ST. LOUIS – Robert Lang had a goal and an assist, and Jason Williams had three assists to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a season-opening home-and-home sweep of the St. Louis Blues with a 4-3 victory Thursday night.

Detroit, which beat the Blues 5-1 at home Wednesday night, could not have asked for a better opponent to open the season. Since 2002-03, Detroit is 11-1-1 against St. Louis.

Mikael Samuelsson, Jiri Fischer and Brendan Shanahan also scored for Detroit, while Manny Legace made 23 saves for his second win in as many nights. The victory wasn’t assured until the final seconds as the Blues, with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker, got off several shots in a goal-mouth scramble. St. Louis outshot Detroit 11-4 in the final period.

Doug Weight had a goal and an assist for St. Louis, while defenseman Andy Roach scored his first career goal and Dean McAmmond got his first goal as a member of the Blues.

Detroit led 2-1 after the first period, and appeared to take control when Fischer and Shanahan scored late in the second.

Fischer made it 3-1 at 16:10 when he took a feed from Tomas Holmstrom, skated down the right side and beat goalie Patrick Lalime inside the far post. Shanahan then scored on the power play with 1:43 left in the period as he put in the rebound of Williams’ shot from the left point.

But Weight cut it to 4-2 with a power-play goal at 5:06 of the third, and McAmmond made it a one-goal game 1:04 later when he beat Legace with a slap shot from the left circle.

On Wednesday, St. Louis had one shot in six power-play attempts. The Blues had six power plays in the first period Thursday, and managed to score their first goal when Roach snuck in from the left point and banged a centering pass from Weight past Legace 8:29 into the game.

The Red Wings tied it at 1 at 13:26 of the first period when Lang beat Lalime with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle. Detroit took the lead 2:28 later when Samuelsson’s centering attempt banked off the skate of Weinrich and past Lalime.

Notes: Blues F Keith Tkachuk was scratched due to a sore groin. … It was the first regular season game at the Savvis Center since April 1, 2004, when the Blues lost 3-2 to Detroit. … The three points equaled a career high for Williams.

AP-ES-10-06-05 2246EDT


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