Avalanche Down Red Wings in Overtime

The Colorado Avalanche earned a 4-3 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, scoring with 2:19 remaining in the extra period to pick up the victory.

Brad Richardson scored the game-winner, banging home is own rebound under the arms of the sprawling Chris Osgood, who made the first save after Richardson took a pass from Wojtek Wolski on a two-on-one.

The Avalanche also scored the game's first two goals, after Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom missed on a penalty shot attempt at the end of the first period.

Milan Hejduk got Colorado on the board with 9:05 remaining in the second. Paul Stastny raced down the left wing and sent the puck into the front of the goal for Hedjuk, who poked it past Osgood.

Just 3:09 later, Tyler Arnason put the Avalanche up by a pair. The puck was knocked free from a scrum along the left wing boards by Wolski and Arnason got to it before any Red Wing could, wristing a high shot over Osgood's glove.

With 57 seconds remaining in the period, Valtteri Filppula cut the Colorado lead to a goal, wristing a shot from the edge of the left circle past Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj after Pavel Datsyuk threaded a pass to him from the right wing boards.

Only 1:14 into the third, Kris Draper tied things up. Draper spun and threw the puck on net from the left circle and it bounced off Budaj's stick, the post, Budaj's back, and into the net.

Colorado regained the lead at 8:41 of the period when Brett McLean got the puck from Hejduk in front of the net and beat Osgood, with Kyle Calder stuck back covering on defense and unable to get position on him.

The Red Wings forced overtime by scoring with 1:27 remaining. A blast by Schneider from the top of the left circle went wide to the far side but deflected off Calder. The puck bounced off Budaj's back and bumped up against the near post but Draper jumped in and poked it across the goal line just as Budaj found it.

Detroit finished the game with 34 shots, Budaj having stopped 31 of them. Osgood made 23 saves on 27 Colorado shots.

The Red Wings failed to score on their lone power play and the Avalanche were without a goal on their four chances with the extra attacker.

The point gained by forcing overtime pulls Detroit to within one of the Nashville Predators in the race for the Central Division. The Predators play Sunday night in Anaheim, which will give Detroit a game in hand on them.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Tuesday when they host those very same Nashville Predators, one of four remaining games between the two teams.

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Hi All,

In an earlier post regarding the Nashville Predators, I commented on how the Preds would eventually fade. This is the case with the Colorado Avalanche. The team had its time in the spotlight, while gaining notoriety with the help of the Wings, but to no long lasting stamina. They have faded, while the Wings continue to rebuild and restructure unconditionally.

I hope to see the Wings prove this point today without looking back. Wings will smite this team and move on to where we belong......... the Stanley Cup. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" /> HOCKEYTOWN BABY!

Let me hear ya!!

GO WINGS!!

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 3/4/2007 at 12:21 PM

 

I completely agree, I think in the next few years, the predators will begin to drop in skill level. Expansion teams usually dont hold up a solid team. The Red Wings are an extremely deep team, their skill goes all the way down into the Griffins team. Everyone in their system has a good amount of skill, this isnt the case for many other teams. Detroit is similar to the Montreal Canadiens back when they were amazing. I think Detroit will always be one of those teams that has good skill. It will be a LONG time until the Dead Things come back. As long as Ken Holland is GM, we will be a solid team.

Posted by choyer on 3/4/2007 at 12:56 PM

 

Finally the Refs call in favor of Detroit. Actually had to hog tie Schneider in order to get a call!

You said it too, the history in Detroit is deep, as well as the farm teams. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

Go Wings.

Penalty SHot!!! Yeah baby..go Holmstrom!

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 3/4/2007 at 1:07 PM

 

If Homer had gotten it a little higher...

I've been watching this on mute since Catmandu has been on the phone and it doesn't feel like I'm missing anything. Says something about the quality of the national broadcasts.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/4/2007 at 1:12 PM

 

If Homer had gotten it a little higher...I've been watching this on mute since Catmandu has been on the phone and it doesn't feel like I'm missing anything. Says something about the quality of the national broadcasts.


Yeah, he was a little weak there, but that same thing happened to me yesterday. So, I can't say as I blame him, after all, he is a professional, unlike my sorry hockey playin ass.I know that NBC is broadcasting in Hi-Def, and it is very sharp, so I can't say too much about the feed. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" /> that was close!Go Wings.

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 3/4/2007 at 1:29 PM

 

Wow, two quick ones! Here's hoping Detroit can come alive today...sheesh what luck!

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 3/4/2007 at 1:53 PM

 

Obligatory ref bashing... Calder gets knocked down away from the puck, then gets a stick stuck in his helmet, no call. Then the ref breaks up a Detroit pass in the Colorado zone. Way to be neutral.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/4/2007 at 2:45 PM

 

Take the damn pass away, Lebda! Jesus, what were you thinking?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/4/2007 at 3:03 PM

 

wings lose in OT, good comeback to say the least. Great initial save on the OT goal by osgood, where was the defense to take away the second shot which happened to go in. Good job Defense! way to give them a goal!

Posted by choyer on 3/4/2007 at 3:12 PM

 

Despite the OT loss, I was pleased to see the extra EFFORT by the Franzen/Draper/Maltby line. Its PLAYOFF Hockey from here on out. The WINGS can expect their opponents to come out like the AVALANCHE did every game now from here on out! Great come back by the Wings. There were a lot of near goals. Both teams looked DETERMINED, particularly the AVALANCHE, especially early in the game. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 3/4/2007 at 3:27 PM

 

Yeah, definitely glad to see the Wings kick it up after their slow start. I didn't realize until the recap that the Wings only got one power play the whole game (two, if you count the missed penalty shot, which I guess should count). They nearly overcame that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/4/2007 at 3:34 PM

 

wings lose in OT, good comeback to say the least. Great initial save on the OT goal by osgood, where was the defense to take away the second shot which happened to go in. Good job Defense! way to give them a goal!


Ah HAH!! See choyer, earlier today I read one of your posts that included a statement like, "we don't have a problem on D....," but in fact have some lulls that seems to bite us in the ass once or twice a game. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" /> I have to agree with the majority on this one though, we did play hard, but Colorado is looking for a playoff spot. Sometimes you get lucky, and certainly this looked like one of those days for them.Go Wings.

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 3/4/2007 at 3:46 PM

 

haha yeah my statements do seem a little contradicting. However, I dont think we have a Defensive player problem, its that they are having mental problems. Someone got caught pinching and it formed an instant 2 on 1. Then, nobody thinks of the rebound shot because they think ozzy has it. I think they need to put in a little more effort, I dont think they need any new players.

Posted by choyer on 3/4/2007 at 4:38 PM

 

haha yeah my statements do seem a little contradicting. However, I dont think we have a Defensive player problem, its that they are having mental problems. Someone got caught pinching and it formed an instant 2 on 1. Then, nobody thinks of the rebound shot because they think ozzy has it. I think they need to put in a little more effort, I dont think they need any new players.


I hear ya man, I'm just bustin on ya. We're all Wings fans here, and I knew I might drum up some action with ya. So, in light of the recent events, you say we need better support and overall mental stability on the D. I couldn't agree more! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" /> Go Wings.

Posted by Glove_Dropper on 3/4/2007 at 5:39 PM

 

One positve thing we can say at this point is that despite the injuries and calling up the back-up squad, we can go out there and compete just like we can with no injuries. I just hope that we have not lost Dom for the rest of the season.

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/4/2007 at 8:35 PM

 

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