To use a tired adage, the Avalanche threw everything but the kitchen sink at goaltender Chris Osgood during Monday night’s tilt against the Detroit Red Wings.
On second thought, they might have included the kitchen sink during a second-period flurry.
The Avalanche peppered Osgood early and often, outshooting the Red Wings by a 16-9 margin in the opening frame and scoring on two of their first five shots. That was far from the Avs’ most impressive work in the offensive zone Monday evening, as Colorado set a season-high for shots on goal during a period by firing 23 attempts on net during the middle frame. However, Detroit’s 38-year-old netminder made a dazzling array of stops and turned aside each and every shot during the middle stanza.
As a point of reference, Colorado’s previous season-high for shots in a period was 20, set during the third period on Nov. 6 vs. Dallas and later matched during the middle frame of a Nov. 27 game against Minnesota. The Avalanche scored on two of those 20 attempts against the Stars, while connecting on four tries during the aforementioned second period against the Wild.
At one point during the second-period chaos, Osgood was inadvertently aided by Avalanche forward Tomas Fleischmann. Near the end of a Colorado power play, Ryan Wilson
found Paul Stastny
on the doorstep with a nice cross-crease pass. Stastny, stationed just outside the crease to the left of Osgood, had a seemingly open net, but Fleischmann had just cut toward the goal himself and accidently got in front of Stastny’s attempt.
Colorado finally solved Osgood in the third period when Matt Duchene
netted his second of the evening with 2:36 remaining in regulation, but Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall sealed the win for Osgood and the Red Wings with an overtime goal, giving the former his 400th career victory in grand fashion.
He became just the fourth goaltender in NHL history to reach the 400-win plateau, tying his career-high with 46 saves and frustrating the Avs in the process.
“It’s an upsetting game and 49 shots on net just shows how good we were playing. Sometimes that’s the way it goes; you deserve to win and you don’t get it," said T.J. Galiardi. “We knew they would be tired at the end of Christmas break and playing last night in Minnesota. I think they played their style and got all of their goals on the power play. We just have to stay out of the box against teams like that.”Face Time
Two players – one from each team – were banged up during the game after taking pucks to the face.
Detroit forward Tomas Holmstrom was struck during the first period after Peter Budaj’s clearing attempt wrapped around the boards and took a funny bounce just before it got to him. Holmstrom left a small trail of blood on the ice and wasn’t on the bench to begin the second period, but returned later in the middle frame sporting a gash on the bridge of his nose.
During the second period, it was Avalanche defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk who left a bloody spot on the ice. The rookie was drilled in the face by a Kris Draper shot with 1:54 remaining in the middle frame. Shattenkirk was jostling for position with Detroit’s Patrick Eaves just outside the Avalanche crease when Draper swooped into the lower left circle and fired off a shot that was redirected and hit Shattenkirk in the forehead.
Shattenkirk returned to the game in the third period.Hejduk, McLeod Return
The Avalanche’s front line was bolstered tonight by the returns of Milan Hejduk
and Cody McLeod
from groin injuries.
Hejduk, who was injured on Dec. 10 in Atlanta, saw 22:24 of ice time in his return and recorded an assist on Duchene’s goal in the first period to give him 32 points (11g/21a) in 29 games. The veteran held a +1 rating on the evening and had one shot on goal and two takeaways.
McLeod had missed the Avalanche’s past three games after injuring his groin on Dec. 17 against the Ottawa Senators. The winger played 5:48 in his return and recorded two shots and two hits.
With Hejduk and McLeod back, forwards David Koci and Brandon Yip were healthy scratches for Colorado, along with defenseman Jonas Holos
.Game NotesPaul Stastny
celebrated his 25th birthday tonight…Detroit played the game without forwards Pavel Datsyuk, Danny Cleary and Mike Modano, as well as defenseman Brian Rafalski, all of whom are injured… Budaj made his first start since Dec. 4 at Tampa Bay...Galiardi played in his 100th NHL game tonight and scored his sixth goal of the season during the opening period.