Wings Fall to Lightning in Exhibition Opener

Joe Louis Arena hosted its first National Hockey League game in seventeen months on Monday, as the Detroit Red Wings opened their 2005 exhibition season with a 5-3 loss to the defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

The difference between the hockey that used to be played at the Joe and that which will be played (for at least the first month of) this upcoming season was evident immediately. The NHL's crackdown on obstruction led to 18 penalties and half a game's worth of specialty teams play.

"The first thing is, obviously, we've got to learn the rules and how to play within them," coach Mike Babcock said. "Because it's hard to get any kind of momentum or any feel when you're on the power play all the time or on the penalty kill. As a group, I didn't think we were quick enough... We've got to continue to skate, and I'd like us to be a little more competitive on the puck."

Detroit goalie Manny Legace allowed two goals on fifteen shots, one to Conn Smythe Trophy winner Brad Richards and the other to Fredrik Modin. Rookie Jimmy Howard took over the crease for the third period and the shootout, allowing goals to Martin St. Louis and Evgeny Artyukhin on the first three shots he faced.

The Lighning scored an empty-net goal late in the third period to ice the game.

Detroit's first goal came from Nicklas Lidstrom while the Wings enjoyed a 5-on-3 manpower advantage. Kris Draper scored the Red Wings' other two goals.

St. Louis and Richards scored for the Lightning in the shootout, while Jason Williams notched the Wings' lone shootout tally.

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It's maddening to know that there's finally a Wings game going on right now and I can't follow it. No TV, no radio, I'm just refreshing to see their updates and all they've got is the score. They show when goals were scored but not which player - or even which team - scored them. It's frustrating! At least FSN Detroit has the Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday games coming up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/19/2005 at 9:10 PM


That's pretty pathetic that they wouldn't even say who scored. What's the purpose of having a feature to follow the game if they don't give you the info?

Posted by scooter13 on 9/20/2005 at 7:55 AM


A loss is never fun to watch, but it would have been nice to see which of the 18 penalties were unexpected an which would have been called even under the old rules.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/20/2005 at 12:53 PM


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