The Colorado Avalanche made little to no effort at playing an offensive game Friday night, focusing on defensive play that stifled the Detroit Red Wings for almost 58 minutes but it wasn’t enough, with the Red Wings scoring twice in the final 2:20 to pick up a 2-0 win.
Colorado’s sacrifice of offense led to the Avalanche having taken only four shots through the first two periods of play.
Henrik Zetterberg scored with 2:20 left in regulation to get Detroit on the board. Zetterberg wrapped around from behind the net and put a shot on goal that deflected off the stick of Jordan Leopold and flipped over goalie Peter Budaj.
Kris Draper added an empty net goal with 13 seconds left to ice the game for the Red Wings.
Colorado finished the night with 15 shots, all of which were stopped by Detroit’s Dominik Hasek for his fourth shutout of the season and the 80th of his career.
Budaj stopped 34 of the 35 shots he faced.
The Red Wings will be back in action on Saturday when they visit the Boston Bruins.
An apparent goal by Colorado late in the second period was negated when the referees determined that Scott Hannan interfered with Dominik Hasek in the crease. The play would have been the fifth shot of the game for the Avalanche.