NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Detroit
(Saturday, January 31st)
Final Score: Detroit 4, Carolina 4
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Tomas Holmstrom tallied two third-period goals to bring the Red Wings back as Detroit and Carolina skated to a 4-4 tie at Joe Louis Arena in a rematch of the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals.
The Red Wings beat Carolina in five games to pick up the 10th Cup in franchise history. Since then, both teams have met just three times with each team winning one of the previous two meetings.
Henrik Zetterberg also found the back of the net twice for the Red Wings, who are to 3-3-4-1 in their last 11.
Radim Vrbata and Sean Hill each recorded a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who are winless in 13 regular season tilts in Detroit (0-12-1).
The Hurricanes took a 4-1 lead into the second intermission, but could not pull out the victory after allowing three unanswered goals in the third stanza.
Holmstrom's 10th of the season started the comeback 9:51 into the third when he skated to a rebound and fired it into an empty near side of the net from the bottom of the left circle.
At 14:26, Zetterberg trimmed the Carolina lead to 4-3 with a power-play goal before Holmstrom posted the equalizer at 16:39 on a tip-in at the crease.
Each team managed just two shots in a scoreless extra period.
Kevin Weekes made 40 saves, but is still winless against Detroit (0-6-1).
Curtis Joseph allowed three goals on eight shots before being pulled for Manny Legace, who stopped nine shots.
The Hurricanes took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission. Just 2:37 into the game, on a wrist shot from the left circle, Pavel Brendl netted his second goal of the season to break the scoreless tie.
Then at 11:40, while on the power play, Vrbata scored on a snap shot from between the circles to increase the Carolina edge to two goals.
Rod Brind�Amour's fifth of the campaign at 16:35 closed out the first-period scoring with a slap shot from close range.
"In the first period, we went after them. We forechecked, we pinched. We took away their time and space and had success," said Carolina coach Peter Laviolette. "Then we stopped playing."
Zetterberg scored the first Detroit goal at 4:10 of the second period, but only 24 seconds later, Carolina got that goal right back courtesy of Hill's fifth of the season.
Vrbata scored his first goal in 20 games...Detroit was 2-of-7 on the power play, while Carolina was 1-of-4 in the same category.
01/31 23:50:12 ET