DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings fans filled Joe Louis Arena fired up to boo Ryan Suter and Zach Parise.
When the game was over, the Red Wings gave their followers a reason to stand and cheer.
Henrik Zetterberg snapped a tie midway through the second period, and Todd Bertuzzi scored his second goal of the game early in the third to lift Detroit to a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.
Suter was booed when he had the puck, and Parise was jeered after he scored his first goal. Both players have become unpopular in the Motor City because they turned down deals from Detroit to sign with Minnesota last summer.
Of course, you heard them, Zetterberg said.
Detroit’s new captain also heard a lot of sighs and groans early in the game from red-and-white clad fans when the Wild dominated play for much of the scoreless first period.
They gave us what we deserved because we weren’t playing well, Zetterberg said. Fans are very engaged here, that’s why this is a great place to play.
Detroit wanted to keep its depleted roster stacked with talent last July by making offers to Suter and Parise, the top two free agents, but both chose to play together in Minnesota with matching 13-year, $98 million contracts.
Parise, though, said the Red Wings were definitely one of the teams he was very interested in playing for this season.
They’re just a great organization. I have a lot of respect for them, Parise said. They do things the right way. They play the game the right way. That was a tough one, because it’s a really good place to play.
Pavel Datsyuk, who assisted on Zetterberg’s goal, put Detroit ahead by two late in the second period. Datsyuk also set up Bertuzzi on his second goal that gave the Red Wings a 5-2 lead.
DEVILS 3, CAPITALS 2, OT: In Newark, N.J., Ilya Kovalchuk scored 4:39 into overtime as New Jersey won its third straight and kept Washington winless.
Kovalchuk took a pass from defenseman Marek Zidlicky low in the left circle and beat Michal Neuvirth, who was outstanding in overtime. Neuvirth made seven saves, most on a New Jersey power play.
The Capitals (0-3-1) became the last NHL team to earn a point this season.
LIGHTNING 6, SENATORS 4: In Tampa, Fla., Ryan Malone scored a pair of third-period goals to lead Tampa.
Malone deflected Sami Salo’s blue-line slap shot at 3:39 of the third that pulled the Lightning even at 4. Tampa Bay took a 5-4 lead when the left wing scored from the low left-circle with 7:02 to play.
BRUINS 4, ISLANDERS 2: In Boston, Zdeno Chara scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Tuukka Rask made 24 saves to lift Boston.
Patrice Bergeron, Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell also scored for the Bruins (3-0-1).
HURRICANES 3, SABRES 1: In Buffalo, N.Y., Jay Harrison scored the go-ahead goal with 4:50 left as Carolina won its second straight game.
Harrison fired a slap shot from the right point after Eric Staal won the faceoff, and the puck beat Buffalo’s Ryan Miller on the short side.
JETS 4, PENGUINS 2: In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Andrew Ladd scored the go-ahead goal in the second period as Winnipeg won its first home game of the season.
Evander Kane, Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler, with a late empty-net goal, also scored for the Jets.