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Detroit at St. Louis

Holmstrom extends goal streak, helps Red Wings fend off Blues

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ST. LOUIS -- Tomas Holmstrom and the Detroit Red Wings kept their road winning streak going at the expense of the St. Louis Blues.

Holmstrom scored for the fourth consecutive game, and Pavel Datsyuk added two assists in the Red Wings' 4-3 victory against the Blues on Wednesday night.

The Red Wings improved to 3-0 on the road and ended the Blues' season-opening home winning streak at three. Detroit is 4-0-1 after opening with a loss to Toronto.

"We've been a pretty good road team," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "To be a championship level team, you have to be good in both places."

Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Lidstrom and Johan Franzen also scored for Detroit. Keith Tkachuk, Brad Boyes and T.J. Oshie scored for the Blues.

Lidstrom said he knows Holmstrom will get his goals.

"Holmstrom is good at finding an open spot," Lidstrom said. "He doesn't need much to put the puck in the net."

Zetterberg, back in the lineup after missing two games because of a strained groin, opened the scoring midway through the first period.

Holmstrom made it 2-0 on a power play early in the second, one-timing Marian Hossa's pass past goalie Manny Legace. Detroit has scored at least one power-play goal in its last four games. The Red Wings added a power-play goal late in the period, with Lidstrom whistling a slap shot past the screened Legace for a 3-0 lead.

"We were star struck for two periods," Legace said. "We watched them skate around."

The Blues bounced back with a power-play goal with 31.9 seconds remaining in the period when Tkachuk deflected a pass behind goalie Ty Conklin. Tkachuk has 507 career goals. He has scored in every game this season and eight straight dating to last season.

Boyes cut the lead to 3-2 moments after coming out of the penalty box. He wristed a shot past Conklin midway through the third for his fifth goal of the season.

Franzen restored Detroit's two-goal lead with his fourth of the season at 14:09.

Blues coach Andy Murray praised the Red Wings for their effort.

"They've got a tremendous amount of talent and skill," Murray said. "Our game wasn't up to our standards tonight."

With Legace off for an extra attacker, Oshie scored his first career goal with 1:24 remaining.

Notes

  • Blues forward D.J. King will have season-ending shoulder surgery.
  • The Blues claimed David Koci off waivers from Tampa Bay and called up goalie Ben Bishop, a St. Louis product, from Peoria of the AHL.
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Brad Boyes' shot beats Detroit's Ty Conklin, but he stops 21 other shots to earn the victory.  (US Presswire)
Brad Boyes' shot beats Detroit's Ty Conklin, but he stops 21 other shots to earn the victory. (US Presswire)

Scoreboard
Detroit  (4-1-1) «1214
St. Louis (4-2-0)0123
Three Stars
H. Zetterberg
DET


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
P. Datsyuk
DET


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
K. Tkachuk
STL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
11:52Henrik Zetterberg (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Samuelsson, Franzen
2ND PERIOD
01:23Power Play - Tomas Holmstrom (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Hossa, Datsyuk
17:51Power Play - Nicklas Lidstrom (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Rafalski, Datsyuk
19:28Power Play - Keith Tkachuk (7), Tip-In. Assist: McDonald, Boyes
3RD PERIOD
10:07Brad Boyes (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: McClement
14:09Johan Franzen (4), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
18:36Power Play - T.J. Oshie (1), Tip-In. Assist: Kariya, McDonald
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
14:01Hossa, 2 min, Holding
2ND PERIOD
55.0Backes, 2 min, Holding the Stick
08:18Stuart, 2 min, Tripping
16:13Wagner, 2 min, High-Sticking
18:09Kronwall, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
07:16Lebda, 2 min, Tripping
08:01Boyes, 2 min, High-Sticking
14:41Jackman, 2 min, Roughing
14:41Maltby, 2 min, Elbowing
17:52Kronwall, 2 min, Slashing
19:20Backes, 2 min, Roughing
19:20Stuart, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
 123T
Detroit1414634
St. Louis89724
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Ty Conklin60:00213
Manny Legace57:23304
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Detroit2-for-4
St. Louis2-for-4
Game Information
Attendance - 19150
Referees - Chris Rooney, Tim Peel
Linesmen - Darren Gibbs, Brian Mach
 
Other Games
Edm 0 Final
Chi 3
SJ 7 Final
Phi 6
Fla 3 Final
Ott 1
Dal 0 Final
NJ 5