DENVER -- They threw slap shots, backhanders and rebounds at Dominik Hasek, and even took a shot after the goalie lost his stick.
But nothing got through in the third period, and Hasek's 13 saves in the frame helped preserve the Detroit Red Wings' 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.
Darren McCarty and Kirk Maltby scored second-period goals, and Nicklas Lidstrom scored into an empty net with two seconds left as the Red Wings raised their NHL-best point total to 82.
After being outhustled and outshot 32-11 through two periods, the Avalanche erupted in the third period. Still, they couldn't solve Hasek, who made a save off a rebound shot by Joe Sakic, made a pad save on a backhander by Rob Blake and, after losing his stick, stopped Eric Messier from the slot.
''In the third period, they had some good shots,'' Hasek said. ''But we played well defensively. We played just the way we needed to.
''We played great the first two periods. We outshot them, we outskated them and we were completely better. It seemed like they were not ready for tonight's game. They were very sluggish. Patrick Roy kept them in the game.''
Hasek finished with 23 saves, and Roy had 31.
Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman said Colorado ''had six scoring chances in the third period, and they were good ones. Hasek has played well with the lead most of the season. That's what you need.
''Our team has a lot of confidence in Dominik. We had a good goalie in (Chris) Osgood, but this guy is experienced. He has been one of the three better players in the league the last couple of years.''
Scott Parker had the lone goal for Colorado.
The Avalanche have lost their last three games -- all at home -- by a combined 14-7 score. It's the first time they've lost three straight at home since Feb. 13-29, 2000, when they lost four in a row.
Coach Bob Hartley refused to blame the All-Star break for his team's lull.
''Everyone had a layoff,'' he said. ''We are not sharp. Our decision-making is not there. Our reactions are not there. We are not supporting each other. Not to take anything away from the Red Wings, but we are capable of much better than this.
''The first two periods, we were not skating well at all. We were not on the puck and we were not generating anything. Plus, we let a team like the Red Wings skate. We didn't give ourselves a chance. We bounced back in the third period, but it was too late.''
In one of the NHL's best rivalries, Detroit outshot Colorado 12-7 in a scoreless first period. Roy stopped Luc Robitaille on two quick shots just right of the goal. Hasek made a save on Adam Foote's long shot and Milan Hejduk's rebound attempt.
Play intensified in the second period, with three goals and two fights. The Red Wings again outshot Colorado 20-4 and took a 2-1 lead.
The Avalanche went ahead 1-0 at 2:31 when Brad Larsen passed from behind the net to Parker, who jammed in his first goal.
McCarty tied it at 7:07. Jesse Wallin's shot from the left point rebounded in front, and McCarty flipped it over Roy. The assist was Wallin's first career NHL point.
Another rebound goal in a short-handed situation put the Red Wings in front. Colorado defenseman Martin Skoula turned the puck over at mid-ice, setting up a breakaway by Kris Draper. Roy stopped Draper's shot, but Maltby punched in the rebound at 18:21.
''Kris kind of did all the work,'' Maltby said. ''He made a great play in reading the pass across ice and picked it off. I was trailing the play, hoping if it didn't go in that the rebound would come my way. Basically, it came right to me.''
Skoula credited Draper for showing ''good instinct'' but admitted ''it was a bad play by me. They got a break when the rebound came right back to Maltby.''
Referring to Hasek, Skoula said, ''You don't get much from him anyway. Whatever we shot, he found.''
Flyers 3, Kings 1
LOS ANGELES -- Eric Weinrich ended a 43-game goal-scoring drought and set up Ruslan Fedotenko's short-handed goal as Philadelphia beat Los Angeles.
Adam Deadmarsh scored a power-play goal for the Kings.
Simon Gagne added an unassisted goal with 1:03 remaining, helping the Eastern Conference-leading Flyers improve to 32-14-6-2. They lead the NHL with a 17-8-3 road mark.
Philadelphia is 11-3-1 in 15 games despite going 1-for-26 on the power play the last nine contests.
Roman Cechmanek made 20 saves in the victory.
Canucks 4, Coyotes 2
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Jan Hlavac and Trevor Linden each had a goal and an assist as Vancouver extended its unbeaten streak to eight games.
Trevor Letowski and Markus Naslund also scored, and Peter Skudra made 22 saves for the Canucks, 7-0-1 over their last eight games and 13-3-1-1 since Christmas.
Vancouver moved into seventh place in the Western Conference, one point ahead of Los Angeles and three up on the 10th-place Coyotes.
Daniel Briere and Andrei Nazarov scored for the Coyotes, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Islanders 3, Panthers 3
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Dick Tarnstrom scored the tying goal with 4:16 left in regulation Monday night as the New York Islanders salvaged a draw with the Florida Panthers after squandering a three-goal lead in the third period.
New York led 5-2 heading into the third, but the Panthers scored four times in a 7:13 span. Florida took the lead with 12:14 left in regulation on Robert Svehla's second goal of the game.
Alexei Yashin and Kenny Jonsson each had a goal and two assists for the Islanders.
Niklas Hagman, who had two goals and an assist, started Florida's comeback 33 seconds into the third period.
Senators 4, Lightning 4
TAMPA, Fla. -- Daniel Alfredsson scored two goals, including the equalizer with 40.7 seconds left in regulation, as Ottawa tied Tampa Bay.
The Senators are unbeaten in five games (2-0-3).
Tampa Bay took a 4-3 lead after Pavel Kubina and Brad Richards scored two minutes apart late in the third period.
Jani Hurme is 6-0-1 against Tampa Bay.
The Senators, who also had goals from Magnus Arvedson and Karel Rachunek, are 7-0-1 in the last eight meetings with the Lightning.
Vincent Lecavalier and Vaclav Prospal had Tampa Bay goals.
Bruins 8, Blue Jackets 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Bill Guerin had three goals and an assist and John Grahame made 30 saves for his first shutout of the season as Boston beat Columbus.
The Bruins moved into a tie with idle Philadelphia for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
It was the most lopsided loss in the Blue Jackets' two seasons. The Bruins scored their season-high in goals against a team they had never beaten.
All the goals were even-strength, with the Bruins on the power play for only one second of the game.
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