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10 Stadium Series moments to remember

Salute to alumni, Nyquist goal among weekend highlights

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche ended up splitting a pair of unique weekend rivalry games. Only one of them mattered, but try telling that to the 93,414 fans who walked through the gates of Coors Field on Friday and Saturday.

Former Avalanche Stanley Cup champions from 1996 and 2001 wowed the crowd of 43,319 Friday night in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game with a 5-2 win against their former hated rivals from Detroit. 

The current Red Wings got their revenge, and two important points, with a 5-3 win against the current Avalanche in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game in front of 50,095 on Saturday. 

The weekend, featuring the rekindling of an old rivalry and an important regular-season game between Stanley Cup Playoff contenders from opposing conferences, featured several moments that will live in the minds of the fans, players, coaches and employees from Colorado and Detroit. 

Here are 10 that stand out, listed in chronological order: 

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Avalanche lose Stadium Series game on last-minute goal

Defeated after leading to start third period for sixth time

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

Richards' go-ahead goal in 3rd

DET@COL: Richards puts Red Wings on top late in 3rd

2/27/16: Brad Richards collects the rebound that deflects over Semyon Varlamov to give the Red Wings a 4-3 lead with 1:00 left in regulation

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DENVER -- At the very least, the Colorado Avalanche thought they were headed to overtime when Alex Tanguay scored with 6:18 remaining in the third period to tie the Detroit Red Wings 3-3 in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game before 50,095 at Coors Field on Saturday.

Tanguay, who had gone 14 games without a goal, pumped his arm to celebrate his fourth goal of the season, which came 14 seconds after Justin Abdelkader scored to give the Red Wings a 3-2 lead.

But the Avalanche let overtime and at least one valuable point slip away.

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Nyquist shocks Avalanche with 'amazing shot'

No-look backhand goal in third period sparks Red Wings

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

Nyquist's no-look goal ties game

DET@COL: Nyquist backhands no-look shot to tie game

2/27/16: Gustav Nyquist fires a no-look backhander past Semyon Varlamov and into the top corner, tying the game at 2 early in the 3rd

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DENVER -- Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist took everybody by surprise with his goal Saturday at the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at sold-out Coors Field.

"Everyone was scratching their head and wondering how that went in," Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader said after the Red Wings' 5-3 victory against the Colorado Avalanche. "Even the [referee] had a delayed reaction; [he] didn't realize it went. Just a great heads-up play, a great shot. A backhander that went top-shelf."

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Richards goal lifts Red Wings past Avalanche

Outdoor-game veteran breaks tie with 1:00 left in third period

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

DENVER -- High winds and fake snow squalls that created a unique cotton blizzard didn't taint a big hockey night in the Mile High City. The Detroit Red Wings did that instead.

Brad Richards, playing in his fifth NHL outdoor game, scored with 1:00 left to break a tie and help the Detroit Red Wings defeat the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 in front of 50,095 at Coors Field in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game Saturday.

Richards came in from the side, got the rebound of Niklas Kronwall's shot and managed to chip the puck up, off and over Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov for his seventh goal of the season to give Detroit a 4-3 lead.

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Barrie enjoyed weekend, except for last-minute loss

Avalanche defenseman 'will never forget' outdoor game

by Tyson Barrie / Special to NHL.com

Barrie on atmosphere, goal

DET@COL: Barrie discusses playing outdoors, goal

2/27/16: Tyson Barrie talks about the Stadium Series atmosphere and his goal in the 1st period during the intermission break

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Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie, who played in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field in Denver on Saturday, kept a diary of his experiences for NHL.com this weekend. This is his final installment, which focuses on the game, which the Avalanche lost 5-3.

That was frustrating. It was a great event, and everyone enjoyed it, but the result kind of puts a damper on things. With one minute left, that was tough to give up the winning goal. But overall it was a great experience and everyone enjoyed it. All the families enjoyed it and it was sure cool to be outdoors and playing.

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Nyquist scores on no-look backhand

Red Wings forward tied Stadium Series game with goal

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Nyquist's no-look goal ties game

DET@COL: Nyquist backhands no-look shot to tie game

2/27/16: Gustav Nyquist fires a no-look backhander past Semyon Varlamov and into the top corner, tying the game at 2 early in the 3rd

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Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist lit up the 2016 Coors Light Stadium Series game against the Colorado Avalanche at Coors Field on Saturday when he scored on a no-look backhand in the third period.

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Coach's Challenge: DET @ COL - 14:38 of the First Period

Original call stands - good goal Avalanche

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Situation Room: DET vs. COL

Situation Room: Barrie's goal stands after challenge

2/27/16: The Red Wings challenge goaltender interference on Tyson Barrie's goal at 14:38 of the 1st, and the call stands as a good goal

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At 14:38 of the first period in the Red Wings/Avalanche game, Detroit requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether Carl Soderberg interfered with goaltender Petr Mrazek before the puck crossed the goal line. 

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line.

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Pregame atmosphere at Stadium Series is super

Avalanche, Red Wings fans ready for big night

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- The scene outside Coors Field on Saturday was abuzz with energy as hockey fans wearing NHL jerseys and caps took part in a number of family-friendly interactive games and attractions while listening to live music.

Spectator Plaza on Blake Street, a two-day hockey-themed festival, was free to fans as part of the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings.

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Duchene skates for a great cause and brave girl

Avalanche forward raising money, awareness to fight pediatric cancer

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

DENVER -- Erin Anderson calls it a "force of the universe," because she really has no other explanation for how her 5-year-old daughter Haven and Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene became close friends.

"She truly loves him," Anderson said.

Duchene feels the same way about Haven, whom he met at a Hockey Fights Cancer skating event early in the 2014-15 season.

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Grahame family hockey royalty in Denver

Dad, mom and two sons have strong ties to game

by Bill Price @billpricenhl / NHL.com Editor in Chief

DENVER - Ron Grahame has heard the honorable nickname given to him, his wife and their two sons, but he's not so sure he agrees with it. It's not surprising the patriarch of what many call "The First Family of Denver Hockey" feels that way, because the 65-year-old former University of Denver goalie exudes class, grace and most of all humility.

"We don't look at ourselves that way," Grahame said this week as the hockey world focused its eyes on the Mile High City and the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game Saturday between the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field (8 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports 2). "We are just thankful for the opportunity that we had. The game has been very good to us and I think we've contributed to the game."

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