All evening a sellout crowd at Joe Louis Arena waited to roar, the first night the NHL returned to Detroit in about nine months.
Unfortunately the Red Wings didn't give them much to cheer about.
Dallas used two goals from forward Michael Ryder and some timely goaltending from Kari Lehtonen to defeat the Wings, 2-1.
"It felt like a playoff atmosphere," forward Henrik Zetterberg said. "When we came in, it was great to see all the fans. It was real loud. Unfortunately, we couldn't give them a win."
Damien Brunner scored his first NHL goal with 3.4 seconds left in the game.
But by then, most of the 20,066 fans had left and the game had been decided.
"I'm going to keep the puck, but it's real hard to celebrate," Brunner said.
Ryder scored a goal in the first and third periods and the Stars did a good job blanketing the Wings in between.
If there was a Red Wings' scoring opportunity, Lehtonen was there to stop it, stopping 39 shots (19 in the third period).
"We made it a little easier for him," Zetterberg said. "There were pucks laying there, but we couldn't get there for second chances."
The Red Wings power play again struggled mightily — as it has all season.
The Wings were 0-for-4 in the game and are now 0-for-15 on the season.
Through two periods, the Wings enjoyed three power plays. During those opportunities, the Wings had one shot on goal.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130122/SPORTS0103/301220438#ixzz2IoRbsMQI
Power play fizzles as Wings fall in home opener
Detroit News | Jan 23