Senators knock off lifeless Red Wings

Senators goalie Craig Anderson receives congratulations from Chris Neil after defeating the Red...

Senators goalie Craig Anderson receives congratulations from Chris Neil after defeating the Red Wings in Detroit on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:18 AM ET

Captain Present gave Captain Past and his new team a pounding Wednesday night at The Joe.

It may not have been the “fruit basket and bottle of wine” Montreal’s Lars Eller gave Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins when he said the Oilers looked like a “junior team” a day earlier, but the Senators sure looked like they used as bulletin board material Daniel Alfredsson’s original reason for leaving Ottawa as a free agent.

Alfredsson said he thought the Red Wings had a better chance to win the Cup, eh? If the first meeting between the new division rivals was any indication, he would have been better off knowing the way to San Jose or a couple of dozen other locations in search of a ring.

Led by a two goal performance from Jason Spezza -- Alfredsson’s successor as the wearer of the “C” in Ottawa –- the Senators took advantage early of a sleepy Red Wings team and cruised to a rather startling 6-1 victory at Joe Louis Arena.


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