Handling Holmstrom

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:34 PM ET


 The Calgary Flames might need a tow truck to remove Tomas Holmstrom, double-parked in front of Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

 "We can't get him out of there," shrugged assistant coach Rich Preston about trying to clear the beefy Swede.

 "He's one of the best. He lines himself right outside the blue (crease) so he doesn't take any interference penalties, just lines up with the shot.

 "You don't want two guys screening Kipper -- he'll handle Holmstrom. You get a defenceman in there whacking and hacking him you then have two people screening Kipper and that makes it doubly tough."

 Unsuccessfully trying to remove him in Game 2 were Flames defencemen Robyn Regehr and Mike Commodore.

 Holmstrom scored the Wings first goal Saturday, redirecting a point shot past Kiprusoff while lodged in front of the net. The 6-ft., 200-lb. left winger also established himself in front allowing Detroit forward Steve Yzerman room to roam.

 "You're not going to move him and even if you do, cross-check him as much as you want, the guy's made a name for himself camping there," explained Commodore, who saw Holmstrom lead all Wings in Game 2 by directing five shots at Kiprusoff while making himself a constant crease presence on the powerplay.

 "It's not all of a sudden going to change because of something we do with a guy like that who parks himself in front. You want to make it miserable for him to a point, not like I did taking penalties, but you want to make it miserable for him but you want to stay loose too.

 "He wants you to get tied up with him, that creates back door stuff for defencemen who can score too."


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