Detroit Red Wings
On the winning goal, Getzlaf skated away from Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall in the corner, after what looked to be a penalty, and backhanded a shot past goalie Jimmy Howard.
“We have to continue to move the puck better and get better structurally,” coach Mike Babcock said, “but I like lots of things about us.”
Babcock told 97.1 The Ticket the disagreement did not mean friction between him and Holland, at least no more than usual.
The Detroit Red Wings have assigned defenseman Xavier Ouellet and goaltender Petr Mrazek to Grand Rapids of the AHL, reducing their roster to 23 before Thursday night’s season opener against the Boston Bruins.
The 28-year-old Porter — a Detroit native — has 29 goals and 26 assists in 206 NHL games with Phoenix, Columbus and Buffalo.
Xavier Oullet had the lone goal for the Red Wings, who experienced travel delays leaving Detroit and getting through Toronto traffic from the airport to the arena.
Petr Mrazek made 27 saves for the Red Wings, while Riley Sheahan had a goal and an assist, and Nick Jensen and Tomas Jurco also scored.
Sitting in the space where the ice rink is planned to go in the new arena — scheduled to open in 2017 — is a synthetic ice surface which will give fans a chance to experience the Ilitches’ vision for the site.
Andrej Nestrasil and Tomas Nosek each had a goal and an assist and the Detroit Red Wings held off the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in an exhibition game Thursday night.
The Detroit Red Wings’ exhibition game against Chicago on Thursday night is expected to start late because of mechanical issues with the Blackhawks’ plane departing Chicago.