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The Detroit Red Wings finished up a bad road trip on a good note.

Vyacheslav Kozlov and rookie Stacy Roest scored second-period goals and backup goalie Norm Maracle had 21 saves, leading the Red Wings over the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Sunday.

Maracle, getting his second straight start, allowed only a third-period goal to Joe Sakic to snap the Red Wings' three-game losing streak and end Colorado's three-game winning streak.

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  • "We haven't done very well on the road this year," Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman said, "but now we have 15 games left 10 at home and only five on the road. We've virtually done our traveling."

    "Now we'll get some guys back who are getting healthier Uwe Krupp, Todd Gill, Brent Gilchrist, Joey Kocur."

    The Red Wings also will welcome back Sergei Fedorov, who on Sunday sat out the last game of a five-game NHL suspension for slashing.

    With the win, which capped a 2-4 trip, Detroit stayed six points ahead of runnerup St. Louis in the Central Division (72-66) and narrowed Colorado's lead in the battle for the No. 2 record in the conference to four points (76-72).

    "It would have been disappointing if we lost tonight," Maracle said. "We won the last game on the road, and now maybe we can go home and continue winning."

    "I haven't played a whole lot this year because Ozzie (Chris Osgood) is our No. 1 goaltender. When you're No. 2 or 3 and you get to play two games in a row, it's a big bonus. When I get my chances, I've got to play really well. They said last game I played pretty good. I had to have another good performance so hopefully I can play in the future."

    Bowman said Maracle was "very solid, in control. We gave him good protection."

    Patrick Roy had 25 saves for Colorado, which continued to struggle at home. Colorado is 13-14-4 at home this season and 1-5-2 in its last eight home games.

    "Were playing real stupid at home," Adam Deadmarsh said. "We're in the box a lot more and having to kill penalties, and it's tough to win hockey games that way."

    After the game, the Avalanche got more bad news. X-rays showed Valeri Kamensky suffered a broken right forearm in the third period and will be sidelined indefinitely.

    Igor Larionov scored Detroit's third goal, a short-handed empty-netter at 18:57 of the third period after Roy had left the ice during a Colorado power play.

    Neither team scored in a first period that was interrupted by a shattered pane of glass after Colorado's Chris Drury slammed Detroit's Anders Eriksson into the boards.

    Because of the anticipated time to replace the glass, referee Dave Jackson ordered both teams to the locker room for intermission, and the remaining 4:08 was then played immediately before the second period.

    Late in the first period, Colorado's Peter Forsberg, blindsided by Kirk Maltby, drew a double-minor penalty for cross checking and roughing when he retaliated against Maltby. But the Red Wings were unable to capitalize on the ensuing power play that lasted 2:33.

    Kozlov scored the game's first goal early in the second period on a power play. Larionov fought through the Colorado defense and dropped a pass to Kovlov, who scored his 19th goal at 4:25.

    At 8:12, Detroit went ahead 2-0 on Roest's third goal of the season. Colorado defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh was momentarily taken out of the play when he took a puck to the face. Larry Murphy raced down the right side and fed Roest, who scored from a difficult angle just to the right of the net.

    Both Detroit's Kris Draper and Colorado's Sakic hit goal posts on scoring opportunities later in the period. Drury and Kamensky missed on breakaway opportunities.

    Moments after an apparent goal by Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom was disallowed because his left skate was in the crease, Sakic made it 2-1 at 11:20 of the third period, taking a pass in the slot from Adam Foote.

    Colorado's Theo Fleury missed his sixth straight game with a sprained knee.

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