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Red Wings 3, Canucks 2

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:33 AM

Associated Press

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Red Wings 3, Canucks 2
Vancouver Canucks 2, Detroit Red Wings 3

DETROIT (AP) -A few penalties haven't discouraged Tomas Holmstrom.

The Detroit forward scored twice to help the Red Wings beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Wednesday night. Matt Ellis also had a goal, Brian Rafalski added two assists, and Dominik Hasek made 13 saves for the Red Wings.

Holmstrom frustrates opposing goals because he sets up right in front of the net, especially on power plays, and is a master of tip-ins, and banging in rebounds and loose pucks. He also makes it difficult for defensemen.

"Obviously he's a big body and battles hard in front of the net," Vancouver's Sami Salo said. "It's a tough battle for the 'D' and also for the goalie."

But this season, it appears that the officials have been watching the 6-foot, 200-pound winger a little closer. Holmstrom has had three goals called back and gotten whistled for goalie interference. He leads Detroit with 22 penalty minutes.

He was penalized for goalie interference with 8:17 left in the first period.

"I don't think he deserves the penalties that he gets," linemate Henrik Zetterberg said.

But Holmstrom stuck to his game and scored both his goals from close range in the second period.

He 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.

"It's a power play, so I know the shot's going to come," he said. "Sure enough, here it comes and I get the tip."

Matt 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.

But 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 defenseman Willie Mitchell behind the net.

"It was an easy tap in," said Holmstrom.

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

Roberto Luongo stopped 36 shots for the Canucks.

The Red Wings created a lot of traffic in front of him for the entire game, and he thought they were allowed to take liberties.

"It happened three times in the first 25 minutes, and one of them was a goal," Luongo said. "I didn't see the replay on it yet so I don't know exactly what happened. I'm sure it was definitely part of their game plan."

On Detroit's first goal, by Ellis, Luongo's own teammate - Lukas Krajicek - knocked him down as Ellis slid a loose puck into the empty net with 2:26 left in the opening period.

"I think our guys were determined," Red Wing coach Mike Babcock said. "They got to the net, had some chances, and created some screens."

But Holmstrom has learned a lesson from being penalized so often this season.

"I've got to be a little more careful," he said.

Notes: 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 broken finger on his left hand. ... 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.

scoring summary
1st Period
17:34
DET
Matt Ellis (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (4), Brian Rafalski (7)
1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
02:23
DET
PPG - Tomas Holmstrom (6) Tip-in - ASST: Brian Rafalski (8), Nicklas Lidstrom (6)
2 - 0 DET
05:33
VAN
Matt Cooke (2) Slapshot - ASST: Alexander Edler (1), Alexandre Burrows (4)
2 - 1 DET
15:40
DET
Tomas Holmstrom (7) Tip-in - ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (11), Pavel Datsyuk (9)
3 - 1 DET
3rd Period
01:47
VAN
PPG - Daniel Sedin (4) Snap shot - ASST: Henrik Sedin (7), Lukas Krajicek (4)
3 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
00:41
DET
Daniel Cleary  Boarding against  Alexandre Burrows
11:43
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Interference on goalkeeper against  Roberto Luongo
15:04
DET
Matt Ellis  Hooking against  Brad Isbister
2nd Period
02:04
VAN
Aaron Miller  Hooking against  Pavel Datsyuk
11:33
DET
Brett Lebda  Hooking against  Mason Raymond
12:28
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Tripping against  Henrik Zetterberg
17:41
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Hooking against  Tomas Kopecky
3rd Period
00:57
DET
Henrik Zetterberg  Hooking against  Daniel Sedin
14:52
VAN
Taylor Pyatt  Tripping against  Kris Draper
14:52
DET
Kris Draper  Tripping against  Taylor Pyatt
15:50
VAN
Brad Isbister  Too many men/ice - bench
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
SA: 39TOI: 58:51
Saves: 36EV: 29 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .923SH: 2 - 2
Dominik Hasek
SA: 15TOI: 60:00
Saves: 13EV: 9 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .867SH: 2 - 2