Wings fans didn't endure a lengthy lockout to watch this. The defending Central Division champion Blues completely dominated the Wings 6-0 in one of their worst games in recent seasons. The Blues outshot the Wings 17-2 after one period and ended up outshooting the Wings 36-14. The numbers didn't lie across the scoresheet. The Blues were much, much better than the Wings in this game. "Obviously not the start we wanted for the season," forward Henrik Zetterberg said. "They were better in every field. It wasn't a very good game. You just can't pinpoint one thing. There was a lot of stuff that went wrong." Vladimir Tarasenko (two goals, one on power play), Chris Stewart (two power-play goals) and T.J. Oshie (shorthanded), and Patrik Berglund (power play) scored for the Blues. The Wings were 0-for-4 on the power play, allowed a shorthanded goal, and four power-play goals (on five St. Louis opportunities). "They were better from start to finish," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "They were quicker and more competitive on the puck. I can think of four goals that were just gifts, not just earned. "They were all over us. Their defense had an easy night. They were on top of us and we weren't very good. "We have to be way better than this."
Blues overwhelm Red Wings in season opener
Detroit News | Jan 20