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Avs claim shootout win in Detroit

Thursday, 09.21.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Avs claim shootout win in Detroit
DETROIT _ The Red Wings got a glimpse of the future Thursday night in the team's pre-season home opener at Joe Louis Arena.

Rookie goalie Joey MacDonald thrilled the Detroit fans with a spectacular effort that pushed the game into a deciding shootout against Colorado. Unfortunately for the Wings, it was the Avalanche that claimed a 3-2 win when they outscored the Wings, 2-1, in the shootout.

Avs rookie Paul Stastny, the son of former great Peter Stastny, slipped the deciding goal between MacDonald's legs.

The Wings were fortunate to reach the shootout. That's because Colorado entered the overtime period with 1:35 left in a one man-advantage. Moments into the extra session, the Wings found themselves down two skaters for more than a minute when Niklas Kronwell was assessed a hooking penalty. But MacDonald bailed the team out by making several key saves from close range.

"I thought Osgood and MacDonald played great in net," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "It was nice to see. I thought we didn't skate tonight. We were always stopping. We were in the box a lot and I just thought they had a younger line-up and they played like they had a younger line-up."

Power-play goals had been the story through the first 40-minutes. Nicklas Lidstrom struck first with a power-play goal in the first period. With plenty of traffic, provided by Tomas Holmstrom and Robert Lang, in front of the Colorado net, Lidstrom whistled a slap shot from the blue line past goalie Jose Theodore for a 1-0 lead. Lidstrom's goal came on the Wings' second power-play opportunity of the period. Holmstrom and Jiri Hudler assisted on the goal at 15:56.

Wings goalie Chris Osgood was spectacular, holding the Avalanche off the board, turning away all 10 Colorado shots in the period. Osgood, who was replaced by rookie Joey MacDonald between the pipes in the third period, finished with 22 saves.

But Colorado knotted the score midway through the second period. With a man-advantage, Colorado's Mark Rycroft beat Osgood by lifting a shot into the top of the net, at 10:09 of the period.

The teams exchanged even-strength goals early in the third period. Hudler scored his first goal of the pre-season giving the Wings a 2-1 advantage. Parked to the side of the Avs net, he picked up a loose puck and buried it in the back of the net.

Colorado tied the game for the second time when center Brett McLean stole the puck near the blue line, skated in unopposed, and sent a wrist shot over MacDonald's glove hand at 7:24 of the third.

With 4:31 in regulation, Lidstrom was frustrated when he missed on a power-play chance, firing a wrist shot from the slot into the chest of rookie goalie Tyler Weiman.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59