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Howard Stops 39 Shots As Red Wings Win Opener

 NASHVILLE - Ogdensburg's Jim Howard stopped 39 shots and Luke Glendening scored on a odd-man rush at 9:24 of the third period as the Detroit Red Wings posted a seasn-opening 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators in their season opener on Saturday night.

"Noone likes to sit around all week. It was nice to get out there and play some meaniful hockey," said Howard.

The Red Wings play again tonight against the Dallas Stars.

The Red Wings first line produced the other four goals with Tyler Bertuzzi scored an empty-net goal at 18:58 to assure the victory, with Glendening assisting.

Bertuzzi had two goals and two assists, Anthony Mantha had a goal and two assists and Dylan Larkin had a goal and assist, as the line accounted for nine of the Wings’ 12 points, and was plus-11 for the evening.

“They’re picking up where they left off,” Howard said to the press after the game. "That’s what we need that line to do, to get it going for us and then have the guys chipping in like they did tonight.”

Said Red Wings Coach Blashill in postgame interviews: “They’re a real good line. They know how to play together, they kind of feed off each other. Dylan kind of drives the line with his energy, Bert is greasy and skilled and smart, and Mo has that great skill package. They’ve been a good line together, they really enjoy playing together, and we’ll need them to be great.”


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