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NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Detroit



(Sunday, December 9th)

Final Score: Detroit 5, Carolina 2

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Andreas Lilja scored the go-ahead goal in the second period as the Detroit Red Wings continued their home dominance of the Carolina Hurricanes with a 5-2 victory at Joe Louis Arena.

Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom scored 36 seconds apart late in the third for the Red Wings, who posted their sixth straight victory overall and haven't lost in the last 14 home games to the Carolina franchise.

The Hurricanes franchise has not won a regular-season game at Joe Louis Arena since Hartford scored a 3-0 victory on Nov. 14, 1989. Carolina did earn one post-season victory during that time period, a 3-2 overtime win on June 4, 2002 in Game 1 of the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals. The Red Wings went on to win the series and their 10th Stanley Cup in five games.

Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen also scored for the Red Wings, who also got three assists from Jiri Hudler and two helpers from Nicklas Lidstrom. Dominik Hasek made 15 saves in the win.

"I thought we were efficient with the puck," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought it was one of Huds' (Hudler) best games."

Erik Cole had both goals for the Hurricanes, who finished 2-3 on a five-game road trip. Cam Ward allowed five goals on 38 shots.

"It's tough. You have to keep trying to battle back, coming from behind," Cole said. "We played a better second period. We felt like we still had more to give. I wouldn't say fatigue played any kind of a role tonight."

Lilja gave the Red Wings a 3-2 lead with 7:20 left in the middle period, scoring on a shot from above the left circle.

Datsyuk then boosted the lead with 2:38 left in regulation, stealing the puck from Justin Williams and scoring on a shot from the right circle. Holmstrom iced the win moments later, scoring on a rebound off a Henrik Zetterberg shot, as Ward scrambled to get back in the net, with Carolina trying to push for an extra attacker.

The Red Wings struck first as Filppula skated through the right circle and tucked the puck by Ward 4:35 into the game. A replay was needed to see if the puck cross the goal line, which it barely did.

Cole scored 46 seconds into the second period, tapping in his own rebound on a shot from the left circle that was stopped.

Detroit went back in front at the 6:02 mark of the same stanza as Franzen lit the lamp on the power play. Daniel Cleary shot from the right circle, but Franzen, who was in front, was credited with deflecting the disc past Ward.

The Hurricanes tied it again 4 1/2 minutes later when Cole scored on the man advantage with a blast from above the left circle.

Game Notes

This was the only meeting between Detroit and Carolina this season. The teams hadn't met since January 10, 2006, when Carolina scored a 3-2 victory at the RBC Center...Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg has at least a point in 27 of his 29 games this season...Datsyuk has an eight-game point streak.

12/09 20:33:11 ET


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