For the first time ever, Daniel Alfredsson played his old team, the Ottawa Senators. And for the veteran forward, who played 1,178 regular season games for Ottawa, it was a forgettable reunion.
The Senators, thanks to a pair of goals from Jason Spezza, crushed the Red Wings 6-1. It was as if Spezza, the new Senators captain, exclaimed to his long-time and now former teammate that Ottawa’s team is now his team.
Below is a video clip of Spezza’s first of the night, which came on the power play just past the midway point of the first period.
Just a backgrounder on this: Alfredsson, who played 17 seasons with the Senators, signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Red Wings this summer.
“Obviously I’ve got a lot of good friends on the other side. I think it will be a relief once the puck drops,” Alfredsson said prior to the game. “There will be a lot of emotion going into the game … But it’s a bit exciting too.”
This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.