Captain Present gave Captain Past and his new team a pounding Wednesday night at The Joe.

It may not have been the “fruit basket and bottle of wine” Montreal’s Lars Eller gave Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins when he said the Oilers looked like a “junior team” a day earlier but the Senators sure looked like they used as bulletin board material Daniel Alfredsson’s original reason for leaving Ottawa as a free agent.

Alfredsson said he thought the Red Wings had a better chance to win the Cup eh? If the first meeting between the new division rivals was any indication he would have been better off knowing the way to San Jose or a couple of dozen other locations in search of a ring.

Led by a two goal performance from Jason Spezza - Alfredsson’s successor as the wearer of the “C” in Ottawa – the Senators took advantage early of a sleepy Red Wings team and cruised to a rather startling 6-1 victory at Joe Louis Arena.

"We got off to a nice start and that set the table. I think we played a really disciplined game. We did a good job of taking away their speed and Andy made the saves when he had to" Spezza said.

He added the victory was something the Senators can build off.

"It just gives us confidence we can play with the best teams" he said. "If we don't follow it up it doesn't mean much but if we follow it up it can give us good confidence as a group."

Bobby Ryan also scored twice giving him six on the season while defencemen Eric Gryba and Jared Cowen had the other Senators goals. Erik Karlsson chipped in with a pair of assists.

In his first game against his old team Alfredsson had no points and just two shots on goal in just over 16 minutes of work. His frustration showed early in the third when he cross-checked Mika Zibanejad from behind for what was called a tripping penalty.

Craig Anderson was solid between the Senators pipes stopping 31 shots to improve his record to 4-1-2. Jimmy Howard started in goal for the Wings but after giving up three goals on eight shots was replaced by Jonas Gustavsson at the 14:14 mark of the first period.

The Senators wound up with 28 shots on the Wings goal.

The win improved the Senators record to 4-3-2 while Detroit now sits at 6-4-1.

Kyle Turris picked up just one assist in the first period but he was largely responsible for the Senators owning a 3-1 lead at the intermission.

He drew the two penalties on which the Senators capitalized for power play goals starting with a Spezza slap shot that went through defenceman Brian Lashoff then between Colin Greening and Detroit’s Brendan Smith before beating goalie Jimmy Howard on the glove side.

The second goal with the man advantage presented by Turris’ hustle was a great shot by Bobby Ryan that went between the legs of D-man Niklas Kronwall and then off the post on Howard’s stick side. Turris won the faceoff to set it up just seven seconds after Kyle Quincey went off for tripping him.