The Red Wings maintained a one-point lead over St. Louis for the seventh spot in the Western Conference standings.
Detroit took a 2-1 lead into the third period, but P.A. Parenteau scored 6:29 into the stanza to create a tie.
Colorado, however, had to settle for one point, leaving the Avalanche with an NHL-low 29 for the season. Colorado has lost three in a row.
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