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Detroit Red Wings smothered by Avalanche fightback

DETROIT (Reuters) - The Colorado Avalanche erased a two-goal deficit before handing the Detroit Red Wings a first loss of the season when Brandon Yip netted the winner in the sixth round of a shootout on Tuesday.

Yip was the only player to score in the shootout when he fired a wrist shot past Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard to give Colorado a 5-4 victory, the team's second win of the new season coming after Monday's loss at Philadelphia.

Colorado (2-1-0) displayed an intense fighting spirit to battle back to parity three times, including from a 3-1 hole after Detroit's Johan Franzen scored his second goal of the contest 13 minutes into the second period.

However, the Avalanche replied once more when David Jones beat Howard with a backhand shot a little over eight minutes from the end of regulation to score his second goal of the contest.

"We've got a lot of fight in us," Jones told reporters. "We had Philly last night and tonight we're in Detroit, which is a tough place to play. To come back from two goals down against a team as talented as them is great."

Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom was annoyed that his team had allowed the Avalanche a chance to get back into the contest when they had opened a 4-3 lead.

"When you have a one-goal lead at home you want to take care of the puck a little better," he said.

"In the third, we had bits and pieces where we played well. They didn't give up. They created some turnovers and capitalized. Those turnovers were costly."

Despite playing catch-up on the scoreboard for most of the game, the Avalanche outshot the Red Wings 38-28.

"The whole thing was disappointing," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We weren't as good as we should have been. Our work ethic wasn't up to their work ethic. They were quicker and harder on the puck than we were."

Pavel Datsyuk scored the other Red Wings goal, the 200th of his career.

"To have that many shots in this building against that team, I think it's a good hockey night for us."

(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario; Editing by John O'Brien)