Tomas Holmstrom scored power-play goals 40 seconds apart in the third period for the tie and the lead as the Red Wings last night beat the Blue Jackets 4-3 at Joe Louis Arena. Niklas Kronwall had a goal and an assist, and Daniel Cleary also scored for Detroit in its final regular season home game. Jimmy Howard deflected 21 shots as the Red Wings won the opener of the home-and-home series.
The victory leaves Detroit with 98 points and tied with Nashville for fifth place in the Western Conference, a point in front of Los Angeles. snapped a two-game slide and moved one point ahead of Los Angeles for the sixth spot in the Western Conference.
Tonight in the ECHL at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, the K-Wings try to go up 2-games-to-nothing over Reading in their first round best of five playoff series.