Holmstrom Scores Twice in Return, Wings win in Shootout

Tomas Holmstrom returned to the Detroit lineup Monday night, scoring twice in his first game after missing two and helping the Red Wings earn a 4-3 win over the visiting Washington Capitals.

Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler all scored shootout goals to break the tie after overtime.

Both Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek and Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig made 27 saves on 30 shots before the shootout. Two goals for each team were scored on the power play.

Holmstrom's first goal of the night opened the game's scoring just 3:57 in. On a Red Wings power play, Datsyuk passed off to Nicklas Lidstrom as the defender jumped towards the goal. Lidstrom pushed the puck over to Holmstrom who deflected it past Kolzig with his skate from the top of the crease.

Alexander Ovechkin evened the game up with a Washington power play goal at 9:58. Michael Nylander beat Pavel Datsyuk on a draw in the Detroit zone and the puck came straight to Ovechkin for a one-timer past Hasek.

With 26 seconds left in the first, Jeff Shultz gave the Capitals the lead, firing a shot from the blue line that was deflected and fluttered over Hasek before dropping into the net.

Henrik Zetterberg tied things back up on a Red Wings power play with 9:34 left in the middle period. Quick passing moved the puck from Zetterberg to Lidstrom to Datsyuk and back across to Zetterberg for a one-timer past Kolzig from the right faceoff circle.

Holmstrom's second put Detroit back out in front with just 4:43 remaining in regulation. Datsyuk threw the puck to the front of the net from the right wing and Holmstrom was there to tap it in.

The Capitals pulled even again with only 1:34 remaining, scoring on a power play. Tom Poti sent the puck from the right wing boards out to Alexander Semin in the slot for a one-timer past Hasek.

The goal came on Washington's seventh power play of the night. The Capitals were awarded the last four power plays of the game. Detroit had four overall.

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Tomas Holmstrom returns to the lineup tonight, with Mark Hartigan sent back to Grand Rapids. Kris Draper could have gone but is playing it safe instead.

Dominik Hasek gets the start in net for the Red Wings. Brent "Sid Abel's grandson" Johnson looks to be getting the start for Washington.

This is Alex Ovechkin's first visit to Joe Louis Arena.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2007 at 3:39 PM

 

Turns out that Kolzig is in net.

He can't stop Holmstrom, though. Power play goal!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2007 at 7:19 PM

 

Real nice shot by Ovechkin. Not much the Wings could have done there but win the faceoff.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2007 at 7:30 PM

 

Looks like the Caps did their homework on our defense

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/17/2007 at 7:55 PM

 

Great passing leading to the Zetterberg goal but the Wings still seem on their heels.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2007 at 8:24 PM

 

Garbage call!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/17/2007 at 8:39 PM

 

Wings just got lucky as hell with the Caps missing an open net. They're getting burned right now.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2007 at 9:07 PM

 

Welcome back Homer! Big, big goal, Wings have been getting their asses kicked.

Didn't mention it earlier but good to see Samuelsson make it back onto the ice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2007 at 9:28 PM

 

Bah. Could have been a regulation win. Wings did everything they could do to shoot themselves in the foot. Now we have OT.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2007 at 9:36 PM

 

Wings played their best hockey of the game in the first half of the OT. Then Dom kept them in with that huge save.

Damn shootout.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2007 at 9:41 PM

 

All three of those shootout goals looked so great. Good to see with how bad they've been in shootouts from time to time.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2007 at 9:48 PM

 

Great scoring by PAVS, HENRIK and JIRI in the Shootout. DOM came up big in the OT a couple of times.

First time in a long time that the WINGS were out shot in regulation.

Posted by skyguy52 on 12/17/2007 at 9:54 PM

 

Wings played their best hockey of the game in the first half of the OT. Then Dom kept them in with that huge save.Damn shootout.


I thought the WINGS looked strong in OT as well.

Posted by skyguy52 on 12/17/2007 at 9:56 PM

 

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