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Red Wings 3, Avalanche 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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

DENVER (AP) - Nicklas Lidstrom scored a power-play goal with 9:03 left in the third period and lifted the Detroit Red Wings past the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Monday night.

Tomas Holmstrom had a goal and two assists, Pavel Datsyuk had two assists and Jimmy Howard made 22 saves for Detroit.

It was the first NHL game since Feb. 14, when the NHL took a two-week break for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Chris Stewart had a goal and assist, T.J. Galiardi also scored and Craig Anderson had 27 saves for the Avalanche.

The game was tied when Colorado defenseman Kyle Quincey drew a minor penalty for tripping with 10:01 remaining. Lidstrom's low shot 58 seconds later beat Anderson for the game-winner.

The goal spoiled Colorado's comeback from a slow start.

The Red Wings took a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Colorado came back to tie it in the second. Galiardi knocked a rebound through Howard's legs to make it 2-1 with his 10th goal of the season at 8:29.

The Avalanche got even when Stewart's slapshot from the left circle beat Howard at 11:14 of the period, his 20th goal of the year.

Both teams had chances to take the lead late in the second. Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart intercepted a pass on a Colorado two-on-one and later Anderson stretched to make a right pad save on Johan Franzen, who couldn't lift the puck into the open net.

Detroit looked in control at the start. Holmstrom scored his 17th goal when he took a pass from Datsyuk and beat Anderson with a quick shot in the top left corner to make it a 1-0 game 6:06 in.

Franzen made it 2-0 on the power play when he beat Anderson in the same spot at 12:40 of the first period.

Detroit had a goal waved off when the officials ruled Holmstrom had made contact with Anderson with 13:32 left in the second period.

Two minutes later, Galiardi scored to get Colorado on the board.

Notes: The Avalanche activated C Matt Hendricks, who missed 12 games with an ankle injury. ... Colorado D Ruslan Salei's assist on Stewart's goal was his first point of the season. He missed 54 games with a back injury. ... Detroit C Jason Williams played in his 400th NHL game.

scoring summary
1st Period
Tomas Holmstrom (16) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (33), Brad Stuart (11)
1 - 0 DET
PPG - Johan Franzen (4) ASST: Tomas Holmstrom (10), Nicklas Lidstrom (30)
2 - 0 DET
2nd Period
TJ Galiardi (10) ASST: Paul Stastny (43), Chris Stewart (24)
2 - 1 DET
Chris Stewart (20) ASST: Ruslan Salei (1), Matt Hendricks (4)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
PPG - Nicklas Lidstrom (7) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (34), Tomas Holmstrom (11)
3 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
Craig Anderson  Tripping against  Tomas Holmstrom
Niklas Kronwall  Tripping against  Chris Durno
2nd Period
Matt Hendricks  Hooking against  Darren Helm
John-Michael Liles  Tripping against  Darren Helm
Tomas Holmstrom  Interference on goalkeeper against  Craig Anderson
3rd Period
Kyle Quincey  Tripping against  Valtteri Filppula
Adam Foote  Slashing against  Tomas Holmstrom
Tomas Holmstrom  Slashing against  Adam Foote
goalie stats
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
SA: 24TOI: 59:57
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .917SH: 2 - 2
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
SA: 30TOI: 58:18
Saves: 27EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 2PP: 3 - 5
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