bouncing because it was warm... in my leages (bantam A) they usually put the game puck in the middle of a bag of ice so that its more dense, therefor, less bounce.

but yeah the wings were a little sloppy last night, not the usual redwing hockey. there was a lot of ppl throwing away the puck as soon as they got it... almost like they didnt want to get hit!

Posted by HockeyFreak92 on 9/22/2005 at 9:09 AM


And the Wings fall, 2-1, in the untelevised rematch in Denver. More importantly, Niklas Kronwall left the game after a hip check from Dan Hinote, which was apparently followed by a bit of a skirmish.

Not having been able to see the hit, I've got no idea how clean it was, but my first reaction is "Of course, what better way for a marginal checking-line forward to make an impression than to take out his team's bitter rival's best young defenseman."

Anyone actually see the game and know how bad it was? Anyone see any reports on the injury other than what's in the Freep?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/28/2005 at 6:37 AM

Looks like bad news coming about Kronwall.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/28/2005 at 1:35 PM


Shoot! I finally get the NHL Center Ice package, and I was looking forward to seeing him play. I have heard so much about him. I sure hope it seems worse then it really is. Fortunately, like Chellie said in the article, he's young and in great shape. He has a great chance of recovering from a bad injury. It is just a shame.

Posted by scooter13 on 9/28/2005 at 8:29 PM


The good news is that it's possible that Kronwall returns in six weeks. The bad news is that it's not likely.

Holland was just on the radio with the Columbus guys and said that if surgery isn't needed, he could be back in six weeks. If it is needed, could be out for the season. Damage was done to both the ACL and MCL.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/28/2005 at 8:35 PM


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