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Hainsey lifts Hurricanes to win against Red Wings

by Paul Harris

DETROIT -- Ron Hainsey's goal early in the third period broke a tie, and the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday.

It was Carolina's second consecutive win in Detroit after the Hartford Whalers/Hurricanes franchise had a 1-17-1 record at Joe Louis Arena since 1990.

"We've skated pretty well against them this year," Hainsey said. "Obviously, three of our nine games have been against them early."

The Hurricanes defeated the Red Wings 5-3 in Detroit on Oct. 16 after losing to them 4-3 at PNC Arena on Oct. 10, when they had a 47-19 shots advantage.

Victor Rask and captain Eric Staal also scored for Carolina (3-6-0), and Cam Ward made 25 saves.

"Right from the get-go, we came to play tonight," Ward said. "I particularly liked the way we tracked them defensively."

Jakub Kindl scored for Detroit (4-4-1), which has lost five of six games (1-4-1), and Petr Mrazek made 18 saves.

"I think it was not a lot happening, chances-wise," Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "I think it was a really tight game, both teams played strong in front of their goalie."

Hainsey gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead 4:35 into the third period. After Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall failed to connect with forward Tomas Jurco on a pass along the boards, Hainsey's one-time slap shot from just inside the blue line at the left point beat Mrazek, who was screened.

"They tried to make a tight little passing play, and it got away from the winger along the boards," Hainsey said. "… I was just coming off the bench. Got a lot on it … got it by him."

"That was a turnover," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "It was a handle-able puck, we didn't handle it, and it was kind of a seeing-eye shot."

Ward stopped Drew Miller cutting in off the right wing on a shorthanded rush with 2:43 left to preserve the one-goal lead for Carolina, and Staal scored into an empty net with 30 seconds remaining.

"They had good pressure in the third period," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said, "but we got through it. … We played hard."

Rask took advantage of a miscue by Mrazek to open the scoring with 7:34 left in the second period. Rask, at the top of the left circle, knocked down Mrazek's attempted clearing pass, picked up the puck, skated past the Detroit goaltender and put it into the empty net for his third goal.

"It shouldn't happen," Mrazek said. "I had that bounce from me and (it) went in the net. That was a mistake."

Kindl tied it 1-1 with 2:16 left in the second period. His wrist shot from the right point deflected in off the skate of Carolina forward Jay McClement. It was Kindl's first goal.

Carolina was 0-for-3 on the power play; Detroit was 0-for-2.

Mrazek made consecutive big saves with a little more than seven minutes left in the first period to keep the game scoreless. He stopped McClement's backhand shot from the inside edge of the left circle through a screen before making a save on Brad Malone's rebound attempt.

Red Wings defenseman Alexey Marchenko lifted Staal's stick to break up a breakaway attempt with seconds left in the first period.

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