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Avalanche 3, Red Wings 2 (OT)

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DETROIT - Defenseman Andre Benoit's goal with 31 seconds left in the overtime period gave the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday night.

Center Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist and right winger P.A. Parenteau also scored for Colorado (41-17-5). Defenseman Erik Johnson had two assists, and goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere had 35 saves.

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall and right winger Tomas Jurco scored for Detroit (28-21-13. Goalie Jimmy Howard made 22 saves.

Benoit scored the overtime goal on a one-timer from the left circle off a pass from center Nathan MacKinnon. It was Benoit's fourth goal.

Parenteau had tied the game 2-2, 5:48 into the second period when he scored on a backhander from in front after Howard's stick had been accidentally knocked out of his hand by teammate right winger Johan Franzen. It was Parenteau's 13th goal.

Jurco's power-play goal with 7:50 left in the second period gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead. He scored on a one-timer from just outside the crease for his fifth goal. It came with Avalanche defenseman Nick Holden in the penalty box for tripping.

Duchene put Colorado on the board and tied the game at 1-1, 9:49 into the second period.

His 20th goal came when he flubbed on a rebound off the end boards and the puck bounced in off the skate of Franzen.

Kronwall opened the scoring with 7:27 left in the first period with his seventh goal. He worked a give-and-go play with center Joakim Andersson and beat Giguere with a backhand shot from the bottom of the right circle.

Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey hit the goal post 9:04 into the game.

NOTES: The No. 5 jersey of former Detroit captain and D Nicklas Lidstrom was retired and raised to the Joe Louis Arena rafters during a ceremony before the game. He joined Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Alex Delvecchio, Terry Sawchuk, Sid Abel and Steve Yzerman in having a number retired by the Red Wings. Lidstrom won seven Norris Trophies and four Stanley Cups. ... At Wednesday's trade deadline, Colorado acquired G Reto Berra from Calgary for a second-round pick in the 2014 draft. Semyon Varlamov backed up Jean-Sebastien Giguere on Thursday night. ... It was also the Red Wings' debut of C David Legwand. The native of the the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Woods was acquired from the Nashville Predators on Wednesday for RW Patrick Eaves, prospect C Calle Jarnkrok and a conditional draft pick.
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