NHL Game Summary - Detroit vs. St. Louis
(Friday, October 2nd)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Detroit 3
Stockholm, Sweden (Sports Network) - Paul Kariya notched a pair of scores as St. Louis rallied from a two-goal deficit to top Detroit, 4-3, in the season- opener for both clubs at Globe Arena in Stockholm.
Jay McClement added a goal and one assist for the Blues, who made a late charge to a playoff berth before being eliminated in a first-round four-game sweep by Vancouver in 2008-09.
B.J. Crombeen also scored, while Chris Mason stopped 31 shots for the win.
Kirk Maltby posted a goal and a helper for the Red Wings, who finished with the second-best record in the Western Conference a year ago but fell in a seven-game Stanley Cup Finals to Pittsburgh.
Ville Leino and Jonathan Ericsson also tallied, but Chris Osgood allowed all four goals on 23 shots in defeat.
The clubs will complete the series with St. Louis as the home team on Saturday afternoon in Sweden's capital.
Leino gave the Wings a 3-1 lead with a power-play score 7:17 into the second, on a sizzling wrister from the right circle, but the Blues countered with a pair of scores separated by two minutes and three goals over a five-minute span.
Kariya cut the Blues' deficit to one during a power play at 12:31 with a screened wrister from the slot, and Crombeen followed up McClement's chance from the left wing at 14:39.
Kariya added his second of the period with 2:24 left, streaking behind the Wings' defense and sticking a shot past Osgood inside the left post for a 4-3 St. Louis edge.
In a tighter-checking third period, Detroit enjoyed a 9-8 shot advantage but failed to net the tying goal, including a stretch inside the final minute with an extra attacker.
The Blues got on the board a little less than eight minutes into the contest as McClement converted a centering pass from Brad Winchester, then the Wings countered almost three minutes later as Ericsson followed Kris Draper and netted his rebound.
Maltby notched a short-handed breakaway goal at 14:01, beating Mason just under the crossbar for a 2-1 Detroit edge.
Detroit won five of the six meetings last season, and have taken nine of 15 matchups over the last two-plus years...Ericsson suffered an ankle injury late in the second period and did not return...The Blues finished 1-for-4 with the man advantage and the Red Wings went 1-for-5.
10/02 18:17:12 ET