Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek stopped all 28 shots he faced on Thursday night for his first shutout of the season as the Red Wings earned a 3-0 win over the host Colorado Avalanche.
The Avalanche thought they had cracked Mrazek just six minutes into the first period but an apparent goal by Gabriel Landeskog was disallowed due to a hand pass by Nick Holden.
Justin Abdelkader scored the first goal to count with 6:35 left in the second period. Abdelkader got the puck in front of the net and was stopped by Semyon Varlamov but dug out his own rebound and flipped it past the Colorado netminder for a power play goal and a 1-0 lead.
There would be no further scoring until the closing minutes. With Varlamov on the bench for an extra attacker early, both Darren Helm and Luke Glendening scored into the empty net.
Varlamov finished the night with 26 saves on 27 shots.
Detroit went one-for-three on the power play while the Avalanche were scoreless on three tries with the man-advantage.
The Red Wings conclude their short road trip on Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes.
Detroit goalie Jonas Gustavsson returned from his rehabilitation stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins, replacing Tom McCollum in the lineup… Defenseman Xavier Ouellet was called up from the Griffins for the trip but did not play… Daniel Cleary and Jakub Kindl were the other healthy scratches.