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Richardson's OT goal gives Avs 4-3 win

Sunday, 03.4.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Richardson\'s OT goal gives Avs 4-3 win
By The Associated Press

DETROIT -- Scoring goals isn't usually Brad Richardson's biggest contribution, but he got a big one on Sunday.

His effort 2:41 into overtime lifted the Colorado Avalanche past the Red Wings, 4-3, the team's second win in their last 10 against Detroit.

Milan Hejduk had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Arnason and Brett McLean also scored for Colorado. Paul Stastny had two assists, and Peter Budaj made 31 saves.

"I think over the last 5-10 games, he's playing his best hockey of the season," Quenneville said of Richardson. "He's got good speed ... He's useful on the wing and at center killing penalties. His production is a little bit of a bonus the way he can play. One of the reasons why he's got 10 [goals] is he has a real sneaky shot."

Draper, who scored twice on Sunday, said, "You can't just expect to play 20 or 25 minutes of a hockey game and win."
Kris Draper had two goals, and Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Red Wings. Mathieu Schneider added two assists, and Chris Osgood stopped 23 shots.

Richardson poked in his own rebound just over the goal line after taking a pass from Wojtek Wolski on a 2-on-1.

"I backhanded it as hard as I could, but he [Osgood] made a great save," said Richardson. "It was just laying there and I poked it and it squeaked under him."

Wolski had stolen the puck from Schneider at the Avalanche blue line.

The Red Wings outshot the Avalanche 18-5 in the third period, tying the score twice.

Draper's first goal of the game tied it at 2 early in the third period. His second made it 3-3 with 1:27 left in regulation.

"You can't just expect to play 20 or 25 minutes of a hockey game and win," Draper said. "And that's what we did tonight."

Meanwhile, Colorado was determined to play better than it did the last time the Avalanche visited Detroit. They were outshot 41-12 in a 4-1 loss on Feb. 7.

"The last game here was just horrible. I remember we had like 12 shots and they had almost 50," Hejduk said. "So not our best. We said we had to come out hard and definitely we gave a better effort than we did the last time here. We had a decent first period."

McLean gave the Avalanche a 3-2 lead 8:41 into the third period when he took a pass from Hejduk, broke in and put a backhand shot past Osgood.

Hejduk opened the scoring with 9:05 left in the second period when he tipped in a pass from Stastny for his 25th goal. Arnason made it 2-0 with his 15th goal. He beat Osgood from the inside edge of the left circle with 5:56 left in the middle period.

Filppula put Detroit on the board with 57 seconds left in the second when he beat Budaj from the bottom of the left circle.

"If we'd have been playing all night long, the game wouldn't have been left out there," said Detroit coach Mike Babcock.

Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom was awarded a penalty shot with 9 seconds left in the first period after being pulled down on a breakaway by Brett Clark. Holmstrom made a couple of moves and went to his backhand, but Budaj stopped him.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89