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Red Wings 3, Avalanche 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Red Wings 3, Avalanche 2
Detroit Red Wings 3, Colorado Avalanche 2

DENVER (AP) - Ty Conklin made 25 saves, and the Detroit Red Wings took over the NHL point lead with a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.

Valtteri Filppula, Johan Franzen and Kris Draper scored for Detroit. The Red Wings played without goal leader Marian Hossa, sidelined by a sore neck and knee.

Hossa was injured the night before in St. Louis when he slammed into the end boards and had to be carried off the ice on a gurney. The 30-year-old Hossa was hospitalized for observation, but accompanied the team to Colorado and is listed as day to day.

The Stanley Cup champion Red Wings won for the fourth time in five games to reach 94 points, one more than San Jose and Eastern Conference-leading Boston.

Colorado dropped its sixth straight game, matching the longest skid since the team relocated to Denver in 1995-96. The last time the Avalanche dropped six in a row was late in the 1998 season when they were on their way to wrapping up a division title.

John-Michael Liles and Milan Hejduk scored for Colorado.

The Avalanche pulled goalie Andrew Raycroft with 52 seconds remaining, but couldn't tie the game.

Detroit has struggled with the Avalanche this season, going 1-3 in the series. But the Wings opened up the game with a two-goal second period as Franzen and Draper each scored.

Liles gave the Avalanche an early 1-0 lead, scoring 2:57 into the game. It was his eighth goal of the season.

The Wings tied it late in the first period when Filppula flipped a shot over a sprawled-out Raycroft. Filppula's goal came with the clock malfunctioning, the announcer counting down the time for the final minute. Filppula's eighth goal of the season happened with 19 seconds remaining.

Hossa's injury Tuesday night gave the Wings quite a worry. He went sailing headfirst into the boards after a check by Roman Polak. Hossa gave the team a little wave as he was taken off the ice.

"When you see someone go into the boards like that, it's scary," Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "But he's all right."

Notes: On the NHL's trade deadline, the Avalanche sent D Jordan Leopold to Calgary. The team picked up defensemen Lawrence Nycholat and Ryan Wilson, plus a second-round pick in the 2009 draft.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:10
COL
John-Michael Liles (8) ASST: Milan Hejduk (28), Scott Hannan (6)
1 - 0 COL
19:41
DET
Valtteri Filppula (8) ASST: Tomas Kopecky (12), Nicklas Lidstrom (33)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
07:03
DET
Johan Franzen (26) ASST: Brett Lebda (9)
2 - 1 DET
13:33
DET
Kris Draper (7) ASST: Derek Meech (4), Aaron Downey (1)
3 - 1 DET
3rd Period
18:19
COL
Milan Hejduk (24) ASST: Ryan Smyth (31), Paul Stastny (24)
3 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
10:58
COL
Scott Hannan  Hi-sticking against  Johan Franzen
13:14
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Holding against  Ryan Smyth
2nd Period
04:10
COL
Adam Foote  Interference against  Daniel Cleary
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Ty Conklin
Ty Conklin
23-8-1
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .926SH: 0 - 0
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 30TOI: 59:02
Saves: 27EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
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