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Top line reunion sparks Wings

Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:05 am
By Erin Brown

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom is out of coach Mike Babcock 's doghouse and back on the ice.

Babcock shuffled his lines midway through Detroit's 4-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, reuniting Holmstrom with Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen on the Red Wings' top line.

The change paid immediate dividends for Detroit, which got a go-ahead and insurance goal from the trio in a span of 70 seconds during the third period. It was Holmstrom who gave the Red Wings the lead for good when he struck 11:09 into the third period.

Known for his ability to be a pest in front of the net, Holmstrom was dropped to the team's fourth line after posting a minus-2 rating in Game 3. He saw just eight minutes of ice time in Game 4.

"It's about winning," Babcock told the Detroit News prior to Friday's contest. "It's not about any individual's ice time. It's about winning and getting people that we think are going to help us on the ice."

Friday night, Holmstrom managed to do both.

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