DENVER (AP) — J.T. Compher scored his first NHL goal, Calvin Pickard stopped 27 shots and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Matt Duchene scored his first goal in 12 games and Carl Soderberg added his first in 18 games as the NHL-worst Avalanche won at home for the third time in four tries. They are 11-22-2 at the Pepsi Center this season.
Andreas Athanasiou scored for the Red Wings, who, like their once-hated rival, are well out of the playoff hunt. Jimmy Howard made 26 saves in his second start since returning from a knee injury that had kept him out since Dec. 20.
The Avalanche were shut out for the 12th time this season in a 1-0 loss to Arizona on Monday, tying a franchise record set in 2008-09. It took them 1½ periods to break through against Detroit.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
— The Flyers had dropped three in a row until Wayne Simmonds scored his 200th goal and Steve Mason turned back 23 shots in a 4-0 shutout of Pittsburgh. Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Dale Weise also tallied to back Mason, who claimed his third shutout of the season and 33rd of his career. The Penguins end a 3-1-1 road trip with consecutive losses after winning the first three games. They remain two points behind the Capitals.
— The Calgary Flames' franchise record-tying 10-game winning streak is over. David Pastrnak scored twice and Brad Marchand notched his league-high 36th goal as the Boston Bruins picked up their fourth consecutive win, 5-2 at Calgary. Anton Khudobin stopped 21 shots and helped the Bruins improve to 12-3-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy. The outcome puts Boston within four points of the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens and drops the Flames two points behind second-place Anaheim in the Pacific Division.
— The Ducks beat St. Louis, 2-1 behind Jonathan Bernier's 26-save performance. Ryan Getzlaf set up Rickard Rakell's 30th goal of the season before netting the eventual game-winner.
THURSDAY'S GAMES (All Times EDT)
Minnesota at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Winnipeg at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Nashville at Washington, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Florida at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Boston at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Detroit at Arizona, 10 p.m.
Dallas at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
St. Louis at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.