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Avalanche/Red Wings Notebook

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Wings Avoid Season Sweep

Colorado came up short in its bid to sweep the season series from Detroit, but still ended up taking six of a possible eight points from the defending Stanley Cup champions in 2008-09.

-Milan Hejduk has a three-game point streak in the works (1g/3a) and has totaled 11 points (4g/7a) in his last nine outings.

-Defenseman Scott Hannan led all players with 24:26 of ice time.

-Colorado blocked 22 shots to the Red Wings’ 14. Brett Clark led all players with five blocks.

-T.J. Hensick and Brian Willsie were Colorado’s scratches tonight.

-The Wings played without Marian Hossa, who suffered an injury after sliding head-first into the end boards on Tuesday night in St. Louis.

-Tonight’s loss marked Colorado’s sixth in a row, tying the club record for the most consecutive defeats since the franchise moved to Denver.

Post-Game Video:
 
After a day filled to the brim with the uncertainty, excitement and anxiety that surrounds the NHL’s trade deadline, the Avalanche had to put all that aside and skate against the Detroit Red Wings tonight.

The Avs came into the game having won all three meetings between the teams this season and were attempting to sweep the season series for the first time since moving to Denver in 1995-96.

Instead, it was Detroit that came into Pepsi Center and headed back to Michigan with a 3-2 victory.

Detroit broke open a 1-1 tie with second period goals from Johan Franzen and Kris Draper. Milan Hejduk cut Colorado’s deficit in half with only 1:41 remaining in the game, but Detroit netminder Ty Conklin and the Wings held the Avs off the scoreboard down the stretch.

Offense From the Blue Line
The Avs lost an offensive-minded defenseman earlier in the day when they traded Jordan Leopold to Calgary in exchange for Lawrence Nycholat, Ryan Wilson and a second round draft pick. Fortunately, the club still had John-Michael Liles in the lineup, another blueliner who thrives in the offensive zone.

Liles opened the game’s scoring, notching his eighth tally of the season just 3:10 into the contest. After gathering a cross-ice pass from Hejduk, the defenseman patiently waited to find an opening before firing a shot past Conklin.

The Indianapolis native leads all Avalanche blueliners in goals, assists (22) and points (30).

Early Starts
While the Avalanche couldn’t extend its winning streak over Detroit to four games, one trend from the season series between the clubs continued. In each contest, Colorado jumped out to an early lead in the first period.

In their first match-up this season (Dec. 15), Wojtek Wolski tallied just 1:07 into the game while Paul Stastny added a goal at 4:34. On Dec. 27, Ruslan Salei notched a goal 5:32 into the first, while Ian Laperriere opened the scoring just 16 seconds into the Feb. 15 meeting. Liles’ tally just over three minutes into tonight’s opening frame helped to keep the trend alive.
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