DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings finally got a lucky bounce.
Henrik Zetterberg’s 30th goal broke a scoreless tie with 2:20 left and Dominik Hasek made 15 saves for his 80th career shutout to lift Detroit to a 2-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.
Kris Draper added an empty-netter with 13 seconds left for league-best Detroit, which won its sixth straight.
Peter Budaj stopped 34 shots for Colorado and there could have been many more. Red Wing players either misfired or the puck hopped over their sticks on prime scoring chances for almost the entire night.
“We knew we’d eventually score, even if we had to go to a shootout,” Zetterberg said.
His goal came on he rebound attempted pass out in front as he came around the net. But the puck hit Budaj’s stick and came back to Zetterberg, who fired it in.
“I think Homer (Tomas Holmstrom) was in front. So I just tried to throw the puck in front,” he said. “I think it went off the goalie’s stick. That’s just what I was trying to do in that situation: Get the puck in front and get a rebound.”
Despite giving up so many shots and scoring chances, the Avalanche didn’t give the Red Wings much room.
Colorado is without three of its best offensive players: Captain Joe Sakic (hernia surgery), Ryan Smyth (ankle) and Paul Stastny (appendectomy). So they have no choice but to concentrate on defence.
“That was a very tough ending,” Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. “To come that close to getting something and have it get away on a lucky bounce, we spoiled a very special night by our goaltender.”
Budaj said his team put in a lot of effort.
“Even though we only had 15 shots, I thought we worked hard,” he said. “And I’m disappointed we didn’t get into overtime.”
It was the second time in less than a month that the Avalanche were shut out in Detroit. Hasek got that one as well, 1-0 on Jan. 8.
“That’s something you’d expect in the first round of the playoffs,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “Both teams check, check, check. I thought Joel did a good job of managing his bench.”
An apparent goal by the Avalanche’s Milan Hejduk with eight seconds left in the second period was waved off because of incidental contact with Hasek by Colorado defenceman Scott Hannan.
“I didn’t know exactly what happened in front of the net, but I know he was in the crease and interfering with me,” Hasek said. “So I knew it was a good call.”
Colorado didn’t have a shot until T.J. Hensick forced Hasek to make a save 11:20 into the game.
Detroit had a 14-3 shot advantage in first period. The Avalanche had only one shot in the second period and it didn’t come until 9:28. Detroit had nine shots in the second period.
“There was not too much action, especially in the first and second period,” Hasek said. “But the game was 0-0 … I knew if I mae one mistake, we could lose the game.”
Notes: Detroit D Niklas Kronwall missed the game because of a shoulder injury. … Colorado G Jose Theodore didn’t play because of back spasms. … Detroit D Brett Lebda returned after sitting out a game with a sore wrist.