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Red Wings catch fire at right time

by Phil Coffey / Detroit Red Wings
Red Wings fans who tuned in Monday night to see Detroit in action against the Calgary Flames couldn't help but say, "Now those are the real Red Wings."

Tomas Holmstrom re-directing a Johan Franzen shot with 1:19 left to secure a vital win is indeed what Wings fans have come to expect over the years, and the two points were huge in the standings as they opened a three-point cushion on Calgary and closed within one point of Nashville for the seventh seed in the West.

"It was such a huge win to gain two points on them, but we still can't relax," captain Nicklas Lidstrom told Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. "It's going to be tough from here on in, but this was a big win for us."

For sure, but being included in the top eight is a lot easier than being on the outside looking in.

The victory against the Flames was the Red Wings' third straight, their first such streak since the middle of December.

"It's a good win for us," coach Mike Babcock said. "If we play good, we're going to get into the playoffs, so that's what we try to do. What I like is, I think we've won seven of our last nine. It looks like we're going in the right direction."

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