In Detroit, Petr Mrazek made 14 saves to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-0 season opening win over the Red Wings on Thursday night.
“I didn’t get a lot of action, but I thought they were in our zone a lot of the night,” Mrazek said. “Our defense did a great job blocking shots, so I can thank them all for that.”
Nino Niederreiter scored in the first period for all the offense the Canes would need.
“It’s definitely great playing on the top line,” Niederreiter said. “I wasn’t very pleased with last season, I expected more from myself. Being out there with them is a great opportunity for me and I have to work hard enough to keep that spot.”
Ryan Dzingel scored at 17:26 of the third period to make it 2-0 to Carolina.
“This was game one after a long layoff, so I’m not too upset about it,” Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “The effort was good and that’s really key, but there were also a lot of things I didn’t like.”
Andrei Svechnikov added a late empty net goal for the score of the game.
“I think the scoring chances were either even through two periods or we were one ahead,” Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill said. “I wasn’t worried about the shot totals at that point because we weren’t letting them get many chances. But it was 10-2 in the third period and that’s just unacceptable. We have to be better than that.”
Thomas Griess made 40 saves in the loss for the Red Wings.
“They had a lot of shots, but I thought our guys played pretty well,” Griess said. “They were boxing out in front of me, so a lot of those shots were coming from the outside. I think this first game will do everyone a lot of good. There’s stuff you just can’t simulate during training camp.”