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Wings 6, Rangers 1

The New York Rangers only play in Detroit once this year, tonight. The Wings made it count easily defeating the Blueshirts, 6-1.

Johan Franzen scored 28 seconds into the game to get Detroit up on the board.

Veteran defenseman Chris Chelios has been on a bit of a scoring streak, especially for him, as he scored a goal tonight (the second of the game). This marks his third goal in three straight games. Cheli got a little over 14 minutes of ice time tonight and I frequently saw him paired up with captain Nicklas Lidstrom during penalty kills (at least during the 2nd).

It was recently signed defenseman Brian Rafalski's first home game with the Wings. He got the second assist on Franzen's goal, the first of the game. He didn't really stand out, but I didn't see him make any glaring mistakes either. Not bad for missing the first five exhibition games due to a hip flexor injury.

Henrik Zetteberg played another great game with two goals and an assist to lead the team.

Dominik Hasek played the entire game and only faced 19 shots (he stopped all but one). Tomas Kopecky, who returned from a day-to-day groin injury, scored a goal as did Pavel Datsyuk. Tomas Holmstrom, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Mikael Samuelsson all had two assists apiece.

Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped only 12 of the 16 shots he faced. He was pulled 10:27 into the second period. Former University of Michigan goaltender Al Montoya (who was a participant in last night's brawl between the Rangers and NY Islanders) finished the game. Montoya stopped 2 of the 12 shots he faced.

Scott Gomez, who the Rangers signed just this offseason, scored the only goal for New York.