Late Surge Can't Stop the Avalanche
The Red Wings put forth a similar effort to their past two games against the Avalanche but lost by one again. The Avalanche's top forwards provided consistent offense scoring in each period. The Red Wings maintained little consistent pressure during the first two periods and were unable to catch Colorado with a strong surge in the third period.
Colorado came out firing and were up 2-0 before three minutes had ticked off the clock. Gabriel Landeskog scored from the low slot just 1:35 in off a pass from newly acquired Steve Downie. Downie who was part of the quasi-three way trade with Tampa Bay that sent Kyle Quincey to Detroit was a key factor for Colorado in the game.
Half a minute later Mark Olver went to the box for goaltender interference sending the Red Wings to the power play. Colorado was the team to capitalize during the power play when David Jones scored a shorthanded goal just over a minute after Landeskog's. Kyle Quincey was tripped by a fallen Kobasew and Jones grabbed the puck and fired it over Howard's shoulder. Holmstrom and Hudler took penalties later on in the first which Detroit kkilled off.
The second period was evenly matched with both teams firing ten shots on the opponent's goalie. Colorado was the only one to score, even though Detroit had two powerplays. Landeskog scored his second of the game at 13:35 from O'Reilly and Downie.
The Wings finally got on the board just 44 seconds in when Jiri Hudler scored on a power play that ran over from the first. The goal seemed to awaken Detroit and they applied more pressure than they had all game but were unable to put a second goal in. Steve Downie scored at 9:13 for his third point of the game to restore Colorado's 3 goal lead. Hudler and the Red Wings were not done and Jiri scored his second of the night and 20th of the season just four minutes later to bring Detroit within two. Only a minute and a half later at 14:53, Filppula was able to poke a puck past Giguere to lower the deficit to one and the game seemed salvageable. However, Detroit was unable to get the tying goal, ultimately losing their third straight and second straight at home.
Henrik Zetterberg assisted on all three Detroit goals. His line with Filppula and Hudler provided all of the offense, save an assist by Brad Stuart. Ryan Wilson and Justin Abdelkader fought midway through the third with Abby losing the fight on his birthday. The Red Wings have not won since Pavel Datsyuk has been out recovering from knee surgery and their offense has looked stagnant for most of the time. Jonathan Ericsson left the game during the second with an upper-body injury and did not return.
This was the last game for Detroit before the trade deadline and now attention will be turned to Ken Holland, Jim Nill and co. to see who if anyone Detroit will acquire before Monday evening. Both Holland and Mike Babcock have expressed a desire to just secure a forward for depth on the 4th line, but the Wings power play woes are evident.