NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Detroit|
(Saturday, March 24th)
Final Score: Detroit 5, Carolina 4
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Jiri Hudler and Drew Miller each scored in the
third period to cap a 5-4 comeback victory by the Detroit Red Wings over the
Carolina Hurricanes at Joe Louis Arena.
Henrik Zetterberg added two goals while Todd Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit,
which rallied from a 4-1 deficit and snapped a six-game losing streak. The Red
Wings avoided dropping seven straight contests for the first time since Jan.
Ty Conklin stopped 20-of-24 shots in the win, which kept the Red Wings in the
fourth spot of the Western Conference with a one-point lead over the Nashville
Predators, who also won on Saturday.
Jiri Tlusty had two goals for the Hurricanes, who dropped their second
straight game. Chad LaRose and Jamie McBain also scored for Carolina, while
Cam Ward made 45 saves.
"It's disappointing," LaRose said about the loss. "We didn't take care of our
lead when we had the opportunity and it cost us."
Detroit trailed by one entering the third period after two late goals in the
second period cut into a 4-1 deficit and was able to knot the game at the 8:10
mark when Brad Stuart's one-timer from the high slot first hit off the skates
of Hudler before bouncing off the right skate of Carolina's Jay Harrison and
dribbling across the goal line.
The Red Wings capped their comeback and earned their first lead of the contest
with 8:25 remaining in the contest. After Carolina's Brandon Sutter pulled the
puck behind him on a defensive zone faceoff, Cleary raced to the puck and
tipped it towards the slot, where Miller caught up to it and backhanded a shot
past the glove of Ward.
The Hurricanes were unable to net the game-tying goal down the stretch as they
were held to just three shots in the final period.
"I thought we played good. I think everyone thought that we did good things,"
said Zetterberg. "We just kept going. We got to play 60 minutes and tonight we
found a way to score more goals than them."
Carolina jump out to the lead just 17 seconds into the contest after Tlusty
raced into the Red Wings' zone with Detroit's Ian White battling for a loose
puck. Tlusty managed to get his stick on the disc first and his sweeping
backhander from the right circle deflected off White's stick and snuck under
Detroit was rewarded consecutive power plays, including a brief, five second
two-man advantage, near the midpoint of the first period, but were unable to
light the lamp in the frame despite outshooting the Hurricanes by a mark of
Then, just 26 seconds into the second period, Carolina added to its lead when
Eric Staal grabbed the puck near the right boards and fed a pass to LaRose in
the left circle, where he sent a quick wrister through the short side for a
The Red Wings made it a one-goal game at the 5:10 mark of the second with
Zetterberg's wrister from the right circle that deflected off the toe of
Hurricanes defenseman Bryan Allen and slipped between the pads of Ward.
Detroit supplied almost constant pressure over the next eight-plus minutes
trying for the equalizer, but Ward made several big saves in that span before
the Hurricanes tallied two quick power play goals.
Carolina was awarded a 5-on-3 power play for 31 seconds with 4:53 left in the
second when Cleary was whistled for hooking while Nicklas Lidstrom was
already in the box for an interference penalty, and the Hurricanes took
advantage with one second left on the two-man advantage on McBain's one-time
blast from the top of the left circle into the top-right corner.
The Hurricanes made it a 4-1 game 17 seconds later on Tlusty's redirection in
But Detroit responded with Zetterberg's one-timer from the high slot with 3:02
remaining in the middle stanza that deflected into the net off Ward's mask and
a Bertuzzi goal at the 17:16 mark when he batted a skipping left-point shot by
Gustav Nyquist out of midair an into the twine to make it a 4-3 contest
entering the third.
Lidstrom returned from an 11-game absence because of a bone bruise in his
right ankle. The Red Wings also got back defenseman Jakub Kindl after missing
eight contests with a strained oblique muscle...Detroit improved to 29-5-2 at
home this season, while Carolina fell to 11-18-9 on the road...The Hurricanes
have not won a regular season game in Detroit since November 14, 1989 when the
team was still known as the Hartford Whalers.
03/24 23:27:50 ET