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Avalanche turn back Wings in shootout

DETROIT - Brandon Yip's goal in the sixth round of the shootout gave the Colorado Avalanche a 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night.

David Jones had two goals goal and an assist in regulation, and Ryan O'Reilly and Daniel Winnik also scored for Colorado. Peter Budaj stopped 24 shots.

Johan Franzen had two goals, and Pavel Datsyuk and Patrick Eaves also scored for Detroit. Todd Bertuzzi and Nicklas Lidstrom had two assists, and Jimmy Howard made 34 saves.

Jones' second goal of the game, on a backhanded shot from the slot, tied the game with 8:24 left in the third.

Eaves' short-handed goal 7:52 into the third period gave the Red Wings a 4-3 lead. He completed a 2-on-1 by converting Darren Helm's pass after the John-Michael Liles couldn't hold the puck in at the Red Wings' blue line. It was Eaves first goal.

Winnik tied the game at 3 with his first goal, scored 4:43 into the third period when he beat Howard from the bottom of the right circle.

O'Reilly's goal with 48 seconds left in the second cut the Avalanche's deficit to 3-2. His slap shot from the left circle beat Howard after the Red Wings' Ruslan Salei and Jiri Hudler couldn't control the puck at the Colorado blue line.

Second-period goals by Datsyuk and Franzen gave Detroit a 3-1 lead.

Datsyuk's 200th NHL goal, which came on the power play 2:35 into the second, made it 2-1. He tipped in Henrik Zetterberg's slap pass for his second goal of the season.

Franzen netted his second of the game and third of the season with 6:02 left in the second period with a shot from the bottom of the right circle.

Franzen opened the scoring 2:34 into the game, and Jones tied it with 3:04 left in the first period.

NOTES: Veteran Detroit F Kirk Maltby announced his retirement before the game. Maltby, 37, played 16 seasons in the NHL and 14 with the Red Wings. He will remain with the organization as a pro scout. ... Red Wings D Brian Rafalski will be out 3-to-4 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Rafalski won't be placed on the injured list. The Red Wings recalled D Doug Janik from Grand Rapids (AHL). ... Detroit C Kris Draper (groin) was placed on the short-term injured list. ... With an assist on Winnik's goal, Colorado captain Adam Foote has 253 points with the Avalanche, tying him with Sandis Ozolinsh as the highest-scoring defenseman in franchise history.

Saying he never could have imagined playing over 1,000 NHL games and winning four Stanley Cups, Detroit Red Wings' forward Kirk Maltby announced his retirement Tuesday.

Maltby, 37, played 14 seasons with the Red Wings, mostly as a key member of the team's "Grind Line" that shut down opposing scorers and helped the Wings win four Stanley Cups.

"When I won my first Cup (if) my career would have ended the next day, I would have been satisfied," said Maltby, who choked up several times during the press conference at Joe Louis Arena. "But winning four Stanley Cups and representing my country and winning a couple of times exceed my expectations."

He played the first two seasons of his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers.

Maltby's contract expired at the end of last season and he signed a two-way contract with the opportunity to make the team. He played well in exhibitions but not well enough to earn a spot in a deep forward group. Maltby decided not to join Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

Maltby is not leaving the Red Wings, however, he'll remain in the organization as a pro scout.

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