DETROIT — Another first on the season for the Red Wings, and this one, they wanted to stay away from for a while.
But Calgary came into Little Caesars Arena Thursday and defeated the Red Wings 3-0.
That capped the season-opening four-game homestand with a 2-1-1 record (5 points), not awful by any stretch, but just a touch off what the Wings would have preferred.
Elias Lindholm, Andrew Mangiapane and Matthew Tkachuk (empty net) scored for the Flames, while goalie Jacob Markstrom had 33 saves to earn his first shutout.
The Wings failed on three power plays, while killing two Calgary power plays.
Wings goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 27 shots, while looking for his first win of the young season (0-1-1).
Markstrom struggled in his first two games for the Flames (1-1-1), but lifted his game considerably against the Wings. The Wings had consistent offensive pressure in the first two periods, but Markstrom was able to fend off the slew of shots.
The Wings out-shot Calgary 14-4 in the second period and had two power plays, but Markstrom turned aside the consistent pressure the Wings had, maintaining the 2-0 Calgary lead.
The best saves Markstrom had in the second period came at even strength, making nice saves on Moritz Seider in the slot and Nick Leddy from near the hashmarks, on a particularly effective Wings shift.
Calgary opened the scoring Thursday at 10:06 of the first period, with Lindholm earning his third goal.