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Budaj stops 27; Avs end skid vs. Wings

Saturday, 01.20.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Budaj stops 27; Avs end skid vs. Wings
By The Associated Press

DENVER -- Peter Budaj made 27 saves and Andrew Brunette scored the go-ahead goal
Andrew Brunette fights Red Wings' Kris Draper for the puck behind Detroit's net. Brunette scored the game-winner at 9:52 of the third period.
midway through the third period, helping the Colorado Avalanche end a seven-game losing streak against the Red Wings with a 3-1 victory Saturday.

Ian Laperriere scored his first goal in 36 games in the first period and Joe Sakic added an empty-net goal in the closing seconds to give Colorado its sixth win in nine games. The Avalanche put plenty of pressure on Detroit goalie Joey MacDonald, firing 31 shots at the rookie for just their fourth win in 17 games against Detroit.

Valtteri Filppula scored the only goal for the Wings, who have followed a five-game winnning streak with losses to Columbus and Colorado on consecutive nights.

MacDonald was called up on Friday after Chris Osgood, Dominik Hasek's backup, came down with the flu and the rookie looked a bit like the Dominator in his fourth career start, flipping and flopping around the crease for 29 saves.

MacDonald made some tough saves during a Colorado power play midway through the third, but a shot by Brett Clark from the left faceoff dot popped in the air and Paul Stastny made a nice play to poke it to Brunette, who punched it in for his 17th of the season.

Budaj, making his 11th straight start, made some big saves early after Colorado came out flat and had spectacular stops throughout, including one while doing the splits to get a skate on a close-range shot from Niklas Lidstrom late in the first period.

These two rivals played the first game in Denver after the Avalanche moved from Quebec in 1995, so it was fitting they were on the ice again for the 500th sellout in Colorado history.

The rivalry has lost some of its luster in recent years, but the milestone seemed to liven the crowd up a bit.

It didn't help Colorado early. The Avalanche got off to a sluggish start, spending most of the first five minutes in their own zone, before turning it on with a flurry of shots in a two-minute span midway through the first.

Laperriere broke through at 10:15 of the first, flipping a shot past MacDonald from his knees for his second goal of the season - first since Oct. 29 against Minnesota. MacDonald stopped the initial shot from Karlis Skrastins, got his stick on Laperriere's diving attempt on the rebound, but ended up on his back, giving Laperriere enough room to lift the puck over his stick.

Filppula tied it late in the first thanks to a turnover by Clark.

Trying to connect with Sakic on a long pass out of the zone, Clark instead put the puck on the tape of Jason Williams, who skated into Colorado's zone and fired a shot from near the blue line. Budaj got that shot and the rebound attempt by Johan Franzen, but the puck trickled through to the crease for an easy putaway for Filppula's fifth of the year.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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