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Red Wings prove too tough at home again

Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen beats Blues goaltender for a goal during the second period.

Associated Press

Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen beats Blues goaltender for a goal during the second period.

DETROIT — The Red Wings are good enough to win at home even if they don't get help from their opponents.

St. Louis took two costly penalties, retaliating for hard hits, and Detroit took advantage Monday.

Pavel Datsyuk tied it early in the second period on the power play, and Niklas Kronwall sealed victory late in the third as Detroit beat the Blues 3-1 for its 17th straight home win — the NHL's longest single-season streak in 36 years.

"We have such a calm team," said Jimmy Howard, who had 21 saves for his league-leading 30th win. "Nothing seems to rattle us.".

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Matthew Lombardi scored twice and Jonas Gustavsson had 25 saves as the host Maple Leafs moved into a tie for eighth in the East by topping the Islanders 3-0 in the first of a home-and-home series.

OVECHKIN SUSPENSION: The league suspended Capitals star Alex Ovechkin for three games, including one Jan. 31 against the Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Ovechkin, who launched himself into Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek on Sunday, will lose $154,677.75.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, leading the team with 27 goals, will miss tonight's game against Nashville with an upper body injury. Toews was hurt in the second period of Saturday night's 5-2 loss at Nashville and did not play in the third. The Blue Jackets activated left wing R.J. Umberger off injured reserve and recalled left wing Dane Byers from AHL Springfield.

ALL-STAR UPDATE: Oilers forward Jordan Eberle and Penguins defenseman Kris Letang were added to the roster for Sunday's game in Ottawa. Wild forward Nick Johnson will join the rookies in the skills competition. Eberle and Letang replace injured Wild forward Mikko Koivu and Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien; Johnson replaced injured Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins among rookie selections.

at Red Wings 0 2 1 3
Blues 1 0 0 1

First Period1, St. Louis, Nichol 2 (Crombeen, Porter), 9:12. PenaltiesStewart, StL, served by Porter, minor-major-misconduct (instigator, fighting), 19:39; Stuart, Det, major (fighting), 19:39.

Second Period2, Detroit, Datsyuk 14 (Lidstrom, Zetterberg), :51 (pp). 3, Detroit, Franzen 19 (Ericsson, Bertuzzi), 8:52. PenaltiesLidstrom, Det (hooking), 2:54; Langenbrunner, StL (slashing), 11:07.

Third Period4, Detroit, Kronwall 11 (Lidstrom, Datsyuk), 16:57 (pp). PenaltiesColaiacovo, StL (hooking), 9:34; Backes, StL (roughing), 14:54; Bertuzzi, Det (roughing), 14:54; Colaiacovo, StL (roughing), 16:25; Backes, StL, minor-misconduct (roughing), 19:58; Pietrangelo, StL, minor-misconduct (roughing), 19:58; Howard, Det, served by Hudler (roughing), 19:58. Shots on GoalSt. Louis 8-7-7—22. Detroit 8-10-10—28. Power-play opportunitiesSt. Louis 0 of 1; Detroit 2 of 5. GoaliesSt. Louis, Halak 14-8-5 (28 shots-25 saves). Detroit, Howard 30-10-1 (22-21). A20,066 (20,066). T2:19.

at Hurricanes 2 0 0 2
Jets 0 1 0 1

First Period1, Carolina, Skinner 14 (Gleason), 3:55. 2, Carolina, Brent 6 (Stewart), 9:28. PenaltiesRuutu, Car (boarding), :51.

Second Period3, Winnipeg, Wellwood 9 (Enstrom, Antropov), 13:47. PenaltiesJokinen, Car (tripping), 6:36; Oduya, Wpg (interference), 16:14.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesSlater, Wpg (holding), 10:35; Tlusty, Car (tripping), 20:00. Shots on GoalWinnipeg 6-10-14—30. Carolina 7-7-2—16. Power-play opportunitiesWinnipeg 0 of 2; Carolina 0 of 2. GoaliesWinnipeg, Mason 6-5-0 (16 shots-14 saves). Carolina, Ward 18-17-8 (30-29). A16,045 (18,680). T2:16.

at Maple Leafs 1 0 2 3
Islanders 0 0 0 0

First Period1, Toronto, Lombardi 5 (Gardiner, Franson), 1:37. PenaltiesParenteau, NYI (tripping), 13:26.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesNone.

Third Period2, Toronto, Kessel 26 (Lupul, Gunnarsson), 8:10. 3, Toronto, Lombardi 6 (Crabb, Grabovski), 16:21. PenaltiesMartin, NYI (goaltender interference), 17:23. Shots on GoalN.Y. Islanders 5-6-14—25. Toronto 16-8-11—35. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Islanders 0 of 0; Toronto 0 of 2. GoaliesN.Y. Islanders, Nabokov 10-12-0 (35 shots-32 saves). Toronto, Gustavsson 15-10-0 (25-25). A19,570 (18,819). T2:17.

at Predators 1 1 2 4
Blue Jackets 0 1 0 1

First Period1, Nashville, Fisher 10 (Erat), 8:07. PenaltiesMoore, Clm (tripping), 10:42; Lebda, Clm (delay of game), 16:52.

Second Period2, Columbus, Nash 17 (Vermette), 6:14. 3, Nashville, Fisher 11 (Weber, Suter), 19:31 (pp). PenaltiesErat, Nas (holding), 8:58; Nashville bench, served by Hornqvist (too many men), 16:20; Columbus bench, served by Umberger (too many men), 18:00.

Third Period4, Nashville, Halischuk 11 (C.Smith, Ellis), 7:37. 5, Nashville, Hornqvist 14 (Suter, Erat), 16:51 (pp). PenaltiesTyutin, Clm (tripping), 2:52; Dorsett, Clm (tripping), 15:52. Shots on GoalColumbus 3-16-7—26. Nashville 12-12-5—29. Power-play opportunitiesColumbus 0 of 2; Nashville 2 of 5. GoaliesColumbus, Mason 5-18-2 (29 shots-25 saves). Nashville, Rinne 27-11-4 (26-25). A14,310 (17,113). T2:22.

Red Wings prove too tough at home again 01/23/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 12:19am]
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