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AVALANCHE BURY RED WINGS IN NHL OPENER

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Valeri Kamensky's second goal of the game broke a third-period tie and sent the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win Friday night over the Detroit Red Wings in the first regular-season NHL game in Denver in 13 years.

With the game tied 2-2 with less than four minutes left, Kamensky took a pass from Claude Lemieux up the middle and beat Detroit goaltender Mike Vernon for the second time in the game which opened the NHL season.The season gets into full swing with 11 games on Saturday.

Kamensky's late-game heroics made it a successful home debut for the Avalanche, who played as the Quebec Nordiques last year.

The loss continued Detroit's penchant for poor starts as the Red Wings, playing without star forward Sergei Fedorov, failed to win their season opener for the 13th straight year.