Holmstrom gives Red Wings' alumni sweep

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 31, 2013 at 6:53 pm •  Published: December 31, 2013
Advertisement
;

DETROIT (AP) — Tomas Holmstrom scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings' alumni a 6-5 victory and a sweep of two games in the NHL's Alumni Showdown outside at Comerica Park before an announced crowd 33,425 on Tuesday.

Bryan McCabe tied it at 5 for Toronto with 2 seconds left to cap the Maple Leafs' comeback from a 5-1 deficit.

Detroit won the first game 5-4.

The second game, played in two 25-minute halves, featured Hall of Famer and long-time Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman, who is the general manger of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the GM of Canada's Olympic Team; Brendan Shanahan, an NHL vice president; and Nicklas Lidstrom for Detroit, and Hall of Famers Darryl Sittler, Doug Gilmour, Lanny McDonald, Mike Gartner and Joe Nieuwendyk for Toronto.

Lidstrom had a goal and an assist and Shanahan also scored.

"You come down to it, everyone wants to win," Lidstrom said. "Even if it's an alumni game."

Yzerman didn't get on the score sheet but he received the loudest ovation from the fans in the city in which he played his entire 22-season career and won the Stanley Cup three times.

"It's a nice little distraction," said Yzerman, who was the Detroit captain for 19 seasons. "I've had a lot of things on my mind the past few days. Canada has got a lot of good players, especially at forward.

"You can only take 14 and there's 20 that we could take."

Other Hall of Famers who suited up for Detroit were Chris Chelios, who scored a goal, Larry Murphy, Paul Coffey, Slava Fetisov, Igor Larionov, Mark Howe and Dino Ciccarelli.

Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman coached the Red Wings, and Pat Quinn directed the Maple Leafs. Hall of Famers Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay dropped the puck for a ceremonial faceoff between Yzerman and Sittler before the second game and Vladimir Konstantinov was helped onto the ice to be with the rest of his "Russian 5" former Red Wing teammates, Larionov, Fetisov, Sergei Fedorov — who had a goal — and Slava Kozlov. Konstantinov was badly injured in a limousine accident a few days after Detroit won the Stanley Cup in 1997.



Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    10 Most Popular Wedding 'First Dance' Songs
  2. 2
    Psychologists Studied the Most Uptight States in America, and Found a Striking Pattern
  3. 3
    Facebook Post Saves Drowning Teen
  4. 4
    Saturday's front page of the New York Times sports section is simple: LeBron James and transactions
  5. 5
    The 19th-century health scare that told women to worry about "bicycle face"
+ show more