Ottawa Senators v Detroit Red Wings

Video: Spezza leads Senators over Alfredsson, Red Wings

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.”

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron

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Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Ducks name Kesler alternate captain

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For the second time in his career, Ryan Kesler is wearing an “A.”

On Thursday, the Anaheim Ducks announced that Kesler would serve as one of the club’s alternate captains this season, taking over for Francois Beauchemin, who signed in Colorado this summer.

With the move, Kesler joins Anaheim’s existing leadership group of captain Ryan Getzlaf, and alternate Corey Perry.

“It’s an honor,” Kesler said, per the Ducks. “It’s special. I’m going to wear it with pride and lead by example.”

As mentioned earlier, Kesler has some experience as an alternate — he wore an “A” in Vancouver from 2008-13, but had it removed prior to the start of the ’13-14 campaign.

It’s not surprising Anaheim went in this direction. GM Bob Murray made a huge investment in Kesler this summer by inking the 31-year-old to a six-year, $41.25M extension.