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Trending: Wings disappointed to get just one point vs. Avalanche

Abdelkader, Athanasiou and Kronwall get goals; DeKeyser returns

by Dana Wakiji and Art Regner @Dwakiji and @ArthurJRegner /

DETROIT -- The Red Wings continued their home point streak but didn't look so great while doing so.

The Colorado Avalanche, playing in the second game of a back-to-back, scored twice in the third period to force overtime and then Nathan MacKinnon got the game-winner at 2:55 of overtime for a 4-3 victory over the Wings.

The Wings got goals from Justin Abdelkader, Andreas Athanasiou and Niklas Kronwall while Erik Johnson, Nail Yakupov and Carl Soderberg scored for Colorado in regulation.

The Wings are now 10-9-2 overall and 4-3-2 at home.

They have recorded a point in five straight home games (3-0-2).

1. Balanced scoring: Legendary Detroit coach Scotty Bowman has always said the key reason his Red Wings teams were so successful was they could play the game any way the opposition dictated and play it better. Whether it was a rough and tumble game or the Ice Capades, Bowman's Wings would always oblige. The Wings were tough, skilled and rolled four lines that could score. With his fourth goal on Sunday, Justin Abdelkader, has seven points (2-5-7) in his last six games. He also became the 10th Detroit player this season to score four or more goals, a feat that would rival Bowman's Wings. Make no mistake, that is not to imply the current Red Wings are on the verge of becoming perennial Stanley Cup contenders, but their balanced scoring is a step in the right direction of moving the team forward in their quest to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs, where anything can and usually does happen.

Quotable: "I think it's key for us being able to win. We're not going to win with one or two high-end guys, we're going to have to win as a team, I've said that lots. Certainly, we're going to need depth of scoring. I think Abby quietly has put together a heck of a start here and is on pace for a good year here. We're going to continue to need lots of guys to contribute." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill

2. Andreas Athanasiou: There's no doubt that when Andreas Athanasiou gets flying on a breakaway, there's going to be some excitement. Of course, it's less exciting when you're the goaltender facing him as Jonathan Bernier found out with 56.1 seconds left in the second period. Tomas Tatar sent the puck to Athanasiou heading up the middle and Athanasiou deked and put the puck past Bernier to give the Wings a 2-1 lead. It was Athanasiou's fifth goal in 11 games and fourth in his last four. He is tied for third on the team with Luke Glendening and Tomas Tatar.

Quotable: "You never want to give away points. Tonight was a good chance to get two points and we only came away with one. It's definitely a learning step for us." - Athanasiou

Quotable II: "We didn't play good enough from the start, so we got in my opinion one more point than we deserved. I thought they out-skated us the whole game. Eventually over the course of 60 minutes it caught up to us and they were able to tie it. It's magnified when you're up by two with that little time to play. You want to get it home and steal that game. We were in position to steal the game but in the end if you don't play well enough for 60 minutes you leave yourself subject to that and really we were lucky to get a point." - Blashill

3. Danny DeKeyser/Niklas Kronwall: Danny DeKeyser returned to the lineup after missing 17 games with a foot injury suffered blocking a shot Oct. 10 in Dallas. DeKeyser played 23 shifts for 16:23, had one hit, one blocked shot and finished minus-1. Niklas Kronwall scored his first goal of the season, a power-play blast from the high slot at 11:07 of the third period. His last goal came April 1, 2017 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. This was Kronwall's 813th game, moving him into a tie with Kjell Samuelsson for 10th place in all-time games played by a Swedish defenseman.

Quotable: "I thought DK played pretty good. He'd been off for a long time now. I think he'll keep getting better and better but I thought he played pretty good." - Blashill

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