The Detroit Red Wings continue their dominance at home on Wednesday night, with a 5-3 win against the Calgary Flames. The Red Wings out shot the Flames 30-22, and are 8-2-1 at home this season.
Jimmy Howard starting his thirteenth game in a row, stopped 19 out 22 Flames shots in route to his 11th win of the season. In Howard's last nine starts, Howard is 7-2 and has only given up more than two goals twice.
Tomas Holmstrom started the scoring off in the first period by doing what he does best, screening Mikka Kiprusoff. On the power play, Nickals Lidstrom let a shot go from the point, and the end result was a Holmstrom tip in at the top of the crease, his second of the year.
In the second period, Jarome Iginla tied the game up with his sixth of the season by beating Howard glove side with a wrist shot. Calgary then took the lead on a Brendan Morrison slap shot right above the face off circle, for his first of the year. Red Wings battle back with a goal by Ian White, his first game back after taking a shot off his cheek over a week ago, with a shot from against the boards that sneaks past Kiprusoff for his fourth of the year.
In the third period, the Red Wings took the lead early with a power play goal by Tomas Holmstrom, his second of the night and his 115 power play goal of his career, tying him for for fifth-place in Red Wings history. Calgary would come right back and tie the game at three goals a piece. On the power play, Olie Jokinen would get his fifth goal of the year with a wrist shot set up by a great pass by TJ Brodie. Detroit would then take the lead back again. While on a 5 on 3 power play, Datsyuk would take a pass from Nickals Lidsrom and throw the puck at the net. The pass would deflect off of a Flames defenseman and pass Kiprusoff for Datsyuks fifth of the year. Just over a minute later, Valtteri Flippula would fire a backhander over Kiprusoffs shoulder, for his fourth of the year and giving the Red Wings a 5-3 lead.
The Red Wings were 3 for 4 on the power play while the Flames were only 1 for 4. Detroit has now won 7 out of their last 9 games.
The Red Wings will travel to Boston to face the Bruins for a early matinee game at 1 pm on Friday.