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Colorado Avalanche 5, Detroit Red Wings 2 FINAL

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:28 AM

Associated Press

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Colorado Avalanche 5, Detroit Red Wings 2 FINAL
Colorado Avalanche 5, Detroit Red Wings 2

DETROIT (AP) _ Life without Patrick Roy has not been too hard on the Colorado Avalanche.

David Aebischer made 28 saves to lift the Avalanche to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Alex Tanguay scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period off a rebound, and Joe Sakic had a power-play goal midway through the third to put Colorado ahead 4-2.

Aebischer made two spectacular saves against Brett Hull in the third _ one just before Sakic's 23rd goal and another just after it.

On the first stop, he sprawled out several feet toward the right circle to get his stick on Hull's shot. On the other, Aebischer dove from the top of the crease to the left post and his stick deflected Hull's blast.

He said throwing his body and stick at the second shot was a desperate move to stop the puck.

``Luckily, it hit me,'' Aebischer said.

Red Wings coach Dave Lewis said it was the biggest save of the game.

``Brett had an open net,'' Lewis said.

Aebischer, drafted 161st overall in 1997 by Colorado, replaced Roy, who announced his retirement on May 28 after 19 record-setting seasons.

He is 25-11-7 this year _ with four shutouts. Aebischer started the season with 32 career victories.

``There is no one in the league playing better than David,'' Sakic said. ``Goaltending is the least of our worries.''

Colorado has lost just two games _ both in overtime, one to Detroit _ in their last 12 games.

The Avalanche moved four points ahead of Detroit in the Western Conference after earning a point in their 15th straight road game.

``We're just very confident on the road,'' Sakic said. ``We like playing at sea level. We can't breathe at home.''

Steve Yzerman and Jiri Fischer scored for the Red Wings, who saw a season-long six-game unbeaten streak end.

Detroit's Manny Legace made 25 saves in his first start since Curtis Joseph sprained his ankle. Joseph, who is expected to be out another week, was hurt in his first start after Dominik Hasek announced his season was over because of a groin injury.

``It's nothing different,'' Legace insisted. ``It doesn't matter if (Joseph) is on the bench, or in the stands.''

The Red Wings had killed 14 straight penalties before playing Colorado, which scored on two of six opportunities with an extra man. Detroit was 1-of-4 on the power play.

When the Red Wings won 3-2 in overtime on Feb. 5 at Colorado, they scored two power-play goals and stopped all five of the Avalanche's power plays.

``The first two games we've played, special teams have been the difference,'' Lewis said.

Teemu Selanne's power-play goal tied the game at 1 midway through the second period, after Yzerman scored his 16th goal in the first.

Fischer's goal, his first since the season opener, put the Red Wings ahead late in the second period. Karlis Skrastins tied the game at 2 with 27.8 seconds left in the second, a goal Legace said was deflating.

``Then they really took it to us in the third,'' Legace said.

After Tanguay and Sakic scored to give Colorado the cushion it needed, Peter Forsberg added an empty-net goal in the final minute for his 28th point in 17 games.

``It's always a big win when you beat Detroit,'' Sakic said.

scoring summary
1st Period
18:44
DET
PPG - Steve Yzerman (16) Snap shot - ASST: Brendan Shanahan (23), Nicklas Lidstrom (23)
1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
12:54
COL
PPG - Teemu Selanne (14) Tip-in - ASST: Joe Sakic (39), Peter Forsberg (30)
1 - 1 Tie
17:04
DET
Jiri Fischer (2) Snap shot - ASST: Ray Whitney (19), Pavel Datsyuk (31)
2 - 1 DET
19:32
COL
Karlis Skrastins (4) Slapshot - ASST: Steve Konowalchuk (14)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
02:42
COL
Alex Tanguay (21) Snap shot - ASST: John-Michael Liles (13), Peter Forsberg (31)
3 - 2 COL
10:04
COL
PPG - Joe Sakic (23) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Kariya (12), Steve Konowalchuk (15)
4 - 2 COL
19:23
COL
EN - Peter Forsberg (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Tanguay (44), Milan Hejduk (29)
5 - 2 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
03:22
COL
Alex Tanguay  Tripping against  Jiri Fischer
10:35
DET
Jamie Rivers  Cross checking against  Steve Konowalchuk
14:07
COL
Jim Cummins  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Steve Thomas
14:07
DET
Steve Thomas  Roughing against  Jim Cummins
17:39
COL
Peter Worrell  Interference - Obstruction against  Tomas Holmstrom
2nd Period
02:33
DET
Kris Draper  Interference - Obstruction against  Alex Tanguay
06:33
COL
Jim Cummins  Cross checking against  Jiri Fischer
12:15
DET
Ray Whitney  Holding the stick against  Paul Kariya
3rd Period
05:30
DET
Jason Woolley  Slashing against  Teemu Selanne
08:32
DET
Pavel Datsyuk  Hi-sticking against  Joe Sakic
13:08
COL
Cody McCormick  Holding against  Steve Yzerman
16:11
DET
Mathieu Schneider  Slashing against  Joe Sakic
goalie stats
David Aebischer
David Aebischer
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .933SH: 1 - 1
Manny Legace
SA: 29TOI: 59:17
Saves: 25EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .862SH: 0 - 0

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