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Trending: Zetterberg, Red Wings send Joe out in style

Riley Sheahan gets a nice ending to a tough season

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

DETROIT - The Red Wings said they wanted to send Joe Louis Arena out in style and they can consider that a mission accomplished.

The Wings defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-1, in the final game at the venerable old barn.

The final octopi count was 35 for the game.

1. Joe Louis Arena: The Wings started the day on the red carpet, joining Wings alumni coming into the Joe before the game. The game ended with the players lifting their sticks in appreciation for the fans and Henrik Zetterberg leading the team on a spontaneous farewell lap. The day ended with fans and players lifting their sticks up as fireworks went off to say one final farewell to the Joe.

Quotable: "I went to the one Montreal in 1996 when they closed the Forum. The fans here, I don't know what it is, but they're so much more noisy. It was a good ending to The Joe with the win." - former Wings coach Scotty Bowman

Quotable II: "It's been a great weekend starting off with the game last night and then today's celebration, before the game walking on the red carpet and seeing the excitement from the fans. It felt like a playoff game out here today." - former Wings captain Nick Lidstrom

2. Henrik Zetterberg: The Wings held a pre-game ceremony to celebrate Zetterberg for his 1,000th NHL game. Owner Chris Ilitch presented Zetterberg with a Rolex watch and alternate captains Niklas Kronwall and Justin Abdelkader gave Zetterberg an exclusive golf trip as Zetterberg's wife, Emma, his son, Love, and his dad, Goran, looked on. Zetterberg started the game and had a goal and an assist, finishing the season with 17 goals and 51 assists to lead the team with 68 points.

Quotable: "That it ended up to be this game, the last game at the Joe, a lot of guys came back. I actually thought it was for me. It couldn't be a better game because I played a lot of games with a lot of players that were in this weekend so they're a big part of those 1,000 games." - Zetterberg

Quotable II: "He's been our best player night in and night out. I've said it lots, him and Pavel (Datsyuk) over the last number of years have taken this team on their backs and really continued to push this team. He's an amazing competitor. I've talked about it lots last night, the best, as good a competitor as I've ever been around, the best winning hockey player of his era. He could have more points if he cheated for offense, he never does. He's a two-way player and for him to end up with a goal and an assist is totally fitting." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill

3. Riley Sheahan : It has been a very challenging season for Sheahan, who had gone 79 games without a goal this season. But Sheahan ended the drought at 7:09 of the first period, scoring a pretty, top-shelf goal from the right circle to give his team a 1-0 lead. The icing on the cake came at 17:27 of the third when Sheahan scored a power-play goal, becoming the last player to score in a game at Joe Louis Arena.

Quotable: "I heard a lot walking through the rink, on the red carpet, they had a good feeling about tonight. It was good to hear that from there. They're a very supportive group. I think that gave me a little bit of a boost tonight. It felt pretty good. Niels made a great play on the first one. I just found a little patience and got a good shot off. The second one, was just kind of a good bounce there through the crease and I had a wide open net." - Sheahan

Quotable II: "When he got his first one, I almost jumped out of my skates I was so happy for him. He had a smile from ear to ear. I could see it all the way to my net from the bench. It was really exciting." -- Jimmy Howard

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