wasted no time making an impression with his new team, the Detroit Red Wings
The Michigan native, who signed with Detroit this summer after spending more than two decades with the Dallas Stars
franchise, scored on his first shot as a Red Wing in Friday night's season-opener against the Anaheim Ducks
"You kind of dream about those opportunities and chances, but they never quite turn out the way you dream about," Modano told FSN-Detroit during an interview in the first intermission. "I'll take that one any day."
Defenseman Brad Stuart
kept the puck in at the left point and got it to Dan Cleary, who held off defenseman Brendan Mikkelson
in the slot. Cleary slid the puck to Modano, who ripped a wrister from the right of the high slot that went past goalie Jonas Hiller
and inside the far post at 5:35, giving the Wings a 2-0 lead. Johan Franzen
had scored 24 seconds earlier.
"Great play by the defenseman, Stewie, and then Danny holding off two guys," Modano said. "I was able to get a good shot off, a good screen, and I was able to get it by Hiller."
Modano entered the night as the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history with 557 goals and 1,359 points. All of that came with the Stars franchise, for which he played from 1989 through last season.
The 40-year-old said he felt a few butterflies before his first game as a Wing.
"I didn't sleep much last night and this afternoon -- I was a little jittery, to say the least," he said. "It's a great excitement; it's something I haven't felt in a long time in a game, so I'm pretty happy about that."