Samuelsson leads Red Wings over Thrashers
Henrik Zetterberg, who led the Red Wings (3-1-2) with 43 goals last season, had a goal and two assists for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Johan Franzen added an empty-net goal with 1:10 remaining.
Erik Christensen scored for Atlanta (1-3-0), tying the game at 1 midway through the first period. Samuelsson’s second goal, 8:10 into the second period, gave the Red Wings the lead for good.
Nicklas Lidstrom played wearing a face shield after being struck by a puck last week and had two assists for the Red Wings. The six-time Norris Trophy winner broke his nose and needed stitches over his right eye.
“It will take time to get used to wearing a shield, but I will eventually,” Lidstrom said. “I haven’t worn one since I was a rookie. I plan to keep it on all season.”
Both of Samuelsson’s goals came within 20 seconds of Atlanta being called for a penalty.
“It is always good to get time on the power play,” Samuelsson said. “I was fortunate to get the puck to go in twice.”
Christensen missed the first three preseason games with the Thrashers after hurting a shoulder.
“It felt good,” he said. “I’m getting used to the pace again.”