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Reimer makes 19 saves, Hurricanes shut out Red Wings

Aho has goal, assist for Carolina, which has won six of seven; Detroit is 0-4-2 in past six

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

Aho nets goal after board rebound

CAR@DET: Aho uses board bounce to set up first goal

Sebastian Aho sends the puck off the boards and capitalizes on a carom in front to record the opening goal for the Hurricanes

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DETROIT -- James Reimer made 19 saves for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 2-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.

It was Reimer's first shutout with the Hurricanes and 22nd in the NHL. 

"I got my first NHL shutout against them and now I've gotten one for them," said Reimer, whose first NHL shutout came against the Hurricanes on Feb. 3, 2011, when he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs. "That kind of brings it full circle, which is fun."


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Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen each had a goal and an assist for Carolina (15-8-1), which was coming off a 4-2 victory against the Florida Panthers on Saturday and has won six of its past seven games.

"It's been great the last two games," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "That's how we want to play. We weren't sharp in the first period, but [Reimer] held down the fort and we defended fairly well after that."

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Jimmy Howard made 34 saves for Detroit (7-16-3), which was also playing the second game of a back-to-back (lost 5-1 to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday) and is 0-4-2 in its past six games.

"We couldn't get out of our own end," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "When you have to defend that much on the second half of a back-to-back, it is really tough. Defense is harder to play than offense."

Aho gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead at 10:37 of the second period. Aho skated to the top of the left circle and shot wide off the end boards before getting his rebound in the crease when Howard couldn't cover the loose puck. Andrei Svechnikov had the secondary assist on the play to extend his point streak to eight games (five goals, seven assists).

"I was trying to bank the puck off the boards to [Teravainen], but I guess he can't skate as fast on the second night of a back-to-back," Aho joked. "That meant I had to go get it myself."

Nino Niederreiter took Carolina's only penalty at 17:33 of the third period, but Teravainen scored shorthanded into an empty net to make it 2-0 at 18:47.

The Red Wings didn't get a shot on goal during the 6-on-4 advantage.

"We were really good in the neutral zone all night and then we took a penalty right at the end," Brind'Amour said. "This was a game where everyone stepped up and made plays when we needed them."

Carolina outshot the Red Wings 24-8 over the final two periods, including 13-3 in the third.

"We didn't make it hard enough on their defensemen and their goalie," Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin said. "They've got big defensemen who make it tough to get set up in their zone, but we've got to be able to get five guys attacking and create chances."

Said Aho, "We were trying to get the puck deep and grind away at them in their end so they couldn't play offense. They were pretty gassed when they finished their shifts. That's how we try to play every night."

Detroit played without forward Anthony Mantha, its leading scorer, because of a lower-body injury he sustained in the loss to the Devils.

"We didn't have an offensive spark and Anthony's been our best offensive player this year," Larkin said. "We missed him for sure, but we don't know how long he's going to be out so we can't start thinking about that."


They said it

"I thought it was impressive that we could stay on the gas without giving up many chances. We locked it down in the second and third periods and we actually had quite a few good scoring opportunities. I just thought their goalie played really well." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour

"Nobody likes playing that kind of game. It's boring and it is all work and you are defending the whole time. We have to keep working to get out of our end and have a simple plan. We've got to make hard plays to get out of our end and find ways to spend more time in the offensive zone." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill 


Need to know

Hurricanes defenseman Joel Edmundson's point streak ended at six games. … Teravainen has 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in his past nine games. … Red Wings forward Filip Zadina had one shot in 15:04 of ice time in his season debut. Zadina, who was called up from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League to replace Mantha, was playing his third game in three nights.


What's next

Hurricanes: At the New York Rangers on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Red Wings: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, SNE, SNO, FS-D, NHL.TV)

Video: Reimer, Hurricanes shut out Red Wings, 2-0

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