Red Wings Unable to Overcome Early Deficit, Fall to Avalanche, 5-4

The Detroit Red Wings allowed four goals in the first fifteen minutes Monday night and never recovered, losing to the Colorado Avalanche, 5-2, despite a late rally.

The Avalanche got on the board 5:58 into the first, when Paul Stastny pounced on the loose puck when Niklas Kronwall turned it over at the top of the crease. Before Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard knew what had happened, Stastny put the puck around him and into the net.

Jan Mursak scored his first career goal to tie things back up just 54 seconds later, sliding the rebound of a Drew Miller shot past Colorado netminder Peter Budaj.

At 8:32, Matt Duchene scored the first of his two goals, beating Howard between the pads on a rush.

Kevin Porter put the Avs up by a pair with 7:32 left in the period, snapping a shot past Howard from the inside edge of the right faceoff circle.

Duchene's second of the night made it 4-1 with 5:45 remaining in the first, working the give-and-go on a two-on-one with Tomas Fleischmann and putting the puck into the open side of the net.

Howard was replaced by Joey MacDonald after the fourth Colorado goal.

Brian Rafalski cut the Avalanche lead to two goals with two minutes remaining in the period, snapping a shot from the high slot past Budaj.

David Jones restored the three goal lead at 6:51 of the second, beating the sprawling MacDonald with a backhander on a rush with Duchene after Kris Draper's chance missed the net and bounced out of the zone at the other end.

Henrik Zetterberg banged home a rebound chance on a Detroit power play with 4:30 left in the middle period to once again pull the Red Wings to within a pair.

At 9:45 of the third, Tomas Holmstrom tipped a Zetterberg shot past Budaj for the Red Wings' second power play goal of the night, drawing them to within a goal.

Detroit would be unable to pull even as Colorado held on for the win.

The Red Wings finished the night with two goals on three power play chances while the Avalanche were scoreless in five tries with the extra attacker.

MacDonald stopped 15 of the 16 shots he faced but picked up the loss. Howard made six stops on ten shots while Budaj stopped 26 of 30 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings will return home before visiting Columbus on Friday for the last of five consecutive road games.

Notes: Valtteri Filppula returned to the Detroit lineup after missing two games with a groin injury. Tomas Tatar was returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins with Filppula's return... Goalie Chris Osgood will miss six-to-eight weeks recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia.

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Kicking this off early 'cause I'll be running around later.

No lineup changes for Detroit aside from Joey MacDonald taking over the backup role from Chris Osgood. Osgood's on his way to see a specialist about his injured groin, so we'll see what comes of that.

The Avs are 3-5-2 in their last ten, sit seventh in the West, and are coming off a 4-3 OTL to the New York Islanders (sound familiar?) on Saturday. They're in the middle of a month where they play only two games on the road, both later this week.

The Wings are 7-2-1 in their last 10, sit second in the conference, and have won three in a row, including a shootout win in Vancouver last Saturday. As I said then, I expect the letdown from that big win to lead to a loss tonight. Let's hope I'm wrong.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/10/2011 at 12:02 PM


Hey, Fil's back. Sweet.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/10/2011 at 9:42 PM


Wow. That was just sloppy.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/10/2011 at 9:48 PM


Mursak! Great job of sticking with the rebound.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/10/2011 at 9:49 PM


Jimmy just got beat there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/10/2011 at 9:53 PM


Now that some of those spammers are gone...

Bad period there but I don't think it'd look as bad if it were 2-0. Still in the game but Jimmy had a bad goal and the defense made a couple bad plays. Two of those goals came on plays where Kronner stepped up to deliver a hit and another on one where he lost the puck. Ouch.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/10/2011 at 10:27 PM


That's what happens when Draper shoots. Jesus.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/10/2011 at 10:46 PM


This is my last sighted night for a little while, so if the Wings don't get something soon I'm gonna use it playing video games.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/10/2011 at 10:49 PM


Now things get interesting. Power play really helping the Wings tonight.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/10/2011 at 11:44 PM


Well, called it two days ago. Oh well.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/11/2011 at 12:04 AM


I hate to say this however, this is typical Howard that dates back to his days at U Maine. Back in his college days he was notorious for having two or three outstanding games in a row and then getting blown out against a team the Black Bears should have beaten. We have seen this time and time again throughout his career as a Wing and as a Griffin. and I am willing to bet that he will give up maybe a goal or perhaps even get a shutout in his next game since that is usually what he does after being pulled.

Had Draper not wasted that slap shot we may have picked up a point in overtime...

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/11/2011 at 9:55 AM

Jimmy Howard

Jimmy Howard
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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