If there was ever any doubt about how small the crowds at Detroit Red Wings games would be, they were silenced Tuesday night.
Around 4,000 people packed into Compuware Arena in Plymouth, MI to watch the Red Wings play their annual Red-White game. The Red Team emerged as the winner by a score of 4-2.
Teams were a mix of Red Wings regulars and members of the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.
“It was nice to have a little game-like action,” said Henrik Zetterberg, who was named the team captain just before the game. “It's as close as we can get to a game. It was a lot of fun to see all the fans come here. Real loud out there. It was a little taste of coming back and playing in The Joe.”
The White Team scored first in the first period after Trevor Parkes stole the puck from Riley Sheahan in the neutral zone. Parkes skated in all alone and fired a shot between the pads of Jonas Gustavsson. Drew Miller answered for the Red Team in the second after he knocked in a rebound off of a shot from Jordin Tootoo past Jimmy Howard. Griffins' captain Jeff Hoggan made it 2-1 in favor of the white after he knocked in a shot from Kyle Quincey.
Louis-Marc Aubry tipped a shot from Jonathan Ericsson past Howard to knot the score at two.
Zetterberg would score the go ahead goal in the second after he knocked a rebound from Damien Brunner past Howard.
Howard said after the game that he was impressed with Brunner, who played in the Swiss league last season.
“He’s got some great skill and it’s going to be fun to watch him this year, especially if he’s going to be playing with Z,” Howard said. “He knows how to get open, he knows how to find that soft area, and Z’s good at finding people, so it should be a good connection.”
Nathan Paetsch added a goal for the Red Team in the third period. Four out of the game's six goals came from members of the Griffins (Parkes, Hoggan, Aubry, and Paetsch).
The Red Wings were given Wednesday off from practice. They will resume with two practices Thursday and one Friday before traveling to St. Louis for the season opener against the Blues. Puck drop is set for 8 pm.
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