Rookie helps Wings cruise

DETROIT — Rookie Cory Emmerton, who learned this week that he had made the final roster, had a goal and an assist to help the Red Wings beat the Senators 5-3 in the season opener for both teams.

Todd Bertuzzi, Nicklas Lidstrom, Jiri Hudler and Ian White also scored for Detroit. Jimmy Howard made 29 saves.

Milan Michalek scored twice, and Filip Kuba added a goal for Ottawa. Craig Anderson stopped 34 shots.

It was Paul MacLean's first game as the Senators' coach after six seasons as an assistant with the Red Wings.

Detroit kept Emmerton because they wanted a true center on the fourth line so they didn't have to break up Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader on the third line.

"Being in the opening night lineup is pretty special," Emmerton said before the game. He played in two games for Detroit last season.

"It's a tough team to make, let alone make the top 12."

game highlights: Jack Johnson scored on a power play with a minute left in overtime to lift the Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Rangers in the teams' openers at Stockholm, Sweden. After the game, the league fined the Rangers' Mats Zuccarello $2,500 for boarding Kyle Clifford in the first period. Zuccarello got a boarding penalty in the game. … Thomas Vanek scored two power-play goals in the Sabres' 4-1 win over the Ducks at Helsinki, Finland.

capitals: Michal Neuvirth will be the surprise starter in goal in tonight's season opener against the Hurricanes. Free agent signing Tomas Vokoun is expected to be No. 1, but Neuvirth said the coaches were impressed with his performance in the preseason. Vokoun said he expected to play Monday against the Lightning. Coach Bruce Boudreau hadn't planned for the news to leak out and said he wasn't ready to comment on picking Neuvirth for the opener.

at Red Wings 1 3 1 5
Senators 0 0 3 3

First Period1, Detroit, Bertuzzi 1 (Helm, Kindl), 16:01. PenaltiesLee, Ott (hooking), 1:06.

Second Period2, Detroit, Lidstrom 1, 1:39. 3, Detroit, Emmerton 1 (Miller), 9:40. 4, Detroit, Hudler 1 (Datsyuk, Ericsson), 10:38. PenaltiesNeil, Ott (hooking), 3:16; White, Det (interference), 12:06.

Third Period5, Detroit, White 1 (Miller, Emmerton), 3:12. 6, Ottawa, Michalek 1 (Spezza, Filatov), 5:49. 7, Ottawa, Michalek 2 (Spezza, Karlsson), 8:22 (pp). 8, Ottawa, Kuba 1 (Alfredsson, Zibanejad), 18:29 (pp). PenaltiesWhite, Det (tripping), 8:03; Kuba, Ott (slashing), 9:09; Neil, Ott (roughing), 15:13; Kindl, Det (interference), 16:37; Butler, Ott (boarding), 18:40. Shots on GoalOttawa 9-12-11—32. Detroit 11-16-12—39. Power-play opportunitiesOttawa 2 of 3; Detroit 0 of 5. GoaliesOttawa, Anderson 0-1-0 (39 shots-34 saves). Detroit, Howard 1-0-0 (32-29).

Predators 0 2 1 3
at Blue Jackets 0 1 1 2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesHalischuk, Nas (tripping), 7:42; Hillen, Nas (tripping), 16:21; Prospal, Clm (interference), 19:34.

Second Period1, Nashville, Suter 1 (Kostitsyn, Legwand), 5:10 (pp). 2, Columbus, Prospal 1 (Carter, Nash), 14:19. 3, Nashville, C.Smith 1 (Weber, Suter), 15:56. PenaltiesK.Russell, Clm (delay of game), 2:35; Dorsett, Clm (closing hand on puck), 4:35; Laakso, Nas (slashing), 5:52.

Third Period4, Nashville, Halischuk 1 (O'Reilly), :39. 5, Columbus, Nash 1 (Prospal, Carter), 10:19. PenaltiesSmithson, Nas (tripping), 5:21; C.Smith, Nas (hooking), 12:33. Shots on GoalNashville 10-12-9—31. Columbus 13-9-12—34. Power-play opportunitiesNashville 1 of 3; Columbus 0 of 5. GoaliesNashville, Rinne 1-0-0 (34 shots-32 saves). Columbus, Mason 0-1-0 (31-28).

Sabres 2 2 0 4
Ducks 0 1 0 1

First Period1, Buffalo, Vanek 1 (Adam, Pominville), 4:02 (pp). 2, Buffalo, Leino 1 (Sekera, Boyes), 8:30. PenaltiesGaustad, Buf (interference), 1:08; Koivu, Ana (hooking), 2:21; Perry, Ana (tripping), 10:36; Regehr, Buf (interference), 13:18; Parros, Ana (roughing), 18:37; Regehr, Buf (boarding), 18:37.

Second Period3, Anaheim, Guenin 1 (Macenauer), 4:32. 4, Buffalo, Pominville 1 (Vanek, Adam), 5:45. 5, Buffalo, Vanek 2 (Ehrhoff, Pominville), 11:59 (pp). PenaltiesKoivu, Ana (roughing), 9:56; Stafford, Buf (roughing), 9:56; Cogliano, Ana (tripping), 11:21; Guenin, Ana (interference), 17:01.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesRoy, Buf (hooking), 4:09; Ehrhoff, Buf (slashing), 5:25; Ehrhoff, Buf (cross-checking), 13:27. Shots on GoalAnaheim 6-13-11—30. Buffalo 9-16-0—25. Power-play opportunitiesAnaheim 0 of 5; Buffalo 2 of 4. GoaliesAnaheim, Hiller 0-1-0 (25 shots-21 saves). Buffalo, Miller 1-0-0 (30-29).

Kings 1 0 1 1 3
Rangers 1 0 1 0 2

First Period1, Los Angeles, Kopitar 1 (Williams), 10:51. 2, N.Y. Rangers, Callahan 1 (Anisimov, Fedotenko), 15:22. PenaltiesZuccarello, NYR (boarding), 3:05; Eminger, NYR (cross-checking), 5:04.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesPrust, NYR, major (fighting), 2:24; Clifford, LA, major (fighting), 2:24; Erixon, NYR (delay of game), 2:44; Gagne, LA (roughing), 11:14.

Third Period3, N.Y. Rangers, Gaborik 1 (Dubinsky, B.Richards), 10:28. 4, Los Angeles, M.Richards 1 (Richardson, Brown), 15:01. PenaltiesBoyle, NYR (interference), 17:57.

Overtime5, Los Angeles, J.Johnson 1 (M.Richards, Kopitar), 4:08 (pp). PenaltiesMcDonagh, NYR (tripping), 2:51; Dubinsky, NYR, misconduct, 4:08. Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 4-8-13-1—26. Los Angeles 13-6-8-3—30. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 0 of 1; Los Angeles 1 of 5. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 0-0-1 (30 shots-27 saves). Los Angeles, Quick 1-0-0 (26-24).

Rookie helps Wings cruise 10/08/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 8, 2011 12:19am]

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