The Red Wings suffered their first loss of the season last night, 5-to-4 in an overtime shootout against Colorado at Joe Louis Arena. The Avalanche scored the lone goal of the shootout in the sixth round to secure the victory. Johan Franzen had two goals for Detroit, which fell to 2-0-and-1. Jimmy Howard turned away 34-of-38 shots for the Red Wings in the defeat and said after the game that it seemed like Colorado had more energy, even though they played on back-to-back nights.
Red Wing’s defenseman Brian Rafalski underwent knee surgery on Tuesday and will be lost to the club indefinitely while Detroit forward Kirk Maltby officially retired on Tuesday after a 16-year career in the NHL. A 4-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings, Maltby will remain with the organization as a professional scout. Detroit returns to the ice tomorrow night at Dallas