Red Wings Lose to Vancouver in Season Opener

The Detroit Red Wings' offense never really clicked and defensive lapses helped the Vancouver Canucks pick up a 3-0 lead in both teams' season opener Thursday night.

Detroit came out flat to start the game, which began after a brief ceremony in which defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom was named captain of the team, taking over for the retired Steve Yzerman.

The Red Wings couldn't take advantage of the parade of Canucks to the penalty box that started early in the first period and Vancouver got on the board first.

With just 4.5 seconds remaining in the first period, defenseman Sami Salo fired a shot from the point that deflected off of Kris Draper and Markus Naslund before getting past Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek for a power play goal.

At 2:25 of the second period the Canucks extended their lead after a giveaway by Andreas Lilja gave Josh Green the puck all alone in the slot. Hasek stopped his initial shot but Trevor Linden was there to knock the rebound between Hasek's pads.

Only 2:16 later, the Vancouver lead became three goals when Salo skated into the slot untouched on a Canucks power play and wristed a shot off of Hasek's blocker and in.

With 4:05 remaining in the period, Henrik Zetterberg threw a shot on net from the left hash marks and the puck managed to get through Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo, putting the Wings on the board.

Detroit was unable to score in the third period, despite a short 6-on-4 in the final minute of the game. The team did show some life after their slow start but it was too little, too late.

The Red Wings finished the night scoreless on nine power play chances, while Vancouver made good on two of their four tries.

Hasek made only 14 saves on 17 shots in the first game of his third stint with Detroit. Luongo's first game as a Canuck saw him make 27 saves on 28 Detroit shots.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Saturday when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Notes: With Nicklas Lidstrom becoming the team's captain, Henrik Zetterberg and Kris Draper were named Detroit's alternate captains.

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Pregame is on and they're referring to Lidstrom as the captain. He's wearing the "A" in warmups. I couldn't see who else had a letter.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/5/2006 at 6:38 PM


Draper and Zetterberg with the "A"s.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/5/2006 at 7:05 PM


5:00 into the season and we've already got reason to scream at the refs. This bodes so well <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/5/2006 at 7:25 PM


Ugh, Hasek's not doing it. One game is not a season (and all that crap) but with all the questions and doubts, he needed to start strong.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/5/2006 at 8:18 PM


Well that sucked. At least there's the Tigers (and how weird does it seem to say that?).

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/5/2006 at 9:46 PM


I did watch the Canucks/Red Wings game on CBC today... was surprised to see Lidstrom with the C on his shirt...I did hear about Chris Chelios being named captain..but Lidstrom is a nice choice..and a good one..

AND I have a massive beef about Hasek!!! Man I think the Red Wings will regret bringing him back....wonder how long till Hasek go down with a groin injury like he did last season (while at the Olympics with the Czech Republic) and never returned after that for the regular season and the playoffs.... I doubt Hasek will last the entire season... who knows??

Posted by NorthStar on 10/5/2006 at 11:17 PM


I was happy to see Nick come out with the C and that was where my happiness ended. I heard that the Groinantor goes through this 90 minute stretching workout before each game, however looks like he needs to spend more time learning how to perform in goal! At least Z saved us from being shutout and the powerplay SUCKED!!! They need to get their heads out of there ass and start clicking once again! Hey Clark I am surprised that I did not see the usual "Holy Crap" about the refs <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/6/2006 at 3:55 PM


Aside from the horrible goalie interference call, how could I complain with the Wings getting nine power plays? It's not the refs' fault that the Wings sucked at them.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/6/2006 at 4:26 PM


This is going to be a long season with Hasek and Osgood in goal. Put Stephan Liv in goal. Hes a good goalie

Posted by detroitredwings00 on 10/6/2006 at 5:12 PM


I had to laugh when the puck went into the corner and Hasek started to make a move in that direction. Redmond said something to the effect of " he's gotta remember he can't do that any more." I thought to myself, hmm.. this could work to our advantage, yeah, one less thing to worry about. Then on the ensuing play the friggin stick goes flying outa his hand and dashed that advantage against the boards. My head hurts already.

Posted by Johnny Polaris on 10/7/2006 at 8:41 AM


I say fire Hasek and bring up Howard! <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/7/2006 at 11:20 AM


Has Howard gotten better since last year? Like I said earlier, put Liv in. Hes good.

Posted by detroitredwings00 on 10/7/2006 at 1:24 PM


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