DENVER (AP) - Pavel Datsyuk knocked in a rebound at 4:45 of overtime, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Friday night to hold onto seventh place in the Western Conference.
Datsyuk, who had two goals, ended the game after Henrik Zetterberg put a shot on net that rebounded off goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Datsyuk reached out to poke in the puck.
Jimmy Howard had 32 saves, and Gustav Nyquist had a goal for the Red Wings, who are locked in a tight fight for a playoff spot.
P.A. Parenteau and Mark Olver scored for Colorado, which gave Detroit all it could handle.
The Red Wings came into Friday having lost three of four. They slipped to seventh place, one point ahead of St. Louis, which has played two fewer games. Detroit is a perennial top seed in the postseason but is in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1990.
The Avalanche have been reduced to the spoiler role for the third straight season.
Despite the different directions, this game was close. Detroit took a 1-0 lead on Datsyuk's power-play goal midway through the first period - his team-leading 12th goal of the season.
Colorado tied it when Olver scored on a breakaway at 11:36, but Nyquist gave the Red Wings the lead back with his second goal of the season 13 seconds later.
It stayed that way until the third, when Colorado came out charging. The pressure paid off when Parenteau tipped in a pass from Jamie McGinn at 6:29 to tie it 2-2.
The Avalanche continued to dominate in the third and held a 14-1 advantage in shots before Tyson Barrie took a penalty at 14:16. The Red Wings couldn't take advantage of the power play and the game went into overtime.
Colorado won't have much time to dwell on the loss as they will travel to Phoenix after the game for a Saturday night tilt against the Coyotes.
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