Brendan Shanahan‘s hat trick gave the Red Wings a 4-3 overtime win in their first regular season matchup last night.
Shanahan, who scored his second shorthanded tally of the night at 1:55 of overtime, now has only thirty-one goals remaining until his five hundreth. He also scored shorthanded with 5:11 left in the second and at even strength forty-nine seconds into the third.
San Jose’s Scott Thornton opened the scoring at 8:41 of the second period. The Sharks also got goals from Stephane Matteau and Todd Harvey in the third period.
Brett Hull scored Detroit’s other goal, his first as a Red Wing.
Sharks’ sophomore netminder Evgeni Nabokov stopped four of the thirty-nine shots he faced, while Dominik Hasek turned aside three of twenty-one in his first regular season start for the Red Wings.
The Wings are back in action Saturday night in Vancouver.
The Detroit Red Wings and their new star-studded lineup get their first chance to shine tonight in San Jose.
The Red Wings play their first “real” game tonight when they start their regular season against the San Jose Sharks. Vezina Trophy winning goaltender Dominik Hasek will start against Calder Trophy winning netminder Evgeni Nabokov.
Luc Robitaille, Brett Hull and Fredrik Olausson are all expected to play for Detroit. The only injured regular from last season for the Red Wings will be Darren McCarty, who’s out with a sore shoulder but expected to return in time for the Wings home opener next week.
With the addition of rookies Jason Williams and Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit will still be able to roll four lines without a problem, but it’s anyone’s guess as to who will be on which lines.
The first regular season matchup for the new look Red Wings is tonight from San Jose and ten o’clock Eastern Time.