Feb 25, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly (37) and right wing Steve Downie (right) celebrate the goal of left wing Gabriel Landeskog (not pictured) during the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at the Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

Avalanche Vs. Red Wings: Colorado Fends Off Detroit For 4th Win In A Row

Colorado continues their recent surge with a 4-3 win over a tough Red Wings team.

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Avalanche Vs. Red Wings Recap: Detroit Can't Come Back, Colorado Wins 4-3

The Colorado Avalanche (32-27-4, 68 pts) made it four in a row on Saturday night, putting away the Detroit Red Wings (41-19-3, 85 pts) for a 4-3 win.

G Jimmy Howard (23 saves, .852 SV% Saturday night) started in the net for the Red Wings, but he got overwhelmed quickly by the Avalanche offense. Only 1:35 into the game, LW Gabriel Landeskog blasted a 9-foot wrister for a 1-0 lead. A little over a minute later, despite a two minute interference penalty on C Mark Olver, the Avalanche fired a shorthanded goal past Howard as RW David Jones pushed the lead to 2-0.

In the second period, Landeskog scored another goal, and the defense fended of a Red Wings power play for a 3-0 Colorado lead. The Avs began the third period shorthanded and Detroit responded, getting on the scoreboard with a 28-foot LW Jiri Hudler goal. After a recently-acquired RW Steve Downie goal, Hudler scored his 20th goal of the season to put the game at 4-2.

A minute and a half later, C Valtteri Filppula fired a 9-foot wrister past G Jean-Sebastien Giguere (28 saves, .903 SV%) to put the game at 4-3, but the Colorado defense held strong, fighting off four more shots on goal to close out their 4-3 win.

The Avalanche will be back in action on Monday, taking on the Anaheim Ducks at 9:00 p.m. ET.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Red Wings blog Winging It In Motown.

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