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Mrazek, Red Wings shut out Avalanche

Feb 6, 2015 - 5:16 AM Denver, CO ( - Petr Mrazek made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season and the streaking Detroit Red Wings scored two empty-net goals in a 3-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

Justin Abdelkader's power-play goal in the second period was the only one the Red Wings needed to pick up their eighth win in nine games.

They got two more after Avalanche coach Patrick Roy pulled Semyon Varlamov for an extra skater with around 3:05 left in the game -- a tactic the Hall of Fame former goaltender is known for.

Darren Helm scored about 30 seconds later and Luke Glendening added another empty-net goal in the final minute to wrap things up.

Mrazek had 12 saves in the first period, nine in the second and secured his third career shutout with seven stops in the third.

The Red Wings killed off three Colorado power plays, including two in a scoreless first period.

"It was important the way we kept the game 0-0 for a while," said Abdelkader. "They came out strong as they always do here. We kept our shifts short. We felt we got our feet going a little bit in the second period and we were able to take the game over."

Varlamov made 26 saves for the Avalanche, who had a two-game winning streak stopped.

An apparent goal by Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog around six minutes into the game was waived off because of a hand pass.

Teammate Nick Holden knocked the puck down with his glove in front of the net after Ryan O'Reilly's shot was stopped by Mrazek and the goal was called off after a brief discussion.

Abdelkader scored with Colorado defenseman Jan Hejda off for interference.

Henrik Zetterberg set it up with a sharp-angle pass from near the right boards and Abdelkader backed into position from beside the net, scoring on his own rebound after Varlamov made the initial save.

"We're just moving the puck well," said Abdelkader. "I knew I had some room and the (defense) was playing high. The puck got down and I had a couple chances at it."

Avs defenseman Brad Stuart was caught in between Zetterberg and Abdelkader.

"He was able to walk out in front," Stuart said. "By the time I got there, he had a couple whacks at it."

Game Notes

The Avs topped the Red Wings 2-1 in a shootout on Dec. 21 in Detroit, their second consecutive win in the series after four straight losses ... The next time these teams meet in Denver they will play an outdoor game at Coors Field on Feb. 27, 2016 ... Detroit continues a three-game road trip on Saturday against Arizona ... Colorado is also on the road Saturday against Minnesota.