Detroit — Another shootout loss for the Red Wings, that's becoming common, but this one took longer than usual.
It went nine rounds, and the Red Wings had chances to win it, but the Red Wings lost the shootout (3-2) and ultimately the game, 2-1.
Colorado's Jarome Iginla scored in the ninth round after goalie Petr Mrazek had made six consecutive stops, then Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard stopped Brendan Smith to clinch the victory.
The Red Wings (17-8-9, 43 points) are 1-7 in shootouts this season, points lost which they hope will not hurt them later in the season.
What hasn't helped during this six-game winless streak (0-2-4) is also lack of offense. The Red Wings have scored six goals total in those six games.
"Every team goes through this type of adversity," Riley Sheahan said. "We just have to steer ourselves out of it. We have so much skill in this room and spend a lot of time in the offensive zone every game. We'll have success sooner rather than later."
Mrazek allowed shootout goals to Colorado'a first two shooters (Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene), then stopped six in a row before Iginla scored.
"Petr held us in for quite a bit," Tomas Tatar said. "Guys made pretty good attempts. Unfortunately (pucks) didn't go in. This is bad luck."
The Red Wings outshot the Avalanche, 35-23, but couldn't solve Pickard who frustrated them countless times.
Pavel Datsyuk, who scored the lone Red Wings' goal, had seven shots on net alone, but Pickard was there to make every key save.
"We directed 71 shots at the net, obviously we're not scoring very good at this point," coach Mike Babcock said. "We played well. We had the puck for the majority of the game. In the end, their goalie was good and we didn't finish."
The game was a defensive struggle for much of the night until the team traded power-play goals in the third period.
Datsyuk and the Avalanche's Erik Johnson scored third period goals, sending the game into overtime.
Colorado (12-13-8, 32 points) is 2-0-2 in its last four.
Johnson tied it 1-1 at 15:45 of the third period.
With Tomas Jurco off for interference, the Avalanche won the draw and worked the puck to Johnson hear the half wall.
Johnson's shot appeared to get tipped, but had enough to get past goalie Mrazek, forcing the tie.
"It's disappointing but we just have to work and be focused and score some goals," Mrazek said. "We played great."
Datsyuk's power-play goal, his 13th goal, at 4:52 with Colorado defenseman Nate Guenin off for tripping, giving the Red Wings a 1-0 lead early in the third period.
Henrik Zetterberg got control of the puck and fed Sheahan near the corner.
Sheahan found Datsyuk drifting to an open spot in the circle. Datsyuk unleashed a wrist shot that beat Pickard, and finally giving the sellout crowd at Joe Louis Arena something to get excited about.
"I don't like coming to the scrum every night and saying the same thing, but we have to find a way to score goals," Babcock said. "I liked our effort. We didn't finish, (so) let's get on with it.
"Give them (the Avalanche) credit. They found a way to ride good goaltending until they scored a goal, and got the extra point (in the shootout). We need to find a way to get that second point."
The game was scoreless after two periods, the Red Wings failing to convert on three power plays in the first 40 minutes.
Included in that stretch was a four-minute power play when Colorado's Maxime Talbot was called for high sticking at 16:34 of the first period.
But the Red Wings failed convert, much the same story for the remainder of the evening.