(Denver, Colorado) — Scoring all their goals on the power play, the Detroit Red Wings and Chris Osgood stopped the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center last night, 4-3 in overtime.
It was all Colorado for most of the game. They outshot the Red Wings 49-30 … but caught a tiger by the tail in Chris Osgood who burned brightly all night long with spectacular save after spectacular save. The special teams didn’t click for the Avs last night, as they continue to be woeful when shorthanded. The power play was also anemic — going 1 for 7.
The Avs got off to a flying start in this game on a wrist shot by Matt Duchene from in close at 3:29 of the first period; but Jiri Hudler soon tied the score 1-1 on a power play goal just over two minutes later. As they have done all season long Colorado struck right back – getting the go ahead goal on a 50-foot blast by T.J. Galiardi; but the opportunistic Red Wings evened the score 2-2 with their second power play goal of the period –courtesy of Johan Franzen.
It was all Colorado in the second period, as they dominated play and outshot the Red Wings 23-9. Chris Osgood was the story in this period, stopping all 23 shots that came his way and keeping the period scoreless.
Detroit became more resilient as the game wore on, sticking with the Avs before going ahead on its third power play goal of the night, a shot just inside the point by cagey defenseman Nicklas Lindstrom. The Avs’ special team finally did something in the game when Duchene, their best player on the ice tonight, tied the score 3-3 on a power play goal with less than three minutes remaining in regulation.
The Red Wings captured the play in overtime, shutting down the Avs’ attack and forcing them deep inside their own zone. Detroit’s dominance led to an Avalanche penalty and the winning goal, a slap shot from Niklas Knonwall at 3:42. It was the Avs third loss in a row, as they now pack their bags for a two-game road trip to Western Canada beginning with Edmonton on Thursday and Calgary on New Year’s Eve.
Game Notes: Chris Osgood won the 400th game of his career. Milan Hejduk scored an assist in his first game back after a seven-game absence due to a groin injury.
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Written by Donovan Wilson
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