Mike Green scored three times for his first hat trick and Darren Helm had two goals to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Monday night in their last home opener at Joe Louis Arena.
Green scored twice in the first period and his third goal restored a three-goal lead with 6:36 left in the game. Helm scored on a breakaway in between Green’s goals in the first period and added a second goal with 2:56 left in the third.
Ryan Dzingel’s short-handed goal midway through the second period pulled the Senators within two goals.
Detroit’s Petr Mrazek made 13 of his 31 saves in the second period to keep a relatively comfortable cushion.
Andrew Hammond stopped 20 shots in his first start of the season for Ottawa.
The Red Wings are leaving the venue they have called home since the 1979-80 season.