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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) - 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
06:06
DET
Tomas Holmstrom (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (33), Brad Stuart (11)
1 - 0 DET
12:40
DET
PPG - Johan Franzen (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Holmstrom (10), Nicklas Lidstrom (30)
2 - 0 DET
2nd Period
08:29
COL
TJ Galiardi (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Stastny (43), Chris Stewart (24)
2 - 1 DET
11:14
COL
Chris Stewart (20) Snap shot - ASST: Ruslan Salei (1), Matt Hendricks (4)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
10:57
DET
PPG - Nicklas Lidstrom (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (34), Tomas Holmstrom (11)
3 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
11:08
COL
Craig Anderson  Tripping against  Tomas Holmstrom
16:53
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Tripping against  Chris Durno
2nd Period
03:25
COL
Matt Hendricks  Hooking against  Darren Helm
05:39
COL
John-Michael Liles  Tripping against  Darren Helm
17:19
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Interference on goalkeeper against  Craig Anderson
3rd Period
09:59
COL
Kyle Quincey  Tripping against  Valtteri Filppula
12:51
COL
Adam Foote  Slashing against  Tomas Holmstrom
12:51
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Slashing against  Adam Foote
goalie stats
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
22-13-8
SA: 24TOI: 59:57
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .917SH: 2 - 2
Craig Anderson
SA: 30TOI: 58:18
Saves: 27EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 2PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
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