Wings off to hot start if you ignore the finish
October 7, 2011 11:10PM
Ian White (18) and Cory Emmerton celebrate White’s goal that gave the Red Wings a 5-0 lead in the third period Friday in Detroit. It was 5-3 before it was over. | Carlos Osorio~AP
Updated: November 16, 2011 11:21AM
The Detroit Red Wings needed only 40 good minutes to beat the Ottawa Senators.
Cory Emmerton had a goal and an assist in the 5-3 victory Friday night at Joe Louis Arena 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. The Wings led 5-0 early in the third period.
‘‘I didn’t like the way we played the third — that’s something we’ve got to get past. We were lackadaisical,’’ Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We let them back in the game. There is no way you should do that to your goalie when he’s done a good job.’’
Milan Michalek scored twice and Filip Kuba added a goal for the Senators Jason Spezza had two assists, and Craig Anderson stopped 34 shots.
It was Paul MacLean’s first game as the Senators’ head coach after six seasons as a Wings assistant coach.
Kings, Sabres win overseas
Jack Johnson scored on a power play at 4:08 of overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Stockholm, Sweden.
Mike Richards tied it with 4:59 left in the third and set up Johnson’s goal. Anze Kopitar also had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for the Kings.
Ryan Callahan and Marian Gaborik scored for the Rangers, and Swedish star Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves.
In the NHL’s other European opener in Helsinki, Finland, Thomas Vanek scored two power-play goals, and Ryan Miller made 29 saves to help the Buffalo Sabres top the Anaheim Ducks 4-1.
Ville Leino, a Finn playing in his former home arena, scored in his Sabres debut.
The Rangers will play the Ducks today in Stockholm, while the Kings will face the Sabres in Berlin.
Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 5-1 blitz of the Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C. Steve Downie, Adam Hall and Ryan Malone scored during a 4:36 span in the third period.
†Ryan Suter had a goal and an assist, and Craig Smith and Matt Halischuk also scored in the Nashville Predators’ 3-2 victory at