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Avalanche 3, Red Wings 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Avalanche 3, Red Wings 1
Detroit Red Wings 1, Colorado Avalanche 3

DENVER (AP) -Craig Anderson made a season-high 48 saves, Chris Stewart and T.J. Galiardi each had a goal and an assist, and the Colorado Avalanche continued its surprising start with a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

Kris Draper scored his second goal of the season and Jimmy Howard had 20 saves for the Red Wings, who are winless in their last three games.

Colorado, which was picked by many to finish out of the playoffs for the second straight season, is 8-1-2 following its second victory in two nights and leads the Western Conference with 18 points.

With the score tied 1-1, Stewart took a pass from Galiardi, skated into the Detroit zone and beat Howard with a shot from the top of the right circle with 10:40 left in the game.

The Red Wings had a chance to tie when they had three power plays late in the third period, including three seconds of 5-on-3 action, but couldn't beat Anderson despite putting eight shots on goal.

Detroit pulled Howard with 1:10 left and Paul Stastny, serving his third penalty of the game, came out of the box, picked up a loose puck and sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 60 seconds left.

Draper gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead early in the second period. Dan Cleary corralled the puck on the left board and sent a pass between the legs of defenseman Kyle Quincey to Draper, who was screening Anderson. Draper spun and backhanded the puck past the Colorado goalie with 16:51 left in the frame.

The Avalanche tied it with 5:34 left in the second. Stewart took the puck off Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson's stick and fed Galiardi, who roofed a backhander over Howard for his first goal of the season.

The Red Wings had the first good opportunity to take the lead when Stastny drew a double minor for high sticking with 6:26 left in the first period. Detroit had seven shots with the man advantage, but Anderson made several good saves, including one on Tomas Holmstrom with 20 seconds left on the power play.

Less than a minute after killing off Stastny's penalty the Avalanche went on a four-minute power play but couldn't score.

Notes: Avalanche F Darcy Tucker is out indefinitely with a concussion suffered in Friday's win over Carolina. Tucker was injured when Hurricanes' F Tuomo Ruutu checked him into the boards in the second period. The Avalanche recalled F Brian Willsie from Lake Erie. ... Avalanche G Peter Budaj (flu) was not available Saturday. ... The 49 shots by Detroit was a season high. ... Saturday's game was the 100th between the two franchises.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Kris Draper (2) ASST: Daniel Cleary (4), Jonathan Ericsson (3)
1 - 0 DET
TJ Galiardi (1) ASST: Chris Stewart (4)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
Chris Stewart (1) ASST: TJ Galiardi (5), Kyle Cumiskey (2)
2 - 1 COL
EN - Paul Stastny (4) ASST: Scott Hannan (3), Ryan O'Reilly (8)
3 - 1 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
Paul Stastny  Hi stick - double minor against  Henrik Zetterberg
Brett Lebda  Hi stick - double minor against  Chris Stewart
2nd Period
Marek Svatos  Hi-sticking against  Brad Stuart
Matt Duchene  Hooking against  Valtteri Filppula
3rd Period
Tomas Holmstrom  Hooking against  Kyle Quincey
Paul Stastny  Hi-sticking against  Tomas Holmstrom
Scott Hannan  Holding against  Tomas Holmstrom
Paul Stastny  Tripping against  Pavel Datsyuk
Scott Hannan  Cross checking against  Ville Leino
goalie stats
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
SA: 22TOI: 59:21
Saves: 20EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .909SH: 1 - 1
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
SA: 49TOI: 60:00
Saves: 48EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 20 - 20
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