Jiri Hudler scored his first goal of the season and Jimmy Howard made 21 saves as the Detroit Red Wings posted a 3-1 victory over the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.
Daniel Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi also scored for the Red Wings (11-3-1), who have won six of their last seven games. With the win, Howard improved to 9-1-1 on the season.
Defenseman John-Michael Liles scored his first goal of the season on a 5-on-3 power play at 5:28 of the third period for the Avalanche (8-7-1), who saw their two-game winning streak come to an end.
Hudler, who was elevated to the second line in an effort to break his slump, scored 30 seconds into the second period when he banked his shot from behind the goal line off Peter Budaj to give Detroit a 2-0 lead. Hudler also had a team-high four shots.
Cleary and Johan Franzen have a team-leading seven goals apiece while veteran defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom had an assist to extend his point scoring streak to 11 games.
Starting his eighth straight game in place of the injured Craig Anderson, Budaj made 22 saves to fall to 5-3-1 on the season.