NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Detroit|
(Monday, April 1st)
Final Score: Detroit 3, Colorado 2
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings rebounded from a lopsided
loss by holding on for a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche at Joe Louis
Justin Abdelkader, Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner each had a goal for
Detroit, which was coming off Sunday's 7-1 home setback to Chicago.
"We needed this after what happened yesterday," said Detroit head coach Mike
Babcock. "We didn't feel very good after that and the guys really responded
Pulled against the Blackhawks, Jimmy Howard finished with 22 saves Monday
against a Colorado team struggling mightily on the road this season.
The Avalanche have dropped 12 straight away from Pepsi Center.
Brunner snapped a 15-game goal drought to give Detroit a 3-0 lead midway
through the second period, but the Avalanche got third-period goals from Jamie
McGinn -- on a power play - and Matt Duchene to make things interesting down
Duchene's tally came with 1:18 to play and goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere
on the bench for an extra skater. Giguere had replaced starter Semyon Varlamov
after Brunner scored.
Defenseman Brendan Smith tried to flip the puck out of the Detroit zone, but
Duchene knocked it down and beat Howard with a backhander.
The Avalanche couldn't produce an equalizer with Giguere again stationed on
"It's really brutal and unacceptable," said Duchene about the road woes. "I
could keep throwing out adjectives here to describe it, but at the end of the
day it's just not good enough."
Detroit got on the board when Abdelkader batted a rebound out of the air with
4:03 remaining in the first period. Cleary potted a power-play goal 6:28 into
the middle frame to make it 2-0.
Varlamov stopped 10-of-13 shots, while Giguere made seven saves ... The Red
Wings played without captain Henrik Zetterberg (groin) and forward Mikael
Samuelsson (upper-body) ... Colorado placed forwards Paul Stastny (foot) and
Milan Hejduk (shoulder) on injured reserve Monday. In a corresponding move,
the club recalled forwards David Van Der Gulik and Brad Malone from Lake Erie
of the American Hockey League.
04/02 00:31:04 ET