Tatar tallies twice as Red Wings (-180) rout Avalanche
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DETROIT -- Tomas Tatar scored twice to reach the 20-goal plateau for the third time in four seasons, as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Colorado Avalanche, 5-1, on Saturday.
After a scoreless first period, Detroit converted on a power play at 16:43 of the second. Henrik Zetterberg brought the puck into the Colorado zone along the right-wing boards and flipped a backhand pass across to Justin Abdelkader. Using Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson as a screen, Abdelkader snapped a low show through the legs of Colorado goalie Calvin Pickard.
It was Abdelkader's first goal since Feb. 28 at Vancouver and only his second in his last 32 games.
Colorado pulled even 3:44 into the third period when Tyson Barrie's point shot banked off the left leg of Nathan MacKinnon and past Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.
That's when Tatar took over. He finished off a two-on-one break with Luke Glendening at 5:20, and then he made it 3-1 at 6:56, taking a pass from Gustav Nyquist and hammering a one-timer past Pickard.
Dylan Larkin increased the margin to 4-1 at 12:44 when a loose puck found its way to him from a goalmouth scramble and he blasted a high shot into the net during a Detroit power play.
Nyquist rubbed further salt into Colorado's wound, tallying his 10th of the season at 16:18.
NOTES: The Red Wings opted to scratch F Tomas Nosek after recalling him from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League earlier in the day. Nosek was recalled on an emergency basis, Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said that a couple of unnamed forwards were under the weather and uncertain starters. ... F Mitch Callahan and D Ryan Sproul (knee) were scratched by the Red Wings. D Jonathan Ericsson (wrist) is on Injured Reserve. ... The Avalanche scratched Ds Cody Goloubef and Patrick Wiercioch and F Mikhail Grigorenko. ... Colorado is second in the NHL in faceoff percentage at 53.7 percent. Avalanche F Matt Duchene owns an NHL-best 62.7 per cent success rate at the faceoff dot.