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Man in rafters at Joe Louis Arena

DETROIT -- An unidentified man was taken down from a conduit above a catwalk during a Detroit Red Wings game on Saturday night.

Almost an entire section of stands in the lower bowl was cleared out when the man was noticed during the second period of the Red Wings' 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena.

After he was removed from the area, fans were allowed to return to their seats.

"We didn't know what was going on until somebody pointed it out," Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said.

Photographers have remote cameras stationed on the catwalk, but no one is usually there during games.

"He got in through one of the storage cages and came out through one of the cable traps used for show cables," arena audio engineer Ricky Gopigian said.

The players were certainly surprised.

"I don't know what the guy was trying to do or anything," Los Angeles forward Anze Kopitar said. "It's the first time I've seen that."