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Holmstrom opens scoring

4/25/2004

DETROIT (AP) -- Steve Yzerman pumped his fist and screamed with
joy as his adoring fans went wild.

All was well in Hockeytown thanks to "The Captain."

Yzerman scored twice 2:13 apart in the second period to give
Detroit a three-goal lead, and the Red Wings defeated Calgary 5-2
Saturday in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal.

"It's amazing how much energy you have after scoring goals,"
Yzerman said.

He would know.

Yzerman has a franchise-record 70 playoff goals and 181 points
in his 20 seasons with the Red Wings. In regular-season games, he's
the sixth-leading scorer in NHL history.

One of the game's greatest centers was moved to right wing
Saturday and put on the "Grind Line" with center Kris Draper and
left wing Kirk Maltby.

"They played together at some point in the season," Detroit
coach Dave Lewis said. "Draper and Maltby, with their speed, and
Stevie, with his smarts and hands, they find a way to generate
offense."

Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 27 shots in the loss, and
Curtis Joseph had to make just 14 saves.

"They are the best team in the National Hockey League when they
get the lead," Flames coach Darryl Sutter said. "They shut you
down at the blue line. That's the system they play.

"To think that you are going to get a whole bunch of chances
against them is not feasible. If you get 10, you got to score on
two of them."

Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday in Calgary.

Tomas Holmstrom gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead early in the
second period, and after Yzerman's goals, Shean Donovan made it 3-1
at 13:50 of the second.

Detroit had a two-man advantage late in the third period and
scored both times, the first on Brett Hull's one-timer and the
second on Nicklas Lidstrom's slap shot. Calgary's Martin Gelinas
scored his third goal of the playoffs with 1:10 left.

The Flames managed to win Game 1 without any points from NHL MVP
finalist Jarome Iginla, but couldn't do it again. Iginla had eight
points in the first round against Vancouver after scoring a
league-high 41 goals in the regular season.

But the sixth-seeded Flames don't mind going home with the
series tied against the Red Wings, who had an NHL-high 109 points
this season.

"We cannot be disappointed about the way we played," Sutter
said.

Calgary is in the second round for the first time since winning
the Stanley Cup in 1989. The Red Wings are aiming for their fourth
Cup in eight years.

With 23.5 seconds left Saturday, Iginla and Derian Hatcher
squared off in one of many fights, which left sticks and gloves
scattered on the ice.

"We can't show them too much respect," Iginla said.

Holmstrom started Detroit's flurry of goals when he redirected
Lidstrom's shot at 3:02 of the second period.

Yzerman scored both his goals midway through the second.

Mathieu Dandenault's end-to-end rush set up Yzerman's one-timer
from inside the right circle. From almost the same spot, Yzerman
lifted a shot over Kiprusoff off of a centering pass from Kirk
Maltby.

Detroit was 3-for-6 on the power play and Calgary was 0-for-5.
Entering the game, the Red Wings had scored just twice on 35 power
plays in the playoffs.

"It's nice to see the puck finally going in the net," said
Yzerman, who scored both of his goals in even-strength situations.

In the first period, Calgary defenseman Rhett Warrener had
blurry vision after being struck in the right eye and was taken to
a hospital for further evaluation. When his vision improved,
doctors cleared him to play. He was on Calgary's bench in the third
period, but didn't return to the ice.

Warrener was engaged with Hatcher along the boards when Yzerman
appeared to unintentionally hit Warrener in the right eye with his
stick while Stephane Yelle checked Yzerman.

Game notes
Hull, who scored his third goal of the playoffs, has 103 in
his career and is three away from tying Jari Kurri for third on the
NHL career list. ... In Calgary's five playoff wins, Kiprusoff has
given up five goals. In its four losses, he has allowed 17. ... One
of the loudest cheers occurred when it was announced that the
Detroit Tigers beat Cleveland 5-2. ... Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk
earned his fourth and fifth assists of the playoffs.