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Red Wings 2, Avalanche 0

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:30 AM

Associated Press

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Red Wings 2, Avalanche 0
Colorado Avalanche 0, Detroit Red Wings 2

DETROIT (AP) -The Detroit Red Wings finally got a lucky bounce.

Henrik Zetterberg's 30th goal broke a scoreless tie with 2:20 left and Dominik Hasek made 15 saves for his 80th career shutout to lift Detroit to a 2-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

Kris Draper added an empty-netter with 13 seconds left for league-best Detroit, which won its sixth straight.

Peter Budaj stopped 34 shots for Colorado and there could have been many more. Red Wing players either misfired or the puck hopped over their sticks on prime scoring chances for almost the entire night.

"We knew we'd eventually score, even if we had to go to a shootout," Zetterberg said.

His goal came on he rebound attempted pass out in front as he came around the net. But the puck hit Budaj's stick and came back to Zetterberg, who fired it in.

"I think Homer (Tomas Holmstrom) was in front. So I just tried to throw the puck in front," he said. "I think it went off the goalie's stick. That's just what I was trying to do in that situation: Get the puck in front and get a rebound."

Despite giving up so many shots and scoring chances, the Avalanche didn't give the Red Wings much room.

Colorado is without three of its best offensive players: Captain Joe Sakic (hernia surgery), Ryan Smyth (ankle) and Paul Stastny (appendectomy). So they have no choice but to concentrate on defense.

"That was a very tough ending," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "To come that close to getting something and have it get away on a lucky bounce, we spoiled a very special night by our goaltender."

Budaj said his team put in a lot of effort.

"Even though we only had 15 shots, I thought we worked hard," he said. "And I'm disappointed we didn't get into overtime."

It was the second time in less than a month that the Avalanche were shut out in Detroit. Hasek got that one as well, 1-0 on Jan. 8.

"That's something you'd expect in the first round of the playoffs," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Both teams check, check, check. I thought Joel did a good job of managing his bench."

Andrew Brunette (15) tries to scoop the puck past Dominik Hasek in the first period. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)

An apparent goal by the Avalanche's Milan Hejduk with 8 seconds left in the second period was waved off because of incidental contact with Hasek by Colorado defenseman Scott Hannan.

"I didn't know exactly what happened in front of the net, but I know he was in the crease and interfering with me," Hasek said. "So I knew it was a good call."

Colorado didn't have a shot until T.J. Hensick forced Hasek to make a save 11:20 into the game.

Detroit had a 14-3 shot advantage in first period. The Avalanche had only one shot in the second period and it didn't come until 9:28. Detroit had nine shots in the second period.

"There was not too much action, especially in the first and second period," Hasek said. "But the game was 0-0 ... I knew if I mae one mistake, we could lose the game."

Notes: Detroit D Niklas Kronwall missed the game because of a shoulder injury. ... Colorado G Jose Theodore didn't play because of back spasms. ... Detroit D Brett Lebda returned after sitting out a game with a sore wrist.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
17:40
DET
Henrik Zetterberg (30) Snap shot - ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (45), Brian Rafalski (35)
1 - 0 DET
19:47
DET
EN - Kris Draper (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (46), Nicklas Lidstrom (44)
2 - 0 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
02:15
COL
Jeff Finger  Cross checking against  Daniel Cleary
02:43
COL
Peter Budaj  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
11:46
DET
Valtteri Filppula  Hooking against  John-Michael Liles
19:15
COL
Ian Laperriere  Interference against  Tomas Holmstrom
2nd Period
01:31
DET
Andreas Lilja  Cross checking against  Wojtek Wolski
03:54
COL
Cody McCormick  Roughing against  Aaron Downey
03:54
DET
Aaron Downey  Roughing against  Cody McCormick
16:57
COL
Ben Guite  Roughing against  Derek Meech
3rd Period
09:15
DET
Andreas Lilja  Hooking against  Cody McLeod
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 35TOI: 58:59
Saves: 34EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 2PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .971SH: 0 - 0
Dominik Hasek
SA: 15TOI: 60:00
Saves: 15EV: 14 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0