Petr Mrazek stopped 33 shots for Detroit, which got a regulation and shootout goal from Gustav Nyquist. Tomas Tatar also scored in the shootout.
Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has officially retired.
The Red Wings were interested in re-signing Alfredsson, but back problems hampered the 41-year-old forward and prevented him from committing to another NHL season.
Daniel Alfredsson got a firsthand look at how the Ottawa Senators are now struggling without him.
Clarke MacArthur scored two goals, and the Ottawa Senators outlasted Detroit in a testy third period to beat the Red Wings 4-2 on Saturday night.
Sure there obviously were issues in Ottawa that forced him to leave after 17 seasons with the Senators, but still, it was surprising considering everybody close to the situation thought Alfredson was staying put.
Alfredsson was held without a point by his former team. The Swedish winger spent 17 seasons with the Senators before signing a one-year deal with the Red Wings in the offseason.
Jarome Iginla and James Neal each scored twice and the Pittsburgh Penguins routed the Ottawa Senators 7-3 on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The Detroit Red Wings are getting older, but expectations haven’t lessened for one of the NHL’s most storied – and successful – franchises.
Detroit Red Wings assistant Paul MacLean has been hired as the new coach of the Ottawa Senators.