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Semyon Varlamov made 43 saves, and Blake Comeau scored in both the third period and the shootout to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings

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DETROIT — lifted his team to a win on a night when the rest of the Colorado Avalanche were outplayed thoroughly.

Varlamov made 43 saves and scored in both the third period and the shootout to help the Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night. It was the highest save total of the season for Varlamov.

"He was phenomenal for us," Colorado coach said. "We had back-to-back games and got in late last night. Not trying to find an excuse, but they're a good puck-possession team. Our goalie needed to be our best player for us to win and he was."

also scored for the Avalanche, who won despite being outshot 45-21. Colorado has won nine of its last 12 road games.

and scored for Detroit, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.

"I thought we played really good," Red Wings coach said. "I thought our energy level was great, I thought we won tons of puck races and puck battles in the 'O' zone, I thought we shot the puck well, we had net presence. ... What you can really control is your process and I thought our process was great."

The Avalanche, who won at Ottawa on Thursday, improved to 6-2 on the season in the second game of back-to-backs. The shootout went four rounds, and Comeau ended it by beating with a wrist shot to the glove side.

Datsyuk scored Detroit's only goal of the shootout. Varlamov denied , and .

had Colorado's first goal of the shootout on the third attempt by the Avalanche — Detroit would have won if Mrazek had stopped him.

"We play a team game. A goalie can't win a game by himself," Varlamov said. "We scored two nice goals, and then in the shootout a nice goal by Nate saved us and then Blake scored on a nice shot."

Duchene opened the scoring in the first period after the Red Wings were sloppy with the puck in their own zone. Colorado's backhanded a pass to Duchene, who scored from around the edge of the crease.

Detroit evened it up in the second when Ericsson's wrist shot from the point deflected off Duchene and then skipped off the ice surface and past Varlamov.

Comeau put Colorado ahead in the third with a shot from the slot, but the Red Wings answered on a power play when Datsyuk backhanded the puck past Varlamov from in close with 10:09 remaining in regulation.

The Avalanche had 25 blocked shots to Detroit's four, underscoring just how much of the game was played in Colorado's zone, but the Red Wings came away with just the one point for the shootout loss. Nyquist had a great chance in overtime when he swooped in alone on Varlamov, but his backhander was stopped.

Detroit's had a career-high nine shots on goal.

"He's shooting from everywhere," Detroit's said. "I was hoping one would go in for him, but I think it's a good sign that he's getting a lot of chances."

NOTE: Detroit D returned after missing two games with a sore groin, and D played after leaving Detroit's win over Ottawa on Wednesday during the third period because of a bruised right leg. ... The Red Wings were short-handed for the final 92 seconds of overtime, but managed to kill the penalty.


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PHOTO: Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg (40), of Sweden, congratulates defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, center, of Sweden, after Ericsson scored a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg (40), of Sweden, congratulates defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, center, of Sweden, after Ericsson scored a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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