Perth's Jared Coreau and his Detroit Red Wing team mates took some of the shine off Daniel Alfredsson's celebration last night at the Canadian Tire Centre as the Wings scored in overtime to defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-2.
Alfredsson played 17 seasons with the Sens and was honoured in a pregame ceremony as his number 11 sweater was retired.
Coreau, a 6 ft 6 goaltender, was playing in his third NHL game. He made 26 saves in regulation time, earning his second NHL win and also second star of the game.
A large contingent of friends and family attended the game, including Coreau's 92 year old grandmother Patricia Thompson. She told Fox Sports Detroit watching her grandson play was the highlight of her life.
Coreau was called up from Detroit's American Hockey League affiliate the Grand Rapids Griffins on Nov. 26 after Jimmy Howard suffered a groin injury. Howard's expected to be out of action until February.
The Red Wings next game is the NHL Centennial Classic in Toronto on New Year's Day. The Ottawa Senators will also play Jan. 1 when they meet up with the Washington Capitals in Washington.