In a game in which the Detroit Red Wings out shot the Colorado Avalanche 49-23, goalie Craig Anderson stood tall for the Avalanche. Anderson's 48 stops kept the door ajar for his teammates to put two pucks past Jimmy Howard who was starting only his second game of the season.The insurance empty net goal sealed the win for the Avalanche and guaranteed at least a season split with the Red Wings.
The first goal of the game came came at 3:09 of the second period as Kris Draper put a backhand past Anderson for his second goal of the year. Dan Cleary fired the puck on net and Draper put the rebound past Anderson for a 1-0 Detroit lead. T.J. Galiardi tied the game at 14:26 with his first goal of the year, also a backhand shot, past Howard.
Chris Stewart broke the tie at 9:20 of the 3rd period with a shot off the post for a 2-1 Avalanche lead. Stewart's shot was not particularly fast but Howard's read on the puck put him out of position and it beat him stick side. Paul Stastny added the empty net goal at 19:00 to secure the win for the Avalanche, their second of the year over the Red Wings and their 8th overall. Detroit falls to 3-4-2 with the effort and starts the five game road trip with two consecutive losses.
Detroit's power play struggled, going 0 for 7 against a very talented penalty kill group from Colorado. Those power plays include four opportunities with under ten minutes of play remaining in the third period. Colorado was able to shut down the Detroit offense that is still struggling to find its identity while capitalizing on the few chances that they had.
Anderson was the star of the show with his great performance in net, garnering his 8th win of the season and dropping his already stellar goals against average. Anderson was in position all night long and was the best penalty killer for the Avalanche. Jimmy Howard player well for the Red Wings tonight, only his second start of the season but the few times he was out of position proved costly in the loss.
Detroit's next game is on Tuesday, October 27th against the Vancouver Canucks.
MrNorrisTrophy's Wing of the game: Kris Draper. Draper scored the lone Detroit goal tonight and had one of the few quality chances of the night and was able to convert on it. A close second would be Henrik Zetterberg with 5 shots on goal and 60% of his faceoffs won.