NHL: Colorado 4, Detroit 2

Dec. 4, 2011 at 11:03 PM

DENVER, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- T.J. Galiardi's shorthanded goal in the third period provided the difference Sunday in the Colorado Avalanche's 4-2 victory over Detroit.

The Red Wings had forged a 2-2 tie 5 minutes into the final frame when Danny Cleary netted his fifth of the year.

But with Colorado's Ryan Wilson off on a cross-checking penalty, the Avalanche got a 2-on-1 break when they caught the Wings on a line change. Gabriel Landeskog fed Galiardi a pass and he tapped it home 9:22 into the final frame.

Ryan O'Reilly scored in the second period and added an empty-netter for Colorado, which downed Detroit for the first time in three meetings this season.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 27-of-29 shots to earn the victory.

Johan Franzen also scored and Ty Conklin made 31 saves for the Red Wings, who fell short in their bid for an eighth straight win.

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