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Holmstrom Tough to Replace

From Helene Elliott at the LA Times,

Not having Holmstrom in his face would make it even better for Fleury.

“It’s always tougher as a goalie when you have somebody in front,” said Fleury, who was the first pick in the 2003 entry draft. “At the same time, every playoff, every series, every team, they put that guy in there. We always did a good job with him, and we always came out on top.”

Holmstrom isn’t just any guy. He has four goals and 12 points in the playoffs and is a perfect complement to linemates Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

The Red Wings have no shortage of talent—Johan Franzen has a playoff-high 13 goals, Zetterberg has 12 and Datsyuk nine—but they have no one as effective at going to the net and refusing to budge come high stick or high water.

more… on Holmstrom’s condition and his importance to the Wings

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  Tags: marc-andre+fleury, tomas+holstrom

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