Holmstrom Leads Red Wings Past Flames

Tomas Holmstrom scored twice on the power play Wednesday night, helping the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-3 win over the visiting Calgary Flames.

The goals lifted Holmstrom into a tie with Brendan Shanahan for fifth place all-time in Red Wings power play goals scored.

Holmstrom opened the game's scoring at 6:14 of the first period, deflecting a shot intentionally fired wide of the net by Nicklas Lidstrom past Calgary netminder Miikka Kiprusoff midway through a Detroit power play.

Jarome Iginla evened things back up just 44 seconds into the second, getting the puck on the right wing on a three-on-two and wristing a shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

Brendan Morrison put the Flames up 2-1 2:12 later, getting into the left faceoff circle untouched and blasting a shot past Howard.

Former Flame Ian White, appearing in his first game since blocking a shot with his face on November 12, tied things back up at 7:38 of the middle frame. White drifted from the high slot to the right wing boards with the puck, finally flinging a shot on net that found its way through past Kiprusoff.

Holmstrom's second of the night put the Red Wings back into the lead. At 2:42 of the third he took a Pavel Datsyuk pass at the edge of the crease and spun around, backhanding a shot past Kiprusoff from in close.

Calgary's Olli Jokinen replied 2:24 later, snapping a shot from the left faceoff circle past Howard for a power play goal.

Pavel Datsyuk put the Red Wings in front yet again with 7:21 remaining. With the Red Wings on a two-man advantage, Datsyuk sent the puck to the front of the net and it deflected off the skate of defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, bouncing through Kiprusoff's pads.

Valtteri Filppula made it 5-3 1:14 later when his backhand attempt deflected off the stick of defenseman Chris Butler and past Kiprusoff just three seconds after the close of a power play chance.

The Red Wings finished the night three-for-four on the power play. The Flames scored on one of their four tries with the extra attacker.

Howard made 19 saves on 22 shots against while Kiprusoff stopped 25 of the 30 Detroit chances he faced.

The Red Wings, winners of three in a row, next play in Boston in the inaugural Thanksgiving Showdown on Friday.


Notes: With Ian White's return to the Detroit lineup, Brendan Smith was a healthy scratch. Smith was kept in Detroit in case Brad Stuart was unable to play but with both White and Stuart healthy, Smith was returned to the Griffins after the game... Fabian Brunnstrom was sent to the Griffins for the night to make room for Smith on the roster. He returned to Detroit when Smith was sent down... Patrick Eaves and Mike Commodore were healthy scratches for the Red Wings.

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I'm back and so is Ian White, who rejoins the Red Wings tonight as they host the Calgary Flames.

White missed four games with a fractured cheekbone after blocking a shot with his face against Dallas on November 12.

Brendan Smith will be the odd-man out for Detroit, unless Brad Stuart is unable to go. Stuart is expected to be a game-time decision. If he can play, Smith will be returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Johan Franzen will also be a game-time decision, with Patrick Eaves taking his spot if he can't play.

Mike Commodore is the other scratch on defense. With Fabian Brunnstrom having been sent to GR to make room for Smith to stick around, there are no additional forward scratches.

Jimmy Howard gets yet another start in goal.

Game time is 7:00 PM. FSD has the TV.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/23/2011 at 5:49 PM

 

Franzen and Stuart are good to go. Smith, Eaves and Commodore are the scratches.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/23/2011 at 7:08 PM

 

LETS GO WINGS!!!

They look hungry so far....

Posted by DetroitRiver on 11/23/2011 at 7:14 PM

 

Real nice deflection there. No chance for Kipper.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/23/2011 at 7:19 PM

 

LIDSY!!!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 11/23/2011 at 7:19 PM

 

Kind of slow first period. I don't mind if it means Calgary isn't getting anything but I'd feel better if the Wings had more time in the Flames' zone.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/23/2011 at 7:47 PM

 

Not thrilled with the Iginla goal. Rare case bad D by Lidstrom, or at least miscommunication with the forward coming back.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/23/2011 at 8:05 PM

 

Just like that. Hell of a shot by Morrison but, damn.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/23/2011 at 8:06 PM

 

Way to blow the lead Wings...

In 2 minutes...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 11/23/2011 at 8:08 PM

 

Nice job White!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 11/23/2011 at 8:14 PM

 

Welcome back, Ian White. Not sure how that made it through.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/23/2011 at 8:14 PM

 

That second angle looked like it hit a Calgary stick...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 11/23/2011 at 8:33 PM

 

Bad first five minutes of the period for the Wings but they really dominated the final 15. Third will be interesting.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/23/2011 at 8:36 PM

 

Sweet Howie!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 11/23/2011 at 8:36 PM

 

Homer!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 11/23/2011 at 8:58 PM

 

Great hands by Homer. Kinda shocked that didn't get called back on reputation.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/23/2011 at 8:58 PM

 

The Zebras loose their whistle or what?

Posted by DetroitRiver on 11/23/2011 at 9:01 PM

 

Knew it'd be bad when Helm lost his stick. Ugh.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/23/2011 at 9:02 PM

 

Jimmy... Damn, that was close.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/23/2011 at 9:05 PM

 

Nice hustle Helm!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 11/23/2011 at 9:14 PM

 

Red Wave!!!!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 11/23/2011 at 9:18 PM

 

Is it too much to ask for one more?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/23/2011 at 9:18 PM

 

Apparently not. Very nice goal there and Bert with a big screen.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/23/2011 at 9:19 PM

 

Fed off the tail of that penalty...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 11/23/2011 at 9:20 PM

 

Wow, can't believe Sutter didn't pull Kipper for an extra attacker at the end there.

Big win, keep the streak going and climb in the standings.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/23/2011 at 9:32 PM

 
Tomas Holmstrom

Tomas Holmstrom
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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