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NHL - Avalanche 3, Red Wings 4

10:44 PM, Feb 25, 2012   |    comments
Justin Abdelkader of the Detroit Red Wings gets his glove in the face of Mark Olver of the Colorado Avalanche while Erik Johnson of the Colorado Avalanche looks on during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday. / Dave Sandford/Getty Images
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Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings started a new home streak against Colorado on Saturday: a losing one.

Standout rookie Gabriel Landeskog netted his 17th and 18th goals of the season, and linemate Steve Downie registered a goal and two assists in the Avalanche's 4-3 win.

Ryan O'Reilly, the centerman between Landeskog and Downie, picked up three helpers.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 28 saves for Colorado, which has won three in a row and improved to 6-2-1 in its last nine to stay in the thick of the race for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Jiri Hudler scored two of Detroit's three third-period goals.

Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots for the Red Wings, who have lost two straight at Joe Louis Arena and three consecutive games overall.

Detroit, of course, was riding an NHL-record 23-game home winning streak before losing in a shootout to Vancouver on Thursday.


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