The Blues opened their 2005-2006 season with a 5-1 loss to the Red Wings. It was a rough outing for new goaltender Patrick Lalime, who was pulled in the second period, after Brett Lebda’s unassisted wrist shot gave Detroit a 4-1 lead. Lalime faced 21 shots on goal.
He was replaced by Rheinhard Divis, who stopped 10-of-11 shots on goal. Divis gave up a power play goal from Robert Lange at the 16:22 mark of the second period.
Eric Brewer scored the Blues’ only goal, but it merely dented the Red Wings’ dominance on Wednesday. His goal, which was assisted by Petr Cajanek, came at the 11:16 mark of the second period, cutting St. Louis’ deficit to 2-1.
The Blues put just 14 shots on goal, compared to 37 by the Red Wings.