But two goals from Cody McLeod gave the Avalanche life, and put the game into a shootout. There, Ville Leino missed on the third shot to give the Avalanche a 4-3 win at Joe Louis Arena.
With Pavel Datsyuk out for the second straight night with an upper-body injury, the Wings got off to a strong start. Justin Abdelkader scored his first regular-season NHL goal early off of Darren Helm. The Wings extended that lead just 1:16 into the second period, when Todd Bertuzzi took advantage of a Matt Hendricks hooking penalty and fought off Adam Foote in front of the net, taking a Henrik Zetterberg pass and put it past Craig Anderson to make it 2-0 entering the third.
But Cody McLeod lit the lamp at 9:06 on a pretty shot through Chris Osgood's five-hole. Three minutes later, Matt Duchene scored the first goal of his NHL career when he put a 40-footer just past Osgood on the far side. The game was tied, and the Red Wings seemed to fall into a rut. Fortunately for them, less than two minutes after that, Valtteri Filppula takes advantage of a scrum in front of the net, finds the puck, and puts it into a wide-open net to give Detroit the lead back.
But McLeod wasn't done. With 2:32 left in regulation, the Red Wings were caught on a line change. Taking advantage, the Avs pushed the puck off the boards, and McLeod put it past Osgood to tie things up at three.
After both teams couldn't take advantage in overtime, Marek Svatos and Milan Hejduk each put backhanders past Chris Osgood. Zetterberg tried to go right but instead went into Anderson's left pad. Finally, Ville Leino's weak backhander was easily blocked by Anderson to give Colorado the win.
The Avalanche continued an interesting streak: they have been outshot in all eight of their games, but have managed to win seven of them. Detroit had a 31-29 shot advantage.
The Red Wings are off until Thursday, when they begin a five-game, west-coast road trip, starting with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Player Of The Game: Todd Bertuzzi. He gets his first goal as a Red Wings on four shots and a hit. He looked sharp thoughout the game, and seems to be finally settling into his role with the Red Wings