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Avalanche rally for rare road win over Red Wings

Mar 4, 2007 - 11:21 PM
DETROIT (Ticker) -- Brad Richardson and the Colorado Avalanche finally ended their drought at Joe Louis Arena.

Richardson scored the game-winning goal midway through overtime to lift the Avalanche to a 4-3 triumph over the Detroit Red Wings.

Colorado ended its four-game skid here and won for just the second time in its last 10 overall meetings with Detroit. It was the Avalanche's first road victory against the Red Wings since February 14, 2004.

"I don't remember the last time we won here," said Colorado right wing Milan Hejduk, who had a goal and an assist. "It might be a while. It was a good game. I have a pretty good feeling now. If we can put a few more wins together, it will be nice."

"We had the puck a little bit more," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville added. "(The Red Wings were) still real dangerous. They kept coming there at the end. We stuck with it and got rewarded, but it's tough going to get points here."

The Avalanche also ended a four-game road slide thanks to Richardson, who finished off a pretty breakaway for his second game-winning goal this season.

Colorado rookie Wojtek Wolski gained possession in the neutral zone and carried the puck through the left faceoff circle. The Polish left wing threaded a pass between the legs of Detroit defenseman Matthieu Schneider to Richardson, who banged a rebound past Chris Osgood after the netminder denied his initial shot.

"It was just laying there, and I poked it," Richardson said. "It squeaked under him somehow. It was nice to see it go in. Wolski made a great play. It kind of poked off him a little bit, and then he made a great pass."

Peter Budaj made 31 saves while Wolski and Paul Stastny each had two assists for the Avalanche, who improved to 2-1-1 against the Red Wings this season.

"We found an identity and now we're playing well together," Stastny said. "We're looking to get one game at a time."

Osgood stopped 23 shots and Kris Draper tallied twice for Detroit (41-16-9), which entered the contest two points behind first-place Nashville (44-18-4) in the Central Division. The Predators, who own the top record in the Western Conference, visit Anaheim on Sunday night.

"We didn't have the sense of urgency we usually have," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "This is our building, and we're supposed to set the worth ethic. That wasn't the case today at all."

Colorado took a 3-2 lead at 8:41 of the third period when Brett McLean tallied off a feed from Hejduk. But the Red Wings forged a 3-3 tie with 1:27 left in regulation on Draper's second goal of the contest.








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    FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 0 2 1 1 4
    DETROIT 0 1 2 0 3 FINAL IN OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: COL - MILAN HEJDUK 25 (PAUL STASTNY, JOHN-MICHAEL LILES)
    10:55
    COL - TYLER ARNASON 15 (WOJTEK WOLSKI, IAN LAPERRIERE) 14:04
    DET - VALTTERI FILPPULA 8 (PAVEL D

    Mar 4 3:01 PM


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    COLORADO 4
    DETROIT 3
    OT: COL - BRAD RICHARDSON 10 (WOJTEK WOLSKI) 2:41

    Mar 4 3:00 PM


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    COLORADO 4
    DETROIT 3
    OT: COL - BRAD RICHARDSON 10 (WOJTEK WOLSKI) 2:41

    Avalanche vs. Red WingsMar 4 3:00 PM


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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 0 2 1 3
    DETROIT 0 1 2 3 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: COL - MILAN HEJDUK 25 (PAUL STASTNY, JOHN-MICHAEL LILES)
    10:55
    COL - TYLER ARNASON 15 (WOJTEK WOLSKI, IAN LAPERRIERE) 14:04
    DET - VALTTERI FILPPULA 8 (PAVEL DATSYUK, MATHIEU SCHNEIDER)
    19

    Mar 4 2:54 PM


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    COLORADO 3
    DETROIT 3
    3RD PRD: DET - KRIS DRAPER 12 (MATHIEU SCHNEIDER, ROBERT LANG) 18:33

    Avalanche vs. Red WingsMar 4 2:52 PM
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    Avalanche vs. Red WingsMar 4 2:52 PM


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    COLORADO 3
    DETROIT 2
    3RD PRD: COL - BRETT MCLEAN 11 (PAUL STASTNY) 8:41

    Avalanche vs. Red WingsMar 4 2:36 PM


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    COLORADO 2
    DETROIT 2
    3RD PRD: DET - KRIS DRAPER 11 (JOHAN FRANZEN, KIRK MALTBY) 1:14

    Avalanche vs. Red WingsMar 4 2:22 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 0 2 2
    DETROIT 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: COL - MILAN HEJDUK 25 (PAUL STASTNY, JOHN-MICHAEL LILES)
    10:55
    COL - TYLER ARNASON 15 (WOJTEK WOLSKI, IAN LAPERRIERE) 14:04
    DET - VALTTERI FILPPULA 8 (PAVEL DATSYUK, MATHIEU SCHNEIDER)
    19:0

    Mar 4 2:01 PM


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    COLORADO 2
    DETROIT 1
    2ND PRD: DET - VALTTERI FILPPULA 8 (PAVEL DATSYUK, MATHIEU SCHNEIDER)
    19:03

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    COLORADO 2
    DETROIT 0
    2ND PRD: COL - TYLER ARNASON 15 (WOJTEK WOLSKI, IAN LAPERRIERE) 14:04

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    COLORADO 1
    DETROIT 0
    2ND PRD: COL - MILAN HEJDUK 25 (PAUL STASTNY, JOHN-MICHAEL LILES)
    10:55

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    COLORADO 0
    DETROIT 0 0:00 LEFT, 1ST PRD

    Mar 4 1:11 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 0 0
    DETROIT 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COL 10 10
    DET 8 8
    GOALIES: COL - PETER BUDAJ
    DET - CHRIS OSGOOD

    Mar 4 1:09 PM