Game Notes: Red Wings 5, Senators 3

The sellout home crowd had plenty to cheer about early as the Red Wings rolled to a 5-3 win in Friday’s season opener. Some notes from last nights win.

  • A wonderful effort from some of the Red Wings role players. Drew Miller and Cory Emmerton both had strong games in limited minutes, with the latter earning first star honors. Emmerton had a goal and assist, and Miller had two assists on the night.
  • Todd Bertuzzi was effective early and often. He had a beautiful finish to open the scoring in the first, then delivered a big hit to create a turnover that ended up in the back of the net thanks to a heads up play by Nicklas Lidstrom. He was physical when needed and avoided taking a minor penalty.

Todd Bertuzzi Goes Top Shelf

  • Jimmy Howard was better than the final score indicated, making big saves throughout the night to keep the lead. The Red Wings were very lackadaisical in the third period, and allowed the Senators back into the game with three goals.
  • Ian White will see a lot of power play time this year. He looked good at the point with the top unit, and scored the fifth goal for the Wings. He did, however, take two penalties including one that resulted in the Senators third goal.
  • Jiri Hudler is off to a fast start. After a terribly slow adjustment back to the NHL pace last season, the Czech was on the board early thanks to a beautiful entry pass from Pavel Datsyuk.
  • Jonathan Ericsson and Jakub Kindl, two question marks on the Detroit blue line this season, were both +3 last night.
  • Tomas Holmstrom continues to get the job done. He looked healthy and active in his 11:29 of ice time. He registered four shots and was effective in the offensive corners.
  • The Senators are in serious trouble this season. They have a bad mix of aging veterans and unproven talent. I was not impressed by many outside of the top two forwards: Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek. Both Daniel Alfredsson and Sergei Gonchar showed their age, ending with a combined -5 rating.
  • The Red Wings honored former assistant coach Brad McCrimmon before the game. Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, and Pavel Datsyuk joined his family on the ice before the game drawing the night’s loudest cheers.
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