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Detroit at Colorado

Avs G Budaj shuts out Wings in SO, Wolski scores winning goal

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DENVER -- Wojtek Wolski thought about unveiling a dazzling new move for the shootout, just to become more unpredictable.

Why mess with a good thing, though?

Wolski scored the lone goal in the shootout on a nifty move, and Peter Budaj stopped all three shots in the tiebreaker, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Wolski is 6-for-7 in shootouts this season.

This move, though, is a goalie's nightmare. With his long reach and lengthy stick, he acts as if he's going far to the right, only to pull it back left. Ty Conklin was sprawled out on the ice as Wolski effortlessly guided the puck into the net to help the Avalanche improve to 7-1 in shootouts this season.

"That's one I've kind of used a couple of times -- I usually try to do it on goalies I haven't seen," he said. "I tried to stick to the basics, go with a move that I'm comfortable with and has worked in the past."

Conklin certainly thought it was a good move, frozen by his juke.

"I was looking for him to go across the net and he didn't," said Conklin, who made 29 saves as he started in net for the fifth straight game with Chris Osgood mending a strained groin.

Budaj turned back Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler to finish off a frenzied night in net. He stopped 41 goals, some of the splendid variety.

Like turning back Hudler late in regulation when the Detroit left winger had the puck near the goal crease. Budaj slid over and thwarted the shot.

"I was able to see the puck pretty good today," Budaj said.

Ruslan Salei, Ryan Smyth and John-Michael Liles scored power-play goals to stake Colorado to a 3-0 lead after the opening period.

Only Detroit stormed back as Datsyuk, Tomas Holmstrom and Johan Franzen scored in the second period to tie the game.

They also dominated the third period, but couldn't sneak anything past Budaj as they lost for the second straight night.

"We battled back and fought all the way through," Zetterberg said.

The Avalanche's three power-play goals in the first tied a franchise record for a period, the 11th time they've equaled the mark.

Despite the lead, Avalanche coach Tony Granato was wary.

"You knew it was going to be an entertaining game, you knew they were going to be able to make plays," Granato said. "It would have been nice to get it done in regulation, but we feel pretty happy with the way the game was played."

The Avalanche found some offensive firepower -- at least for a period -- despite injuries to leading scorer Paul Stastny (fractured arm) and captain Joe Sakic (back and hand). Stastny broke his right forearm in a 5-4 overtime win against Phoenix on Tuesday night and is out indefinitely.

Sakic will be sidelined for at least three months after undergoing surgery to repair three broken fingers and tendon damage following a snow blower accident.

"We're disappointed they are out, but we'll try our best to win games and stay in the playoff hunt," Wolski said.

Budaj certainly stepped up big, especially in the shootout.

Although, he felt fortunate that Datsyuk's shot clanged off the post and bounced away.

"He beat me, but he didn't beat the post," he said.

Budaj wasn't expecting to see Hudler take the final attempt in the shootout, figuring it would be Marian Hossa.

"That was a big adjustment for me," he said.

Hudler went with a wrist shot that Budaj stopped with his chest as the Avalanche won at home for the sixth time in seven games.

"Budaj kept us in there," Smyth said.

Just long enough for Wolski to work his stick magic in the shootout.

"Goalies are starting to look at what I'm doing, and every time I do (a shootout attempt), it gets harder," Wolski said.

Right now, though, he's making it look easy.

Notes

  • The Red Wings were without captain Nicklas Lidstrom after he took a puck off his ankle in the second period in a loss in Nashville on Friday.
  • Avalanche RW Marek Svatos was back in the lineup after missing six games with a back ailment.
  • Detroit falls to 4-1 in shootouts.
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Pavel Datsyuk, who misses wide, is the first to be denied by Peter Budaj in the shootout. (Getty Images)
Pavel Datsyuk, who misses wide, is the first to be denied by Peter Budaj in the shootout. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Detroit (23-7-5)03000 (0)3
Colorado  (18-16-1) «30001 (1)4
Three Stars
T. Holmstrom
DET


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
R. Smyth
COL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
P. Budaj
COL


Saves: 41
Save Pct.: .932
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:32Power Play - Ruslan Salei (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jones, Tucker
10:05Power Play - Ryan Smyth (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hejduk, Liles
14:17Power Play - John-Michael Liles (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Smyth
2ND PERIOD
14:06Power Play - Pavel Datsyuk (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Holmstrom, Samuelsson
15:38Power Play - Tomas Holmstrom (11), Tip-In. Assist: Samuelsson, Kronwall
18:03Johan Franzen (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Rafalski, Holmstrom
3RD PERIOD
None
OT
None
SHOOTOUT
 Wojtek Wolski (6), GOAL
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:30Chelios, 2 min, Holding
08:45Kopecky, 2 min, Interference
14:11Kronwall, 2 min, Interference
2ND PERIOD
01:33Lilja, 2 min, High-Sticking
03:23Salei, 2 min, Slashing
06:18Filppula, 2 min, Hooking
12:31Liles, 2 min, Hooking
10:50Hossa, 2 min, Tripping
15:09Foote, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
47.0Foote, 2 min, Slashing
03:29Salei, 2 min, High-Sticking
OT
None
SHOOTOUT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Detroit10171441
Colorado1312631
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGASO SSO GA
Ty Conklin 64:5729331
Peter Budaj 65:0041330
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Detroit2-for-5
Colorado3-for-6
Game Information
Attendance - 18007
Referees - Dennis LaRue, Brad Watson
Linesmen - Don Henderson, Brad Lazarowich
 
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Bos 4 Final
Car 2
Ana 3 Final
OT
Dal 4
NJ 4 Final
NYR 2
Mon 3 Final
Pitt 2
Phi 0 Final
Colu 3
LA 4 Final
Pho 0
SJ 2 Final
StL 3
Fla 4 Final
TB 6
Ott 3 Final
Cal 6
NYI 3 Final
Buf 4