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Red Wings bounce back from rout, hang on to beat Avs

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DETROIT -- What a difference a day made for the Detroit Red Wings.

After being trounced 7-1 by the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon on their home ice at Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings got out to a lead and held on for a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.

"It's actually great to have a game the next day so you can get it out of your head quick," said Detroit's Johan Franzen, who had two assists. "(It's) great to be able to wash it out of your head with a good game."

Colorado, which has lost five of its last six and nine of its last 11, trailed 3-0 before scoring twice in the third period, but the Avalanche couldn't get the equalizer.

"Every night we're getting down and coming back. We're putting ourselves in too deep of a hole," said the Avalanche's Matt Duchene, who made it a one-goal game with less than a minute-and-a-half left.

Justin Abdelkader, Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner got the goals for Detroit (18-13-5).

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard made 22 saves, a number of them outstanding stops, particularly in the third period.

"We took care of the puck, we were prepared to play, got good goaltending, the whole thing," Red Wings' coach Mike Babcock said. "We weren't very good last night. The guys responded.

"On a back to back, it was a real big win for our team. We needed it. I thought we could have been more solid in the third period, but still a good win for our team."

Howard robbed P.A. Parenteau with a glove save with seven seconds left on a shot from the bottom of the left circle right off a face-off.

"I thought I was quick enough to go (top) shelf. But he made a pretty solid save," Parenteau said.

Said Howard: "I was trying to take everything away. He was at a bad angle and if that goes in, it's completely on me."

Jamie McGinn scored the other goal for Colorado (12-19-4). Semyon Varlamov stopped 10 shots before being pulled in favor of Jean-Sebastien Giguere in the second period. Giguere stopped all seven shots he faced.

"The story of our season," Parenteau said. "We're losing games by one goal but trailing two or three to start."'

Duchene scored with 1:18 left after Giguere was pulled for the extra attacker. He knocked down a clearing attempt by Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith in the slot and beat Howard for his 14th goal.

McGinn's power-play goal 5:52 into the third period put Colorado on the board. He put in a backhander from a goal-mouth scramble for his seventh goal.

Abdelkader opened the scoring with 4:03 left in the first period when he batted the rebound of Franzen's shot out of the air and into the net with the shaft of his stick. It was Abdelkader's seventh goal.

Cleary's power-play goal 6:28 into the second period made the score 2-0. He got his eighth goal when he put in a one-timer from the top of the crease.

Brunner scored 9:54 into the second period on a one-time shot from the bottom portion of the left circle after Gustov Nyquist made a nice play to keep the puck in the Colorado zone and gain possession of it in the high slot area. It was Brunner's 11th goal, and it ended his 15-game goal-scoring drought.

"I thought the last couple of games, I started to get the feeling back. I was skating better, I had my legs underneath me, I was gaining a lot of confidence and getting a lot of scoring chances," Brunner said. "I knew when I was getting the scoring chances that they were going to go in sometime. I'm definitely happy that one went in today."

Varlamov was pulled and replaced by Giguere after that goal.

NOTE: Detroit center and captain Henrik Zetterberg missed his second game with a groin injury. ... Red Wings defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo returned after missing 33 games with a shoulder injury. ... Detroit forward Mikael Samuelsson didn't play due to an upper- body injury. ... Colorado forward Paul Stastny missed his fourth game with a foot injury. ... Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk didn't play because of a shoulder injury.... Colorado forward David Jones missed his fifth game due to a knee injury. ... Monday night's contest was Red Wings trainer Piet Van Zant's 1,500th game. ... Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick and forward Aaron Palushaj are both natives of Detroit-area suburbs and played at the University of Michigan. Hunwick is from Warren and Palushaj is from Livonia.
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