Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  By DANA WAKIJI  |  Last updated 10/23/13
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DETROIT -- After all of the hype surrounding Daniel Alfredsson's first game against his former team, his current team came out and laid a collective egg. The Red Wings looked like they were skating in quicksand while the Ottawa Senators were busy scoring goals. Seemingly before the Wings got started, the Senators had taken a 3-0 lead on goals by Eric Gryba, Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan, the last two on the power play. That third goal ended goaltender Jimmy Howard's night. Jonas Gustavsson replaced him. "You get frustrated, you get mad," Howard said. "You definitely want to be better for the guys out there. The guys deserve better than what I gave them, but at the same time its hockey. Its a game of bounces and (Wednesday night) we didnt get many of them. The Wings looked to gain a bit of life when Todd Bertuzzi scored a wraparound goal on the power play at 16:14 of the first period. But the Senators just kept scoring, ending with a 6-1 victory over their new Atlantic Division rival. "Obviously we weren't expecting this," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought we were going to have a good night. I thought it was going to be real good hockey. Their team came prepared to play and skated us into the ground. "We didn't play at all. Couldn't keep it out of our net, we didn't skate good and turned tons of pucks over and in the end, didn't look like a very good team." After allowing no goals in regulation and overtime against the 8-0-1 San Jose Sharks Monday, the Wings were quite a bit more generous to the Senators. "It's not good enough, not even close to good enough," Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "We played good last game, just wanted to come out and build on that. Obviously we didn't do that. Ottawa was quicker, faster, stronger and we couldn't match it." One might have thought that despite the absence of defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder), the Wings' defense might be better as top defenseman Niklas Kronwall returned from a mild concussion. "We have to want to do something with the puck," Kronwall said. "(Wednesday) was too much watching the other team play. Starting with myself. I know I have to be better and I think a lot of guys in here feel the same way. "Each and everyone get a few percentages better, that way we can help each other become a better team." The Wings have scored just three goals in their last three games. But Zetterberg isn't worried about the offense. "It all starts with the defense," Zetterberg said. "We can't let in this many goals and think we're going to score seven to win a game." Although the Wings talked about trying to forget about the stinker of a game quickly, Babcock wasn't so sure. "It's one of those things that I don't think you forget this very easily and you shouldn't forget it either," Babcock said. "That's embarrassing to play like we did." As for Alfredsson, who had two shots and finished minus-1, he was certainly not thrilled but kept the game in the proper perspective. "Its disappointing for us to lose the way we did at home," Alfredsson said. "I would have loved to win this one no question, but we played a good game against San Jose and now we took a step back. "We have to get back with a good effort on Saturday and move it in the right direction." The Wings face the New York Rangers at home Saturday before heading out on a four-game West Coast swing.
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