10/29/2006 12:03:47 AM
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings were interested more in winning for the second straight night on the road than getting some payback against St. Louis after the Tigers lost to the Cardinals in the World Series.
Tomas Holmstrom scored two goals off setups from Pavel Datsyuk in the Red Wings' 3-2 victory on Saturday night.
"I guess it's good to restore some of our pride in Detroit, but I didn't see the baseball game," defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom said. "For our part, it was nice to come in here and get a win after beating Dallas last night."
The Red Wings were delayed getting to their downtown hotel late Friday night by the celebration following the Cardinals' Game 5 clinching victory. Goalie Chris Osgood said fans were nice to the team.
"We knew it was going to be chaos down here and it took us a little while to get to the hotel," Osgood said. "They greeted us when we came in. There were no bad feelings or anything."
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, fresh from a five-game World Series victory over the Tigers, dropped the ceremonial first puck. It failed to spur the Blues, who have lost eight of nine to the Red Wings the last two seasons.
"I don't know what it is but we've been struggling against them," defenceman Christian Backman said. "We've definitely got to find a way to beat them."
Bill Guerin scored his fourth goal on a deflection in the second period for the Blues, who played their first game in a week. Radek Dvorak's short-handed breakaway cut the gap to one with 3:26 to go.
St. Louis has trailed 2-0 in five of its first nine games, rallying to win three of them. Against the Red Wings, it was too much of a deficit.
"We started the game like we had a week off," coach Mike Kitchen said. "We were rusty. A whole week off is not really in your favour."
Red Wings backup goalie Chris Osgood, formerly with the Blues, outplayed Manny Legace, who joined St. Louis as a free agent in the off-season. Osgood got a pair of friendly bounces midway through the third period when Dennis Wideman's wrist shot deflected off both goal posts with Detroit leading 3-1.