Red Wings' Skid Ends with Win over Avalanche

The Detroit Red Wings ended a losing streak with a win over the Colorado Avalanche for the second time this month on Sunday, picking up a 3-1 win after three losses in a row.

With a 4-3 shootout win in Denver on January 9, Detroit ended an earlier three-game slide.

While the chippy play that has defined the twelve-year Detroit-Colorado rivalry was absent, the game was not without controversy. After a lengthy review, the eventual game-winning goal was allowed to stand when replay seemed to show that it should be called back.

Tomas Holmstrom scored Detroit's second goal, knocking the rebound of a Nicklas Lidstrom shot out of the air and past Colorado netminder Jose Theodore with 5:58 remaining in regulation. Theodore immediately skated to the officials, signaling that it was deflected above the crossbar. After review, the replay footage was deemed inconclusive and the goal was allowed to stand.

Only eight seconds later, Holmstrom was called for interference and the Avalanche pulled back within one on the ensuing power play.

Rookie Wojtek Wolski carried the puck through the slot and to the right of goalie Dominik Hasek before sending a pass across the top of the crease to Peter Stastny to tip the puck in from the far side of the net 27 seconds into the power play.

The Red Wings wrapped up their win with 1:06 remainging when Kirk Maltby deflected a shot from the point by Chris Chelios to Theodore's right and just inside the post.

Detroit had opened the game's scoring at 9:44 of the first period. Henrik Zetterberg wrapped around the back of the net with the puck before sending a pass into the slot for Pavel Datsyuk, who drifted to his left and outwaited Theodore before putting a shot under him.

The Red Wings allowed only 12 shots on the night, with Hasek making 11 saves. Theodore stopped 38 of the 41 shots he faced.

Colorado's goal was the only goal scored with the extra attacker. Each team had three power play tries.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Tuesday when they make a rare trip into Eastern Conference territory, visiting the New York Islanders.

Notes: Kris Draper, Robert Lang and Dominik Hasek were all back in the lineup after missing Friday's game with the flu. With their returns, Matt Ellis and Matt Hussey were sent back to Grand Rapids.

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Wings are really buzzing so far but unable to do much with it. Gives me a bad feeling.

And my cable is acting screwy so the audio keeps cutting out, annoying.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/28/2007 at 4:02 PM


Okay, I feel a bit better with Detroit on the board. It felt like Datsyuk was never going to take the shot, the Avs have got to feel like sh*t for giving him about a year to outwait Theodore.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/28/2007 at 4:50 PM


Gah! Draper can't finish!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/28/2007 at 5:35 PM


Damn, Holmstrom either he's in the crease or it's a high stick, Holmstrom has more goals called back than anyone in the league. Actually, I'd love to see that stat.

WTF? They allowed it? Damn, even I can't call that the right call.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/28/2007 at 5:53 PM


I missed the game today. Does anyone know if its going be re-broacast? Great to see the Wings won though. <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":cursing:" border="0" alt="cursing.gif" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/28/2007 at 7:06 PM


Since it was an NBC game, it probably won't be rebroadcast. At least I've never seen them do it, just FSN (and PASS before them).

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/28/2007 at 8:14 PM


Yes I see it was NBC this time for a change and not FSN. Thanks for the note. I agree, Holmstrom seem to be involved in a lot of goal reviews. Between his stuff in front of the net and Draper missing the net and fanning on shots they both should get a special trophy. At least this one counted. <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":cursing:" border="0" alt="cursing.gif" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/29/2007 at 12:40 AM


Either Youtube or google videos gets all the games a few hours after the broadcast ends. Also, I think NBC's main feed was screwed because my audio messed up abit as well

Posted by Slapstick on 1/29/2007 at 2:33 PM


All I could see was Clark ranting about the refs on Homers goal, had to admit I was surprised to see it stand. Finally got to see a game on the big screen, pretty cool

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/29/2007 at 3:37 PM


Well, I was also surprised to see it allowed, but I agree with the feeling that it may have touched the defenders stick, which was also right there

Posted by Slapstick on 1/30/2007 at 3:34 PM


Hey even if it was a bad play that should not have been allowed, I'm all for it if it is in favour of the Wings and even more so if it is against the Avs! <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":lol:" border="0" alt="laugh.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/31/2007 at 2:17 PM


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