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Sunday, June 1, 2008
Wings winger Holmstrom to return from injury on Monday

Associated Press

DETROIT -- After sitting out Game 4 on Saturday night, top-line forward Tomas Holmstrom is set to return to the Detroit Red Wings lineup for what could be the Cup clincher on Monday.

"I can't even think that far. I am going to take it shift by shift," Holmstrom said.

Tomas Holmstrom

Holmstrom

Holmstrom was injured in the third period of the Red Wings' loss in Game 3 when he was knocked into the Penguins net by Pittsburgh defenseman Hal Gill. Holmstrom skipped practice on Friday and gingerly skated with his teammates on Saturday morning.

After much consultation, the decision was made just before game time to hold out Holmstrom. He is dealing with a hamstring injury that could potentially get worse if he isn't careful.

"I'm in tomorrow," Holmstrom said Sunday after the Red Wings returned to Detroit. "I was pretty close [Saturday], but I think it was a good decision. I think it's getting better and better every day."

Holmstrom wasn't missed much all that much by the Red Wings, who scored a goal with Dan Cleary taking up his usual spot in front of the net and on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

Still, watching the game from the dressing room was hardly any fun.

"It was terrible. Nerve-racking, sweaty," he said, "but you've got to watch it."