An Early Candidate for Top 10 Games of 2010-11

Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have ourselves an early candidate for the Top 10 Games of 2010-11.

Last night, the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings made for an entertaining contest. Here's the breakdown...

First Period

Johan Franzen gets Detroit on the board first 2:34 into the game with his second goal of the year to give the Wings a 1-0 lead. After a fight 11:12 in, the Avalanche score to tie the game on a goal by David Jones at 16:56. (Sorry, I haven't got a Davy Jones Locker joke ready. Maybe another time.)

Second Period

Pavel Datsyuk gets the Wings a 2-1 lead at 2:50, then go up by two goals when Johan Franzen got his second of the night and third of the year, scoring at 13:02. Ryan O'Reilly manages to pull the Avalanche to within one with 49 seconds left.

Third Period

Daniel Winnik ties the game for Colorado at 4:43. While Ruslan Salei was serving a hooking infraction, Patrick Eaves scored a shorthanded marker to give the Wings yet another lead, this one scored at 7:52. Nearly 3½ minutes later, David Jones scored his second of the game and year to tie the game 4-4.

Overtime

Detroit had some quality chances in overtime, and a couple of those shots went to the outside of the net.

Shootout

With the score still tied 4-4 through 65 minutes, a shootout was required to settle the situation.

Shootout Breakdown

DET: Datsyuk with a wrister that was stopped by Budaj.
COL: Hejduk with a backhander that was stopped by Howard.
DET: Hudler also tried a backhanded shot that was stopped.
COL: Stewart tried a wrister himself. That was stopped by Howard.
DET: Bertuzzi's backhanded shot didn't get past Budaj.
COL: Duchene's backhanded shot also failed.
DET: Franzen with a snapper that didn't get past Budaj.
COL: Jones' wrist shot failed to beat Howard.
DET: Modano fired a snapper that hit the crossbar.
COL: O'Reilly couldn't snap one by Howard.
DET: Zetterberg tries the backhand. No dice.
COL: Yip fires a wrister and it goes in! Avalanche win 5-4 in the shootout!

As you can see, Brandon Yip was the only one to score in the shootout, and in the 6th round it happened, giving the Avalanche the come-from-behind victory, and handing the Red Wings, who had not trailed at all this season, their first loss of the season, although picking up a point in the process.