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Trending: Red Wings feel right at home in Little Caesars Arena

Detroit skates to a 5-1 victory over Boston in its 'loud' new rink

by Arthur J. Regner @arthurjregner /

DETROIT, -- During Detroit's illustrious hockey history each arena the Cougars/Falcons/Red Wings have called home has had its own unique aura.

Olympia Stadium and Joe Louis Arena were citadels of Red Wings lore with each building harboring several Stanley Cup championship teams and dozens of Hall of Fame players.

If the first game at Little Caesars Arena is any indication, the building will quickly create its own legacy.

The Red Wings defeated the Bruins 5-1 Saturday before a raucous crowd, notching their first preseason victory after dropping their first three exhibition contests, which were all on the road.

Detroit will be seeking its second preseason victory on Monday when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Little Caesars Arena.

1. Frk produces with the big boys: After Saturday's morning skate, Wings forward Martin Frk told reporters he had to make a statement against the Bruins since he was on a line with Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha, whom he referred to as the 'big boys." Frk's statement was evident as he was the first star of the game, netting two goals among three points and finishing plus-2. Known for having a rocket of a shot, Frk unleashed his weapon in the third period when he scored on the power play with a blistering slap shot. If Frk does win a roster spot on the Wings, he must prove he can consistently produce on the power play.

Quotable: "I thought I played good the first game in Boston (Tuesday night), but I just didn't have the luck to score. Today, the first goal I was trying to look for a spot in the middle of the slot and I got it (from a pass from Mantha). That is my job, I've got to score goals and I did it. That helps me, but there are still a lot of games to play. Those two (Larkin and Mantha) are great players, I played with Moe (Mantha) back in Grand Rapids, I didn't have too much time with Larks (Larkin); I didn't play with him. It's a treat to play with those guys, I have to enjoy it and not be in their way and just try and find a spot. They know I have a good shot so they're trying to find me as well." - Frk

Quotable II: "He's got a cannon. Now as it goes about the league how hard of a shot he has and how fast he can get it off and teams start to zero in on him, his next key is still going to be to find a way to get open so he can get it off." - Jimmy Howard on Frk's shot

2. Howard loves the Little Caesars boards: Joe Louis Arena's boards had a mind of their own. Players, especially goalies, had no idea where the puck would go once it ricocheted off the plywood wall. The Wings skaters figured out the boards after a while, but Detroit's goaltenders never were able to get a true read on which direction the puck was headed. After playing his first game at Little Caesars Arena, Wings goalie Jimmy Howard was all smiles. Not only did he get a victory, he was calm, cool and collected because the boards were not a nightmare to figure out. Unlike the Joe, Little Caesars boards are NHL standard regulation.

Quotable: "I think we always seemed to get a couple goals throughout the year where it was a crazy bounce off the boards and it would deflect off the goalie or deflect right out in front for an open net. It's definitely more controlled (at Little Caesars Arena). These boards are just like any other boards around the league with the league mandate. When it comes to playing the puck, there's really no more surprises." - Howard

3. Little Caesars Arena is LOUD: When Little Caesars Arena was being designed, Detroit's hierarchy stressed to the architects they wanted the arena to be the loudest in the NHL. With its straight up design and special sound grid for a ceiling, Little Caesars Arena was extremely loud, even though the building was not completely full. There was a constant hum and when the Wings scored the eruption from the crowd was ear-piercing.

Quotable: "It was cool. When I stand on the bench, when you go to a watch a new rink, sometimes they look cavernous, big, almost look like soccer stadiums but this thing feels like they're on top of you. I know that was a huge thing that Chris Ilitch and Ken Holland wanted and it feels that way, it feels like the fans are on top of you. And the other thing I'd say is I think it's going to be a really, really loud building. Even at the end when the fans were cheering it was really loud. You put more people in the stands and it's going to be a real loud building" - Blashill

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