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Wings hang on to escape Avalanche

AP , DENVER, COLORADO

Red Wings left winger Tomas Holmstrom, center, tries to sweep the puck past Avalanche goalie David Aebischer during the third period in Denver, Colorado, on Saturday. Detroit defeated Colorado 4-3.

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Robert Lang broke a tie late in the second period and the Detroit Red Wings killed two five-on-three disadvantages in a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

The Red Wings snapped the Avs' five-game home winning streak, Colorado's longest since closing out the 2002-2003 season with six straight home wins.

The Red Wings' second two-man disadvantage lasted 53 seconds and came midway through the third period while Detroit was clinging to its 4-3 lead. The Avalanche managed one shot on goal during that span.

The Avs, who were 1-for-8 on power plays, also failed to capitalize on Brett Lebda's holding call with 3:53 left. They even yanked their goalie for the final 10 seconds of the power play but failed to get a shot off.

Detroit was 2-for-5 on the power play.

After Brett Clark and Antti Laaksonen went to the penalty box for hooking, the Central Division-leading Red Wings capitalized on their two-man advantage to break a 3-3 tie in the second period. Pavel Datsyuk passed the puck across the crease and Lang put it past David Aebischer's stick side from right in front of the net.

Devils 3, Islanders 2 SO

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Zach Parise scored in the fifth round of the shootout, extending the New Jersey Devils' winning streak to nine games.

Miroslav Satan, the first Islander up, beat Martin Brodeur over the right shoulder for New York's only goal in the shootout.

Patrik Elias, New Jersey's second shooter, swung wide right before cutting to the crease to beat Rick DiPietro to create the 1-1 deadlock heading into the sudden-death portion. The fifth shooters were pivotal as the Islanders' Trent Hunter hit the post before Parise got the winner on a forehand-backhand-forehand deke that sent DiPietro sprawling.

Brodeur made 37 saves through regulation and overtime.

Flyers 2, Penguins 1

At Pittsburgh, playing in his first game in more than a month, Robert Esche made 32 saves and helped the Flyers snap a four-game losing streak.

Pittsburgh has lost nine straight and 10 of its last 11.

Esche, who improved to 12-4-2, had not played since Dec. 15 due to a groin strain. Antero Niittymaki made 17 consecutive starts in his place.

Rookies R.J. Umberger and Jeff Carter scored the Philadelphia goals.

Lightning 2, Thrashers 0

At Atlanta, Vincent Lecavalier and Fredrik Modin scored for Tampa Bay, and John Grahame shut out Atlanta for the second time this season.

Tampa Bay won its third in a row, while the Thrashers have lost two straight after winning seven of eight. The Lightning improved to 53 points -- one ahead of the Thrashers, who slipped into the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Grahame, a US Olympic goalie, turned aside 20 shots for his third shutout of the season. He also blanked the Thrashers in a 6-0 rout on Oct. 20, also in Atlanta.

Sharks 4, Kings 3, OT

At Los Angeles, Patrick Marleau's power-play goal with 8.9 seconds left in overtime lifted San Jose over Los Angeles.

With Kings forward Dustin Brown in the penalty box, Marleau took a feed from Joe Thornton in the slot and fired the puck over the right shoulder of goalie Mathieu Garon to give San Jose its third victory in four games against Los Angeles this season.

Thornton forced OT by scoring with only 29 seconds remaining in regulation. Joe Corvo gave Los Angeles a 3-2 lead with 7:35 left.

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