The Red Wings won a game Thursday but are feeling more fortunate today they didn’t lose a major player Niklas Kronwall to a serious injury. Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk scored two goals leading the Red Wings to a 4-2 victory over the Avalanche. Franzen’s second power-play goal his second goal this season broke a 2-2 tie at 7 minutes10 seconds of the third period then Datsyuk converted a feed from Daniel Alfredsson at 13:35 to give the Red Wings a two-goal lead. The victory stretched the Red Wings winning streak to four games while ending the Avalanche’s six-game winning streak. “We’re happy with the win” Datsyuk said. “It’s a young team and they skate really fast. They had chances. But our goalie (Jonas Gustavsson) had another outstanding game.” Gustavsson had 38 saves while winning his third consecutive start this week with Jimmy Howard out with a bruised left hand. “Gus could have been the first start three straight games” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. But the victory was marred by an injury to Kronwall early in the game. Kronwall left the game at 2:13 of the first period on a stretcher the team later announcing he had a concussion and cuts near his ear. Kronwall was skating back to retrieve a puck when Avalanche forward Cody McLeod checked him into the boards Kronwall’s head hitting the area between the glass and dasherboards. “Everybody on the bench couldn’t breathe thinking different thoughts” Datsyuk said. The Red Wings twitter feed and the Colorado press box both announced Kronwall had a concussion and was being treated for cuts near his ear in the locker room.
Red Wings end Avalanche streak, lose Niklas Kronwall to concussion
Detroit News | Oct 18