Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Rookie Nathan MacKinnon set up Andre Benoit
for the game-winning goal with 31.4 seconds left in overtime as the Colorado
Avalanche edged Detroit, 3-2, on a night former defenseman Nicklas Lindstrom
was immortalized by the Red Wings.
Benoit was alone in the left circle and one-timed MacKinnon's pass from the
right side of the net high over Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard.
"When you give a player like MacKinnon that much time, he's gonna find the
open man," said Howard, who stopped 22 shots.
The assist gave MacKinnon a point in 13 consecutive games, passing Wayne
Gretzky for the longest point streak by an 18-year-old. Gretzky went 12
straight games with a point from Dec. 9, 1979-Jan. 5, 1980.
Matt Duchene had a goal and assisted on P.A. Parenteau's tying goal in the
third period for Colorado, which has won four games in a row and snapped a
four-game losing streak to the Red Wings.
"I think (the Red Wings) wanted to win this game for Lidstrom and I thought
they did a lot of good things out there," Colorado head coach Patrick Roy
said. "We found a way to win this hockey game."
The Avalanche are third in the Central Division, one point back of second-
place Chicago and three behind St. Louis for first.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned away 35 Detroit shots.
Niklas Kronwall and Tomas Jurco scored for Detroit, which lost its second
straight game on the night Lindstrom's No. 5 was raised to the rafters during
a lavish pre-game ceremony.
Parenteau pulled the visitors even at 2-2. Duchene worked hard behind the
Detroit net to protect the puck from Johan Franzen and he eventually got it
out front to Parenteau, who backhanded the puck home at the 5:49 mark.
Kronwall gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead, roofing a backhander from the bottom
of the right circle on the short side of Giguere and inside the near post at
12:33 of the first period.
Duchene tied things at midway through the second period. He collected a carom
off the end boards in the slot and put in a shot off Franzen's right skate at
Colorado defenseman Nick Holden was called for tripping on the next shift,
curbing his team's momentum.
Detroit quickly reclaimed the lead on the ensuing power play as Jurco scored
from the doorstep at 12:10.
Lidstrom's number is the seventh retired by the Red Wings, joining Terry
Sawchuk (1), Ted Lindsay (7), Gordie Howe (9), Alex Delvecchio (10), Sid Abel
(12) and Steve Yzerman (19) ... MacKinnon has five goals and 13 assists during
his streak ... The Avalanche improved to 5-14-2 when trailing after two
periods this season.
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