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DETROIT (Ticker) -- Old habits die hard for Chris Drury.
Drury scored 10:21 into overtime and the Colorado Avalanche grabbed a commanding lead in their Western Conference semifinal series with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
Last year, Drury tied a rookie record with four game-winners in the postseason. Tonight, he got his first of this year's playoffs to give Colorado a three games to one lead in the best-of-seven series as it heads home for Game Five on Friday.
Peter Forsberg broke down the left side on a 2-on-1 before flipping a pass across the slot to Drury. The former Little League World Series hero waited for goaltender Chris Osgood to go down before sliding in a backhander for his third playoff goal and second of the series.
"Give (Adam) Deadmarsh all the credit. He got it out of our zone," Drury said. "I was trying to cheat a bit, hoping he'd get it out. If he didn't, we might have been in a little trouble. I tried to give it to Peter because he knows what to do on a 2-on-1 better than me. He's a playmaker. He drove the net, made a nice pass to my backhand and I just slid it in."
All-Star defenseman Ray Bourque sat out with a knee injury, but Dave Andreychuk -- acquired with Bourque from Boston on March 6 -- lifted the Avalanche into a 2-2 tie by scoring off a scramble with 4:27 left in regulation.
"It's a pretty big goal," said Andreychuk, 36. "Hopefully, I have a few more left in me."
Defenseman Jon Klemm had the other goal for Colorado, which has won seven of the last eight playoff meetings with Detroit.
"They have a great team and we know the fourth one is the hardest," Forsberg said. "We know they'll play their best game (on Friday)."
Tomas Holmstrom and Vyacheslav Kozlov talled for the Red Wings.
"It was a huge game, and we lost it. Now we're in deep trouble," Detroit center Igor Larionov said. "So we've got to think about it, forget about Game Four, go into Denver and try to win Game Five. There's no secret. We have to win one game in Denver. After that, we'll see what happens."
Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman was not quite as dire.
"It's an uphill battle," he said. "I had a team in Pittsburgh in '92 that was down 2-0 to Washington. We came back, tied up the series and played a great seventh game. You just have to think of the next game and don't look beyond that. It's not like there's a big edge in the series. The edge is in the series lead. This team is still capable of winning the series."
Benched in Game Three, Kozlov broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal 9:20 into the third period. Sergei Fedorov's wrist shot from the right faceoff circle did not reach the net but he fired again and Kozlov put home the rebound for his second playoff goal.
Just eight seconds earlier, Deadmarsh gave Detroit a four-minute power play when his stick clipped Pat Verbeek and drew blood from the left ear. Ten of Detroit's 21 playoff goals have come on the power play.
The goal would have become Kozlov's 12th career playoff game-winner, but Andreychuk tied it just over six minutes later.
Colorado's Milan Hejduk whacked a puck out of mid-air and hit the left goalpost. Osgood tried to clear it but put it right on the stick of Andreychuk, who stuffed it back for his third playoff goal.
"I was coming through and the puck came free. I knocked it in before he got his glove on it," Andreychuk said. "We felt we were getting momentum in the third period. It was one of those goals that you hope is on your side."
"We had a 2-1 lead with five minutes left. We played the type of game we wanted to play, but unfortunately, we ran around a little bit," Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios said. "It got whacked out of the air, off the post and back to them. They kept coming at us."
The Avalanche took a 1-0 lead 3:37 into the second period on a goal from an unlikely source. Klemm took a cross-ice pass from Dave Reid in the right circle and put a wrister between Osgood's pads to end a 43-game playoff scoring drought.
But Detroit tied it at 8:46 on Tomas Holmstrom's second goal of the series. Fedorov made a diagonal pass to Doug Brown, who sent it back to the right side, where Holmstrom flicked the puck between goalie Patrick Roy's pads.
Roy made 30 saves and improved to 34-10 in playoff overtime.
Osgood stopped 18 shots and fell to 3-3 in OT.