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Red Wings' skid hits six with loss to Avalanche

by Paul Harris

DETROIT -- The Colorado Avalanche didn't panic, and it paid off.

Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene and Jarome Iginla scored in a nine-round shootout to give the Avalanche a 2-1 come-from-behind win against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday.

Colorado (12-13-8) fought through even more adversity because it was the second of back-to-back games; the Avalanche beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 Saturday in Buffalo.

"Defensively, even if we gave up 30 shots, it was back-to-back games," Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. "I thought, under the circumstances, we performed pretty well."

Erik Johnson scored for Colorado, and goalie Calvin Pickard made 34 saves through overtime.

"It was fun. It's a great place to play. A pretty good defensive match for a while," Pickard said. "It was a pretty exciting shootout. It's nice to be on the winning end of it. I just wanted to be patient. They have a lot of guys with good hands and high-end skill."

Iginla scored the shootout winner. He skated in and scored after Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek had stopped six in a row.

"No one had really shot. I just wanted to come in and pick a spot," Iginla said.

It was Detroit's sixth consecutive loss. Pavel Datsyuk scored for the Red Wings (17-8-9), who fell to 1-7 in shootouts this season. Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar scored in the shootout. Mrazek made 22 saves.

Detroit has six goals during the six-game losing streak (0-2-4).

"We're obviously not scoring very good right now. In the end their goalie was good and we didn't finish," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We need to find a way to score goals. We had lots of opportunities and didn't finish. They found a way to ride good goaltending and hang in there until they could find a way to get a goal and get the extra point. We need to find a way to get the second point. Two adds up better than one."

Johnson's power-play goal tied it with 4:15 left in the third period on a one-timer from the top of the left circle. It came 10 seconds after Tomas Jurco went off for interference in the offensive zone.

Datsyuk scored the game's first goal 4:52 into the third period. On a power play, Datsyuk beat Pickard with a wrist shot from the high inside area of the right circle, after taking a cross slot pass from center Riley Sheahan. It was Datsyuk's 13th goal and the Red Wings' first in 95:03.

The goal came 42 seconds after Avalanche defenseman Nate Guenin went off for tripping.

Detroit had several opportunities to make it a two-goal lead in the following minutes, but couldn't beat Pickard again.

"I had to keep it at one, because it's tough to come back from two goals," Pickard said.

Pickard stopped defenseman Niklas Kronwall's tip attempt from the bottom of the left circle 1:33 into the third period. It came off a spinning blind pass from Datsyuk from inside the blue line.

"Early in the third period, they certainly had a better start to the period," Roy said. "[Pickard] without a doubt, the first part of the third period was the star for us."

Pickard stopped Tatar from the slot after the latter pulled up on the rush with 5:25 remaining in the second period.

"Well, I think we created 35 shots. There's a lot of chances that we thought the puck was going in but he came up and made the saves," Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "We're just going through a little adversity here, we're doing a lot of good things. Stick with it, stick together and be positive."

Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith was cut on his lip after a puck deflected up off his stick and Iginla's stick midway through the second.

The Avalanche killed off a four-minute shorthanded situation that began in the first period and ended 34 seconds into the second. It was the result of Maxime Talbot's high stick to Kronwall's face.

Pickard made an outstanding glove save on Datsyuk's wrist shot from the upper inside edge of the right circle late in the first period during a power play. The shot appeared headed for the short-side corner up high.

Detroit outshot Colorado 10-5 in the first period.

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