Penalty Killers Lead Red Wings over Avalanche

The Detroit Red Wings took a 4-3 lead over the Colorado Avalanche into the third period on Saturday and their penalty killers helped them keep it through two Colorado power plays in the period, including a five-on-three chance.

Goaltender Manny Legace led the way for the Red Wings in the third, stopping all nine shots he faced including two big Avalanche chances during a flurry with the two-man power play.

The Avalanche had two chances with a two-man advantage on the game and could not score on either. Detroit's game-winning goal came on their only five-on-three chance.

With the game tied at three and 2:58 remaining in the second period, Robert Lang scored the game's final goal to put Detroit in the lead. With Colorado down to three men on the ice, Pavel Datsyuk was free to send a pass from down low through the crease to Lang on the other side, where he was open to bank the puck in off the skate of Colorado netminder David Aebischer.

The Red Wings had opened the game's scoring just 49 seconds into the game. Behind the goal, Kris Draper sent the puck to Brendan Shanahan, who passed it into the slot for Datsyuk. Datsyuk quickly sent it back on net and past Aebischer to put Detroit on the board.

The Avalanche pulled back into a tie 46 seconds later, when Ian Laperriere tipped a soft shot from the point by John-Michael Liles past Legace.

Tomas Holmstrom put the Red Wings back out in front with 2:57 remaining in the period. Mark Mowers carried the puck away from the goal through the bottom of the right circle before spinning to send a pass through the crease to Holmstrom on the far side, open for an easy tip-in.

With 1:09 left in the period, Detroit took a two-goal lead on their first power play. Mathieu Schneider sent a shot on goal from the high slot through a screen. The puck deflected off Colorado blueliner Patrice Brisebois and into the net.

Colorado came back in the second period, starting with a power play goal at 1:29. Brisebois fired a shot from the point that Andrew Brunette deflected at the top of the crease to beat Legace.

With 6:37 remaining in the period and the teams skating four-on-four, Rob Blake scored to tie the game. Blake sent a shot from the point that may have deflected off of Chris Chelios and past Legace.

Lang's game-winner came 3:39 later.

The Red Wings ended the game two-for-five on the power play and held the Avalanche to one goal on eight power play chances.

Legace made twenty saves on 23 shots while Aebischer stopped 28 of 32 shots.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Monday when they host the Nashville Predators.


Notes: Mowers was in the lineup for the second-straight game as Henrik Zetterberg rests a hip flexor. Zetterberg is expected to play on Monday... Monday's matchup is the rescheduled November 21 game. As such, Nashville will begin the game with a 1-0 lead.

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Wow, the Wings absolutely dominated the play for about 5 minutes in the middle of the first period. They really needed to get a goal there, can't afford to have so many chances that don't go in against Colorado.

On a side note, good to see that Zetterberg did take the morning skate.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2006 at 2:38 PM

 

Damn, Aebischer looked good on the first Detroit power play. Until the goal, of course.

That's what I love about this Detroit team, if you stop them on the pretty chances, they'll get you with the ugly ones.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2006 at 2:48 PM

 

Always love to see the wings take out the Aves!!! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2006 at 3:02 PM

 

Ok guys we need to settle down and play some good D, as well as not get too over confident <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2006 at 3:07 PM

 

That penalty to Maltby was crap, MacLean put his head down, it's his own damn fault. Big kill on the 5-on-3, though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2006 at 3:36 PM

 

Oh hell now it's tied... We need one on this power play. Let's go boys!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2006 at 3:36 PM

 

5 on 3 let's go!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2006 at 3:38 PM

 

I think we have some hometown refs here. SCORE!!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2006 at 3:39 PM

 

This is the one time that we are missing somebody like Hatcher so he could flaten Blake.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2006 at 3:42 PM

 

Don't need to flatten anyone as long as you're getting goals. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2006 at 3:44 PM

 

It's just Blake.... Can't stand him <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2006 at 3:49 PM

 

Another crap penalty for a 5-on-3. Liles totally took a couple more strides before falling down.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2006 at 4:14 PM

 

Wings just shut it all down in the third period. Avs get a 5-on-3 and a power play in the final minutes and can't do a damn thing with it, damned good to see.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/21/2006 at 4:38 PM

 

Great finish to an awsome game. Wings need to keep it up

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/21/2006 at 9:10 PM

 

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