OTTAWA -- Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland was in the house as his team made him No. 1.
When the Red Wings shut out the Ottawa Senators, 2-0, at Canadian Tire Centre Saturday night, it gave Holland 914 victories as Detroit's general manager, moving past Jack Adams for first in franchise history.
"It probably means I'm getting old," Holland joked after the team awarded him the game puck in the post-game celebration. "Obviously it's an Original Six franchise and I joined the team in 1983 as a goalie and became a scout in 1985. Obviously as times wore on, I became very aware of the Red Wing franchise. Like last night when Red Kelly went up in the rafters, all those great names. Jack Adams was the manager of most of those players from the '50s.
"To go by Jack Adams' record for wins means a lot. It's an Original Six franchise, he was a great manager. They had great teams here. They won four Cups in the '50s. I was very fortunate that I got mentored by Jimmy D (Jimmy Devellano) and I got an opportunity in 1997 to become a general manager of an Original Six team. Pretty special."
It was a great moment for the entire team to celebrate with Holland in the dressing room.
"I can't say enough good things," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "He's a future Hall of Fame GM, one of the best of all-time. He's one of the best people you can have a chance to work for. I think it's awesome. The company he's with is amazing. In my mind, he's the best and great for him to be able to have this night with our team. I feel real thankful that I'm able to be a part of it."
The impressive part for Holland's team is it was without its best player, Dylan Larkin, who missed the game because of a strained oblique muscle. Larkin is expected to miss 1-2 weeks.
Danny DeKeyser and Darren Helm scored for the Wings.
Detroit goaltender Jonathan Bernier had 35 saves. Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson made 19 saves.
The Red Wings improved to 21-25-7. The Senators fell to 19-28-5.
Up next for the Wings is a little break before the next game, at home Thursday against the Vegas Golden Knights.
The Senators will travel to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
1. Jonathan Bernier: Bernier was making his first start since Jan. 20 in Vancouver. The All-Star break and bye gave the veteran goalie nearly two weeks between games. But Bernier was sharp and had to be as the Senators came in with a shoot-first mentality. In the first alone, Bernier faced 15 shots, stopping all of them. He made tough saves on Thomas Chabot from the point, on Matt Duchene from in front of the net, on Maxime Lajoie in the right circle and on Jean-Gabriel Pageau from the left circle. In the second, Bernier only faced seven shots but made some nice saves during a late penalty kill, including on Chris Tierney from the right circle. Early in the third, Senators leading scorer Mark Stone had a chance at 2:50 that Bernier saved. The Senators pulled Anderson with about three minutes remaining in the game and Bernier was there to finish off the shutout, his first with the Wings and the 17th of his career. Bernier's last shutout came Jan. 4, 2018 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Quotable: "I thought Bernier was real good tonight. I thought they had a number of shots in the first and he was able to keep it out and then I thought in the third when he needed to make big saves he was real good. I got lots of faith in Bernie. I think Bernie is a real good goalie. He found a way to stay, at different times of the year when it's been tough to stay with it, him and I have talked, a big part of this game is being mentally tough and I thought he was excellent tonight." -- Blashill
Quotable II: "As the third period was winding down, nobody said anything. It just kind of felt like we wanted to get the win for Bernie. Obviously, he's had some tough games. The second night of back to backs is when he's playing usually, so it's tough on him. I'm just glad we got a win for him." -- DeKeyser
Quotable III: "He's been great for us all season, he's given us a chance to win every game he's played. It was nice to not only get the win but to get the shutout as well. I'm happy for Bernie. He deserves it." -- Niklas Kronwall
2. Danny DeKeyser: The veteran Red Wings defenseman had been limited to just half of the team's games this season because of two separate hand injuries. When healthy, however, DeKeyser has played some of his best hockey. After a refreshing trip to Mexico during the All-Star break and bye, DeKeyser said he felt great and was eager to return to the grind of the season. On Friday night at home against Toronto, DeKeyser scored the overtime winner. On Saturday in Ottawa, DeKeyser picked up where he left off, firing the puck from the right point at 12:04. With Frans Nielsen and Thomas Vanek screening Anderson, the puck went in for DeKeyser's third goal of the season. Vanek and Nick Jensen got the assists. DeKeyser finished with 30 shifts for a team-high 23:35, had one shot, four hits, one blocked shot and was plus-1.
Quotable: "It's funny how this game works. Sometimes you get tons of chances and everything just stays out, hits the post, goes wide, whatever. Sometimes they just start going in. It's definitely nice when they go in." -- DeKeyser
3. Darren Helm: Helm is another veteran who has been limited this season because of injuries. In Helm's case, it was a shoulder injury that forced him out for 21 games. It was a milestone night for Helm, who was playing in his 600th career NHL game. Just 39 seconds after DeKeyser had scored, Helm and Martin Frk ended up in a 2-on-1 in the Ottawa zone. Helm passed to Frk in the right circle and Frk passed it back. Helm went to the net, deked Anderson and put the puck in the empty net at 12:43. Frk and Luke Glendening got the assists. Helm finished with 23 shifts for 15:00, had three shots, one hit, two minor penalties and was plus-1.
Quotable: "I didn't even know. That's good. Helmer's a heck of a player, he just plays hard every day and his competitive level is great. This game a lot of times comes down to winning puck battles and puck races and he does a great job of that. Good poise for him to have that goal." -- Blashill