Skip to main content

Tomas Holmstrom score twice in Red Wings' 3-2 victory over Canucks

Matt Ellis also had a goal, Brian Rafalski added two assists, and Dominik Hasek made 13 saves for the Red Wings. Matt Cooke and Daniel Sedin scored for Vancouver, and Robert Luongo stopped 36 shots.

Sedin made it close with a power-play goal 1:47 into the third period. With Henrik Zetterberg off for hooking, Sedin backhanded a loose puck past Hasek from the slot.

In the second, Holmstrom scored twice in the second period.

Holmstrom gave the Red Wings a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal 2:23 into the period. Rafalski's slap shot from the point deflected off the shaft of Holmstrom's stick and into the net.

Cooke put Vancouver on the board at 5:33 when his slap shot from the high slot deflected in off of Detroit's Aaron Downey.

Holmstrom's seventh goal restored the Red Wings' two-goal lead with 4:20 left in the period when. He converted a cross-crease pass from Zetterberg after Pavel Datsyuk stole the puck from defenceman Willie Mitchell behind the net.

Ellis opened the scoring with 2:26 left in the second period, sliding a loose puck into an empty net as Luongo was being knocked down by teammate Lukas Krajicek.

Notes: Vancouver D Sami Salo made his season debut. He fractured his wrist during a scrimmage in training camp. ... Detroit RW Dallas Drake missed the game because of a hairline fracture of his cheek bone. ... Canucks C Ryan Kesler is from the Detroit suburb of Livonia. ... Vancouver C Rick Rypien left in the second period because of a hand injury. ... Zetterberg has at least a point in all 10 games this season and leads the NHL with 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists.

TOP HEADLINES

USATSI_12694039

Will Bergeron and DeBrusk Return to the Bruins?

The Boston Bruins' first-round elimination by the Carolina Hurricanes leaves general manager Don Sweeney facing some interesting off-season decisions.

2022 IIHF World Championship

Men's World Championship Roundup: Tight Games Aplenty

Sweden and Switzerland are still looking strong, while Norway and France both scored big wins, in Wednesday's World Championship action in Finland.

Screenshot_1
Play

From the Archives: The Magic Elixir That Amazed the Rangers

Since there was nothing in the National Hockey League's 1950-51 rulebook that forbade the Rangers from drinking a "magic elixir" to gain a playoff berth, the Blueshirts did sip -- and sip and sip.