Well, aren’t you all glad hockey is back?
The Nick Lidstrom-less era of Detroit hockey got off to a rocky start as the St. Louis Blues whipped the Red Wings 6-0 in both teams’s season openers.
St. Louis Blues rookie Vladimir Tarasenko (you’ll be hearing his name again) abused Kyle Quincey for his first NHL goal early in the first period.
It was the first time, but certainly not the last, that the St. Louis Blues exposed a thin Wings blue line via a long stretch pass from deep in its own zone.
Chris Stewart scored his first of two later on the power play when he pounced on a loose puck in the Wings crease, showed tremendous patience and wristed it through half a dozen bodies in the crease.
Tarasenko (told you) made Quincey into his own personal whipping boy again in the second, using a pretty deke to dance around the defender before beating Howard.
Patrik Berglund closed out the scoring, tipping one through the legs of Jonas Gustavsson, who took over for Howard early in the third.
Detroit, already missing forwards Todd Bertuzzi (mononucleosis) and Darren Helm (back), lost Jan Mursak after just 2:34 of TOI.
Carlo Colaiacovo, in his Red Wings debut, was largely unnoticeable save for the times when he looked like he was injured – again.
Jordin Tootoo, also making his debut in red and white, was similarly absent save for a questionable 10 minute misconduct in the third period.
Detroit will face the Columbus Blue Jackets Jan. 21 as they look to quickly turn to page two of this new chapter in Red Wings history.
40-13-24, 37-51-93, 20-8-11, 39+-25-22
55-52, 27-2, 28-18
57-42-74, 20-10-91, 9-21-25, 17-12-75
27-28, 5-22, 46-4