Detroit Red Wings\' Kris Draper (33) tries to poke the puck away from Colorado Avalanche\'s Joe Sakic (19) during the first period of their NHL hockey game on Sunday, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)
Milan Hejduk had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Arnason and Brett McLean also scored for Colorado. Paul Stastny had two assists, and Peter Budaj made 31 saves.
Kris Draper had two goals, and Valtteri Filppula also scored for Detroit. Mathieu Schneider added two assists, and Chris Osgood stopped 23 shots.
Richardson poked in his own rebound just over the goal-line after taking a pass from Wojtek Wolski on a 2-on-1. Wolski had stolen the puck from Schneider at the Avalanche blue-line.
Draper's first goal of the game tied it 2-2 early in the third period. His second made it 3-3 with 1:27 left in regulation.
McLean gave the Avalanche a 3-2 lead 8:41 into the third period when he took a pass from Hejduk, broke in and put a backhand shot past Osgood.
Hejduk opened the scoring with 9:05 left in the second period when he tipped in a pass from Stastny for his 25th goal. Arnason made it 2-0 with his 15th goal. He beat Osgood from the inside edge of the left circle with 5:56 left in the middle period.
Filppula put Detroit on the board with 57 seconds left in the second when he beat Budaj from the bottom of the left circle.
Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom was awarded a penalty shot with nine seconds left in the first period after being pulled down on a breakaway by Brett Clark. Holmstrom made a couple of moves and went to his backhand, but Budaj stopped him.
Notes: Colorado D Karlis Skrastins missed his fourth game with a knee injury. . . . Detroit C Henrik Zetterberg missed his third game with a sore back and forward Dan Cleary missed his fourth contest with a knee injury. . . . The missed penalty shot was the Red Wings' 10th straight. Their last goal on a penalty shot came in 1995-96 by Igor Larionov. . . . Detroit D Chris Chelios became the third oldest (45 years and 38 days) to play in a NHL game. He passed Johnny Bower. Only Gordie Howe (52) and Moe Roberts (45 years, 11 months, and 25 days) were older.