Red Wings Go Up 3-0 on Avs

Colorado pushed to brink of elimination
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2008 12:06 AM CDT
Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, left, of Russia, scores a goal against Colorado Avalanche goalie Jose Theodore in the second period of Game 3.   (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
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(Newser) – The usually heated Colorado-Detroit matchup has never been this one-sided, on the scoreboard or in the trainer's room. Pavel Datsyuk scored twice and Johan Franzen picked up his sixth goal of the series, putting the Red Wings on the cusp of the Western Conference finals with a 4-3 victory Tuesday night over the ailing Avalanche.

The Red Wings can wrap up the series with a win in Game 4 on Thursday night at the Pepsi Center. None of the five previous playoff series between the archrivals ever ended in a sweep. The Avs have lost all seven times they played Detroit this season, including three shutouts in the regular season. To advance to the conference finals, they'll have to become the first team in 33 years to overcome a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs.