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Published: 12/28/2011

Red Wings rally to get past Blues

Detroit wins 11th straight at home

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St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) tries shooting the puck past Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom (5) and goalie Jimmy Howard (35) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Tuesday. St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) tries shooting the puck past Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom (5) and goalie Jimmy Howard (35) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Tuesday.
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DETROIT -- Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall scored 56 seconds apart in the third period to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 comeback win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

Datsyuk added an assist, and Nicklas Lidstrom also scored for Detroit, which won its 11th consecutive home game. Ian White had two assists, and Jimmy Howard stopped 29 shots.

Matt D'Agostini and Alexander Steen scored for St. Louis, and Jason Arnott and Kevin Shattenkirk both had two assists. Brian Elliott made 29 saves.

Datsyuk tied the game at 2 with 8:41 left, deflecting White's shot out of the air off the rush for his 12th goal. Kronwall netted his eighth with a wrist shot from the left point with 7:45 remaining.

Lidstrom put Detroit on the board during a power play with 1:03 left in the second period. He scored his eighth of the season when he beat Elliott by one-timing a carom off the boards from the left point.

D'Agostini gave the Blues a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 6:51 in. He tipped Shattenkirk's shot from the point out of the air and past Howard for his eighth goal.

Steen made it 2-0 with another power-play effort with 6:52 left in the middle period. Howard seemingly had Arnott's shot in his pads, but the puck trickled between his legs. Steen put it into the empty net as he skated behind Howard for his 13th goal.

NOTES: Detroit forward Tomas Holmstrom will miss a week to 10 days because of a strained groin sustained Monday night during a 4-1 win at Nashville. ... The Red Wings recalled forward Joakin Andersson from Grand Rapids of the AHL, and he made his NHL debut. .... Forward B.J. Crombeen made his season debut. He had been out with a broken shoulder since the final preseason game. ... Blues forward T.J. Oshie missed his second game because of a left wrist injury. ... St. Louis RW Jamie Langenbrunner missed his second game with the flu. ... Former Detroit player and coach Johnny Wilson died of lung disease. He was 82. Wilson once held the NHL iron man record of 580 consecutive games from 1951-52 to 1959-60 and won four Stanley Cup titles with the Red Wings. .... St. Louis C Patrik Berglund got hit on the side of the head with a puck off the stick of teammate Chris Porter while sitting on the bench with 5:48 left. Berglund seemed momentarily stunned but remained on the bench.

Jackets fall again

COLUMBUS -- Jarome Iginla scored Calgary's only goal in regulation and then had the only score in the shootout to give the Flames a 2-1 victory over Columbus, extending the Blue Jackets' losing streak to six games.

Iginla, who scored in the third period to tie it 1-1, went first for the Flames in the shootout after Mark Letestu failed to score. The perennial All-Star faked once, then twice, to get Steve Mason down on the ice and then slipped the puck past him on the stick side.

Miikka Kiprusoff, who had 27 saves through overtime, then denied Rick Nash with a poke-check before James Wisniewski's wrister clanged off the right post.

It was another late failure for the Blue Jackets, the worst closers in the NHL. They have lost seven games in which they led going into the third.



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