Detroit Red Wings give up 2-goal lead at home, lose in OT to Colorado

Red Wings left wing Andreas Athanasiou, left, and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson battle for the puck in overtime on Sunday in Detroit. Colorado won 4-3. (AP photo)

By BOB DUFF
Associated Press
DETROIT — Jared Bednar thought his Colorado Avalanche got what they deserved Sunday night.
Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill didn’t disagree.
Nathan MacKinnon scored 2:55 into overtime and Colorado overcame a late two-goal deficit to beat Detroit 4-3.
Niklas Kronwall put Detroit ahead 3-1 with 8:53 left in the third period, but Nail Yakupov made it 3-2 on a power play with 6:15 remaining before Carl Soderberg tied it with Colorado’s goalie pulled in the final minute.
MacKinnon snapped a low shot to the short side past goalie Jimmy Howard for the winner.
Colorado had to rally, but it was the better team most of the night. It held a 24-14 edge in shots through two periods and finished with a 37-24 advantage, a measure that Avalanche coach Bednar felt was a true barometer of the game.
“I’ve liked the way our team’s kind of kept battling,” Bednar said. “Even in Nashville yesterday (a 5-2 loss), we were out of that game but we kept playing, not giving up.
Justin Abdelkader and Andreas Athanasiou also scored for the Wings. Erik Johnson had Colorado’s other goal. Howard had 33 saves.