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NHL Recap (Colorado-Detroit)
Posted: Thur April 2, 1998 at 12:23 a.m ESTDETROIT 2, COLORADO 0
Sergei Federov returned from a two-game suspension to score two third-period goals and Chris Osgood and Kevin Hodson combined to stop 14 shots as the Detroit Red Wings blanked the Colorado Avalanche, 2-0, in a game marred by several late brawls.
Fedorov, suspended for checking Anaheim's Jason Marshall from behind on Thursday, snapped a scoreless tie with 12:54 to play. He capped his first multi-goal game since March 15th, 1997 with an unassisted tally just over four minutes later.
"I'd like to thank everybody who was out there," said Fedorov, who held out most of the season and played just 13 games before being suspended. "I dreamed about (coming back) for a long time. I wanted to get back and I guess I did arrive tonight. I'd like to thank all the fans for their support. I do not want to cry in front of you guys, but it is really emotional for me. It has meant a lot for me."
Osgood, who made 13 saves, appeared on his way to his seventh shutout of the season. But with 7:11 to play, teammate Martin Lapointe got into a scrum with Colorado's Aaron Miller along the boards. Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy began removing his equipment before challenging Osgood to center ice for a fight. Both goalies got involved with Roy landing several right hands.
"It was nothing special. Just a fight, that's all," Roy said. "Last year, the same thing happened and it really got them going. We had to do something, we had to get going. I am not there to fight. My job is to win hockey games. Sometimes when things happen, you have to stick together. Look at what Detroit did last year and they won the playoffs."
Roy and Osgood both received minor, major, misconduct and game misconduct penalties as the teams combined for 46 penalties totaling 228 minutes.
"At the end of the game, emotions got the better of everyone on the ice," Avalanche coach Marc Crawford said. "I do not think it was any more than that. Patrick is a very emotional guy and so were the other five guys who were on the ice."
"Obviously, I was surprised at what happened out there," Red Wings defenseman Larry Murphy added. "It's one of those things. The intesity is so high between both teams. That's usually the outcome of it."
The Red Wings outshot the Avalanche, 17-8, through two periods. Fedorov snapped the scoreless tie when he took a pass from Steve Yzerman and put a backhander between Roy's pads for his fourth goal.
"They do not have key guys back there," Fedorov said, referring to Colorado's Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg, who are out with injuries. "It's tough against a strong defense and our goaltending was solid tonight. They tried to turn things around, but it did not work. We handled ourselves pretty well."
Fedorov doubled the advantage with 8:40 to play when he stole the puck from Colorado defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh in the neutral zone and stepped around Ozolinsh before beating Roy between the pads.
Billington, who replaced Roy following the fight, turned aside four shots while Hodson stopped the only shot he faced.
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