Richardson’s winner beats Wings in OT
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.”
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.
Notes: Colorado D Karlis Skrastins missed his fourth game with a knee injury. … Detroit C Henrik Zetterberg missed his third game with a sore back and forward Dan Cleary missed his fourth contest with a knee injury. … The missed penalty shot was the Red Wings’ 10th straight. Their last goal on a penalty shot came in 1995-96 by Igor Larionov. … Detroit D Chris Chelios became the third oldest (45 years and 38 days) to play in a NHL game. He passed Johnny Bower. Only Gordie Howe (52) and Moe Roberts (45 years, 11 months, and 25 days) were older. … Stastny extended his points streak to 15 games (8-14-22).
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