Patrick Kane scores his first goal with the Detroit Red Wings in loss to Ottawa Senators
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Patrick Kane wasted no time making an impact for the Detroit Red Wings, scoring his first goal for his new team on Saturday against the Ottawa Senators. However, it was not enough as the Wings fell 5-1 at Little Caesars Arena.

Kane, who signed a one-year deal with Detroit on November 28th after 15 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, potted a power play goal in the first period to tie the game at 1-1. It marked Kane’s 452nd career NHL goal.

After sniping a top-shelf shot past Senators goalie Joonas Korpisalo, Kane celebrated emphatically, shouting “Let’s go!” and pumping his fist. His Red Wings teammates mobbed him along the boards as the crowd roared its approval.

“It felt great to get that first one,” said Kane. “I’ve been anxious to contribute since I got here. This is a talented group that can do big things. I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

The goal came just moments after Detroit captain Dylan Larkin was injured on a hit from behind and had to leave the game. With the crowd still on edge, Kane’s tally electrified the building and gave Detroit positive energy.

“We responded the right way after that scary moment with Larks,” Kane noted. “It got the fans into it and gave us some positive energy.”

Unfortunately for Detroit, the Senators controlled much of the play from that point on. Goals from Claude Giroux, Vladimir Tarasenko, Dominik Kubalik, and Tim Stutzle had Ottawa up 4-1 through two periods. A long empty netter in the third period sealed the Senators’ victory.

Kane and the Wings won’t have long to dwell on the loss, as they turn around to face the Winnipeg Jets at home on Sunday night. For now, the veteran winger is happy to have that first Detroit goal under his belt.

“It’s one game at a time, but that felt good for sure,” Kane said with a smile. “Now hopefully they start coming in bunches.”