Wings blow 2-goal lead in 4-3 OT loss to Avalanche
It looked like the Red Wings were the team that had played less than 24 hours earlier.
But it was the Colorado Avalanche ... who won.
Detroit let a two-goal lead with under seven minutes left get away Sunday, Nov. 19, and Nate Mackinnon's goal 2:55 into overtime gave Colorado a 4-3 win over Detroit at Little Caesars Arena.
The Avalanche lost 5-2 in Nashville Saturday night.
"We didn't play good enough from the start," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "So we got, in my opinion, one more point than we deserved."
The Wings led 3-1 with 6:29 left when Jonathan Ericsson took a high-sticking penalty.
Nail Yakupov made it 3-2 with a power-play goal just 14 seconds later. Carl Soderberg was credited with the tying goal with 46 seconds left in regulation when, with goalie Jonathan Bernier pulled for the extra attacker, MacKinnon's shot went in off his back.
"We were in a position to steal the game," Blashill said. "But when you don't play well enough for 60 minutes, you put yourself in a position to lose a point."
Colorado outshot Detroit 37-24.
Justin Abdelkader, Andreas Athanasiou and Niklas Kronwall scored for Detroit (10-8-3). Jimmy Howard made 33 saves.
Athanasiou gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead with 57 seconds left in the second period when he scored on a breakaway. He made a couple of moves and put in a forehand shot for his fifth goal of the season.
Kronwall made it 3-1 with a power-play goal with 8:53 left in regulation. He put in a one-time slap shot from the high slot for his first goal of the season.
Abdelkader opened the scoring with 5:59 left in the opening period when he tipped Dylan Larkin's shot out of the air and past Bernier. It was Abdelkader's fourth goal.
Erik Johnson tied it with 16 seconds left in the first for Colorado with a one-timer from the point in the middle of the ice.
Danny Dekeyser returned after missing 17 games with a fractured ankle. He was paired with D Mike Green. ... The Red Wings were without Martin Frk because of a groin injury. ... Darren Helm returned for Detroit after missing a game with a lower-body injury. ... The Red Wings’ Luke Witkowski served the second contest of a 10-game suspension for returning to the ice after receiving a game misconduct during a brawl Wednesday night in an 8-2 win against the Calgary Flames.