Avalanche end Detroit's win streak with 4-2 triumph
(Reuters) - TJ Galiardi's game-winning goal in the third period snapped Detroit's seven-game winning streak as the Colorado Avalanche handed the high-flying Red Wings a rare 4-2 defeat.
Galiardi fired in a short-handed score at 9:22 in the final period to break a 2-2 tie and Ryan O'Reilly added his second goal of the game into an empty net in the final minute to derail Detroit's run.
The Red Wings (16-8-1) had not lost since November 17 and had rarely been challenged during their surge before visiting Colorado.
The game had started brightly for Detroit, who had beaten the Avalanche in both meetings this season, and they took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Johan Franzen at 15:08 in the first period.
But Ryan O'Reilly then tied the game 26 seconds into the second and Paul Stastny put the home team ahead almost two minutes later.
Danny Cleary netted a game-tying tip-in for Detroit five minutes into the third but Galiardi won it for the Avalanche (13-13-1) to claim their third consecutive win.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles. Editing by Patrick Johnston)
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