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Red Wings 5, Senators 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Red Wings 5, Senators 3
Ottawa Senators 3, Detroit Red Wings 5
Three Stars of the Game
Cory Emmerton
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 8:33
Nicklas Lidstrom
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 23:28
Milan Michalek
Milan Michalek
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:01

DETROIT — Cory Emmerton had a goal and an assist to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Ottawa Senators 5-3 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

Todd Bertuzzi, Nicklas Lidstrom, Jiri Hudler and Ian White also scored for the Red Wings and Drew Miller had two assists. Jimmy Howard made 29 saves. Detroit led 5-0 early in the third period.

Milan Michalek scored twice, and Filip Kuba added a goal for Ottawa. Jason Spezza had two assists, and Craig Anderson stopped 34 shots.

"One of those nights, you made a mistake, they made you pay," Anderson said.

It was Paul MacLean's first game as the Senators' head coach after six seasons as an assistant coach with the Red Wings.

"It (Detroit) looked a lot like it did when I was on the other bench from this bench," MacLean said. "For me, I felt comfortable being here at Joe Louis Arena, I've been here before. But we made a few mistakes."

Bertuzzi scored Detroit's first goal of the season, connecting with 3:01 left in the first period. He scored on a breakaway from the Ottawa blue line after taking a pass up the middle from Darren Helm.

The Red Wings added three goals in the second period to take a 4-0 lead.

Lidstrom made it 2-0 just 1:39 into the period when the Detroit captain capitalized on Chris Phillips' turnover, moved in from the left circle and beat Anderson after a couple of moves.

Emmerton and Hudler scored 58 seconds apart in the middle of the period. Emmerton poked in Drew Miller's pass at 9:40 and Hudler put a backhand shot past Anderson at 10:38, after taking a lead pass from Pavel Datsyuk.

"We had a game plan of wanting to make their defence turn (in Ottawa's zone) and get in on them," Emmerton said. "Anytime you can do that, you can get some chances. And it's tough to play when your feet are facing your own net."

MacLean talked about the results of that strategy.

"We had the puck three times and weren't able to get it out of the zone," he said.

White added his first goal in his first game with Detroit, 3:12 into the third period. Michalek spoiled Howard's shutout bid 5:49 into the third.

Michalek's second goal came on the power play, 8:20 into the third period. Kuba added another power-play goal with 1:31 left.

NOTES: There was a tribute to former Detroit assistant coach and player Brad McCrimmon, former Red Wings defenceman Ruslan Salei and former Detroit goalie prospect Stefan Liv before the game. They died in the Russian plane crash that wiped out the Locomotiv Yaroslavl team in early September. McCrimmon's wife, daughter and son were presented Red Wings' McCrimmon No. 2 jerseys and flowers by Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Datsyuk. The team will wear a patch with their initials throughout the season ... Lidstrom, beginning his 20th season, played his 1,495th game, tying him with Phil Housley for 15th in NHL history and fifth in among defencemen ... Ottawa C Peter Regin didn't play because of a shoulder injury. ... Detroit D Mike Commodore, a former Senator, missed the game because of a knee injury ... The Senators conclude a season-opening road trip Saturday in Toronto against the Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1200).

scoring summary
1st Period
Todd Bertuzzi (1) ASST: Darren Helm (1), Jakub Kindl (1)
1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
Nicklas Lidstrom (1) ASST: NONE
2 - 0 DET
Cory Emmerton (1) ASST: Drew Miller (1)
3 - 0 DET
Jiri Hudler (1) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (1), Jonathan Ericsson (1)
4 - 0 DET
3rd Period
Ian White (1) ASST: Drew Miller (2), Cory Emmerton (1)
5 - 0 DET
Milan Michalek (1) ASST: Jason Spezza (1), Nikita Filatov (1)
5 - 1 DET
PPG - Milan Michalek (2) ASST: Jason Spezza (2), Erik Karlsson (1)
5 - 2 DET
PPG - Filip Kuba (1) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (1), Mika Zibanejad (1)
5 - 3 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
Brian Lee  Hooking against  Jiri Hudler
2nd Period
Chris Neil  Hooking against  Darren Helm
Ian White  Interference against  Stephane Da Costa
3rd Period
Ian White  Tripping against  Mika Zibanejad
Filip Kuba  Slashing against  Daniel Cleary
Chris Neil  Roughing against  Jakub Kindl
Jakub Kindl  Interference against  Erik Condra
Bobby Butler  Boarding against  Jakub Kindl
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
SA: 39TOI: 59:49
Saves: 34EV: 23 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .872SH: 1 - 1
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .906SH: 1 - 1