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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Avalanche Slides by Red Wings

DETROIT -- This is exactly the situation for which the Colorado Avalanche acquired goaltender Patrick Roy earlier this season: playing overtime in the Stanley Cup semifinals against the record-setting Detroit Red Wings.


And while Roy did his part, it was the less heralded player in the December deal who provided the heroics Sunday.


Colorado's Mike Keane scored with 17 minutes 31 seconds gone in overtime to give the Avalanche a 3-2 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at Joe Louis Arena.


For the Red Wings, the loss was especially painful, because team captain Steve Yzerman, who saved his team from one of the biggest upsets in NHL playoff history by scoring in double overtime in Game 7 against St. Louis in the previous series, left in the second period with a pulled groin.


As for whether Detroit's leader can play on Tuesday, Yzerman's coach Bowman said, "We don't know yet."


Before a sellout crowd, Keane ended a hard-fought, yet entertaining battle between the NHL's two best regular season teams by unleashing a sneaky-fast wrist shot from the top of the left circle.


Defenseman Paul Coffey scored both Red Wings goals, the second one shorthanded to tie it 2-2 with 5:33 gone in the third period. But he also knocked in the Avalanche's first goal, a shorthanded score credited to Stephane Yelle after Yelle sent a pass through the crease.


The Avalanche took the lead, 2-1, early in the third period when Adam Deadmarsh crashed the net with Red Wings Bob Errey, and the puck banged past Osgood. On the winning play, Keane took a pass from Mike Ricci and skated into the zone with Red Wings defenseman Mike Ramsey.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)