|DET||2||0||1||(0 - 0)||3|
|COL||0||2||0||(0 - 0)||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.
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.
|Tomas Holmstrom (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (33), Brad Stuart (11)|
1 - 0 DET
|PPG - Johan Franzen (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Holmstrom (10), Nicklas Lidstrom (30)|
2 - 0 DET
|TJ Galiardi (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Stastny (43), Chris Stewart (24)|
2 - 1 DET
|Chris Stewart (20) Snap shot - ASST: Ruslan Salei (1), Matt Hendricks (4)|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Nicklas Lidstrom (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (34), Tomas Holmstrom (11)|
3 - 2 DET
|Craig Anderson Tripping against Tomas Holmstrom|
|Niklas Kronwall Tripping against Chris Durno|
|Matt Hendricks Hooking against Darren Helm|
|John-Michael Liles Tripping against Darren Helm|
|Tomas Holmstrom Interference on goalkeeper against Craig Anderson|
|Kyle Quincey Tripping against Valtteri Filppula|
|Adam Foote Slashing against Tomas Holmstrom|
|Tomas Holmstrom Slashing against Adam Foote|
|SA: 24||TOI: 59:57|
|Saves: 22||EV: 18 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: .917||SH: 2 - 2|
|SA: 30||TOI: 58:18|
|Saves: 27||EV: 24 - 25|
|PIM: 2||PP: 3 - 5|
|SV%: .900||SH: 0 - 0|