Holmstrom Scores Two as Red Wings Down Coyotes

Tomas Holmstrom scored two goals and Jimmy Howard stopped 35 shots Saturday night as the Detroit Red Wings earned a 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

The goals were the team-leading fourteenth and fifteenth for Holmstrom. Both came on net-front deflections, a Holmstrom specialty.

With 5:16 left in the first period and a Detroit power play having just expired, Holmstrom tipped a long shot by Nicklas Lidstrom past Ilya Bryzgalov to put the Red Wings on the board.

Matthew Lombardi evened things up at 5:53 of the second, taking advantage of a five-on-three for the Coyotes to get to the far side of Howard’s net and bang in a shot off a cross-crease feed from former Red Wing Robert Lang.

Holmstrom put Detroit up again with 19 seconds left in the middle period, deflecting another Lidstrom shot.

Pavel Datsyuk beat Bryzgalov with a shot from the slot into the top corner of the net on a Red Wings power play 5:51 into the third period and Darren Helm added an empty net goal to wrap up the scoring.

Detroit finished the night one-for-four on the power play, as did Phoenix.

Bryzgalov stopped 32 of 35 shots against.

The Red Wings continue their season-high five-game road trip on Tuesday in Anaheim.

The game was the 900th of Todd Bertuzzi‘s career.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development.

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