Colorado Makes Quick Work of Ranford, Detroit
By Harry Atkins
DETROIT – The Colorado Avalanche continued to make themselves at home on the road and, suddenly, Detroit's shot at a three-peat appears in some danger.
Colorado got another strong game from goaltender Patrick Roy and Adam Deadmarsh scored twice as the Avs defeated the Red Wings 6-2 Thursday night to even their second-round series at two games each.
Roy, who made 44 saves in the third game, turned away 31 shots in Game 4 of the best-of-7 Western Conference series.
Meanwhile, Detroit goaltender Bill Ranford failed to make it through the second period for the second straight game.
Peter Forsberg had a goal and two assists. Chris Drury, Milan Hejduk and Valeri Kamensky also scored for Colorado.
Vyacheslav Kozlov scored twice for the Red Wings.
Ranford, starting his fourth straight game in place of the injured Chris Osgood, who is out with a sprained right knee, let three of the first 14 shots he faced get past him. He was replaced by Norm Maracle at 14:04 of the second with Detroit trailing 3-0.
In a 5-3 loss in Game 3, Ranford let five of the first 23 shots get past him and he was lifted 5:05 into the second period.
The Red Wings, trying to win their third consecutive Stanley Cup championship, had won 11 straight playoff games – including the last five last year – and were up 2-0 on Colorado before returning home.
The series continues Sunday afternoon in Denver, where the Avs are 1-4 during these playoffs, compared with 5-0 on the road. Game 6 will be May 18 back at Joe Louis Arena.
Drury's goal, his second of the playoffs, gave Colorado a 1-0 lead 1:28 into an otherwise quiet first period. The puck was bouncing in the crease and Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom was unable to clear it for the fallen Ranford.
Deadmarsh and Hejduk scored in the second period, during which the Red Wings went 8:34 before getting their first shot on goal. The faithful in Joe Louis Arena were booing by the end of the period.
Deadmarsh scored his fifth goal at 7:07, swooping in on the right side to tap in the rebound of Peter Forsberg's shot.
Hejduk, on another assist by Forsberg, made it 3-0 with a power-play goal, his fourth, at 14:04 and Maracle replaced Ranford.
Forsberg, who has points in nine of Colorado's 10 playoff games, scored his third goal at 8:21 of the third period. Kamensky made it 5-0 with his first goal with 8:32 left in the game.
Kozlov scored his fifth on a power play with 5:20 remaining, Deadmarsh countered with 3:24 left and Kozlov scored again with 43 seconds to go.
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