Detroit Red Wings dumped by Colorado Avalanche, 6-3, for 9th straight …

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DENVER — The Detroit Red Wings weren’t even able to make a game of it.

Other than a good first handful of minutes Monday, they were thoroughly outperformed by the Colorado Avalanche, who ran up a five-goal lead before the Wings gave their fans at Ball Arena something to cheer. Avs fans cheered loudest and longest, though, as the Wings fell, 6-3, extending their losing streak against the Avalanche to nine straight games.

Ville Husso was replaced by Magnus Hellberg to start the third period, but it wasn’t Husso (five goals, 22 shots) who was the problem, it was, again, the skaters. The Avs benefitted from easy offense, able to walk in and score uncontested. It’s the second straight game the Wings (18-17-7) have fallen behind by four goals.

Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard, left, reaches out to slow down Red Wings right wing Jonatan Berggren in the second period Jan. 16, 2023, in Denver.

Andrew Copp scored late in the second period, and Ben Chiarot used his heavy shot off a draw to pull the Wings within three goals early in the third period, but Nathan MacKinnon restored Colorado’s lead on a breakaway. Where the Wings’ stars were quiet, Colorado’s delivered in spades: Two goals and two assists by MacKinnon; two goals and an assist by Cale Makar.

Moritz Seider scored with 33.7 seconds left.

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Challenging start

The Wings came out with jump, buzzing in the Avs’ zone and creating chances. Their momentum faltered when Artturi Lehkonen put the puck in their net at 5:12. The Wings challenged because MacKinnon appeared to be all over Husso, but video review came down in the Avs’ favor – it was considered incidental contact and not goaltender interference – and left the Wings facing a penalty kill for losing a challenge. That took some air out of the Wings, who didn’t generate another chance until a…

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