Franzen gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead in the second when he got his stick on a Colorado shot from the point and then immediately began skating up the ice. Damien Brunner controlled the puck and sent a pass to Franzen, who went in alone and beat Giguere high to the glove side.
Kronwall's goal with 2:28 left in the period was more bizarre. His shot missed to the left of the net, but it bounced back and in off Giguere.
Howard made 36 saves. The most acrobatic of them came early in the third, when he stretched all the way out on his side to stop John Mitchell in front of the net. Mitchell had been left alone and had time to pull the puck to his backhand, but after maneuvering around Howard, he couldn't put the puck past him.
"It was just one of those things. You do it in practice, never give up on pucks in practice," Howard said. "Sometimes in games you come up with it."
Howard later stopped P.A. Parenteau on a breakaway.
"He was incredible tonight," Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog said. "We played a good game. We did everything we could do except score."
The Red Wings wasted a chance when they failed to take advantage of a two-man advantage in the third. The 5-on-3 situation began after Colorado's Chuck Kobasew was called for boarding Brendan Smith — a hit that led to the first hint of a scuffle all night.
NOTES: Giguere made 31 saves for the Avalanche, who will have to turn around and play at Chicago on Wednesday night.
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