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Avalanche 5, Red Wings 4

Monday, 01.10.2011 / 10:23 PM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 5, Red Wings 4
Detroit Red Wings 4, Colorado Avalanche 5

DENVER (AP) - Matt Duchene scored twice in Colorado's four-goal first period and Peter Budaj stopped 26 shots, helping the Avalanche halt the Detroit Red Wings' three-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory on Monday night.

Paul Stastny, Kevin Porter and David Jones added goals for the Avalanche in a game that featured two of the NHL's highest-scoring teams.

Colorado chased Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard 14:15 in after he surrendered four goals on 10 shots. Howard was replaced by Joey MacDonald, who allowed only one goal the rest of the way on 16 shots.

Jan Mursak netted his first NHL goal and Brian Rafalski, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom also scored for the Red Wings.

Holmstrom deflected in a shot midway through the third period to trim what had been a three-goal deficit to a 5-4 margin. The Red Wings pulled MacDonald for an extra skater with just over one minute remaining, but couldn't score the equalizer. T.J. Galiardi cleared the puck from the Colorado zone to end the game.

Budaj was solid in net as he spelled Craig Anderson. He thwarted one scoring chance after another, especially in the third period when the Red Wings relentlessly pressured the Avalanche.

Duchene also set up Jones' backhanded goal in the second period, staking the Avalanche to a 5-2 lead.

Later in the period, Zetterberg poked home a rebound while Detroit was on a power play, running his point streak to 11 games. He has six goals and 10 assists over that span.

Duchene's first of the game came when he corralled a loose puck between the blue lines, skated in on Howard and put a shot between his pads.

He knocked in another on a give-and-go play with Tomas Fleischmann, who assisted on both of Duchene's goals.

Duchene nearly added a third, but his backhanded shot late in the first period clanged off the right post.

Stastny started the scoring when he knocked in a shot after the puck squirted out to him near the left circle. The goal moved Stastny to within one of becoming the eighth player in Avalanche history to score 100.

Porter also got into the act when he bounced a puck into the net.

The dinged-up Red Wings have done a remarkable job of weathering a string of injuries. They have the second-most points in the Western Conference despite missing Mike Modano (wrist), Pavel Datsyuk (wrist/hand) and Dan Cleary (ankle) for chunks of time.

Detroit will be without defenseman Brad Stuart (broken jaw) for six-to-eight weeks, and backup goalie Chris Osgood is out because of a lingering groin injury.

NOTES: Howard leads the NHL with 22 wins. ... Avs rookie D Kevin Shattenkirk missed the game because of a foot injury sustained Saturday while blocking a shot. ... Avs D Kyle Cumiskey will accompany the team on its upcoming two-game road swing. Cumiskey has been out since Oct. 30 with a concussion. ... Detroit F Valtteri Filppula returned after missing two games with a groin injury. ... Duchene and Jones had three points each.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:58
COL
Paul Stastny (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Milan Hejduk (23), Kevin Porter (5)
1 - 0 COL
06:52
DET
Jan Mursak (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Drew Miller (6), Justin Abdelkader (7)
1 - 1 Tie
08:32
COL
Matt Duchene (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (17)
2 - 1 COL
12:28
COL
Kevin Porter (8) Wrist shot - ASST: David Jones (11), Brandon Yip (8)
3 - 1 COL
14:15
COL
Matt Duchene (18) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (18), David Jones (12)
4 - 1 COL
18:00
DET
Brian Rafalski (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Darren Helm (13)
4 - 2 COL
2nd Period
06:51
COL
David Jones (14) Backhand shot - ASST: Matt Duchene (25)
5 - 2 COL
15:30
DET
PPG - Henrik Zetterberg (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Tomas Holmstrom (11), Nicklas Lidstrom (29)
5 - 3 COL
3rd Period
09:45
DET
PPG - Tomas Holmstrom (11) Deflected shot - ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (33), Nicklas Lidstrom (30)
5 - 4 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
03:01
DET
Brian Rafalski  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
10:13
DET
Jonathan Ericsson  Interference against  Greg Mauldin
14:42
COL
Ryan O'Reilly  Interference against  Joey MacDonald
19:27
DET
Brian Rafalski  Hooking against  Matt Duchene
2nd Period
14:35
COL
Greg Mauldin  Tripping against  Johan Franzen
18:05
DET
Darren Helm  Interference on goalkeeper against  Peter Budaj
3rd Period
08:50
COL
Kevin Porter  Too many men/ice - bench
13:20
DET
Todd Bertuzzi  Tripping against  TJ Galiardi
goalie stats
Joey MacDonald
Joey MacDonald
0-1-0
SA: 16TOI: 44:31
Saves: 15EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .938SH: 1 - 1
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
SA: 10TOI: 14:15
Saves: 6EV: 4 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .600SH: 0 - 0
Peter Budaj
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .867SH: 0 - 0
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