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Hurricanes win first, hand Red Wings first loss

by Paul Harris

DETROIT -- Kris Versteeg and Eric Staal each had a goal and two assists to help the Carolina Hurricanes win their first game of the season, 5-3 against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Friday.

"In all of our games, we've been right there to win. ... We've been in every game so far. It's nice to finally win one," Versteeg said. "... It's great, really rewarding. We should have gotten it before tonight. But it was a big win tonight."

In two games this season, the Hurricanes outshot the Red Wings 83-39.

Carolina controlled most of the game Friday and had a 36-20 shots advantage. The Hurricanes lost to the Red Wings 4-3 on Oct. 10.

"We put the puck in the net this time," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said.

Staal's goal was his first against Detroit in his 12-season NHL career. It was the franchise's second win in 20 games at Joe Louis Arena since 1990, when it was the Hartford Whalers (2-17-1).

"They're a team that throws a lot of pucks at the net, from the corners and everywhere," Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "Obviously, we want to be in lanes. I thought we were good enough in that part, but it's more the battles and they skated really hard and we didn't."

Brock McGinn scored on his first NHL shift and had an assist. Justin Faulk and Chris Terry also scored for Carolina (1-3-0), and Cam Ward made 17 saves.

"You don't ever expect to come into the League like that, but it was definitely a lot of fun," McGinn said. "A good game, and it was fun coming out with the win."

Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan and Teemu Pulkkinen scored for Detroit (3-1-0). Jimmy Howard made 31 saves.

"Our guys know it, we weren't good enough tonight. They had more jump than we had," said Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, who lost for the first time as an NHL coach. "Sometimes it comes down to schematic stuff, sometimes you're playing well and it just doesn't go your way. I thought tonight we didn't win enough puck races, puck battles that it takes to win hockey games."

McGinn scored 55 seconds into the game when he put in his rebound on a 2-on-1. His original shot came from the bottom of the left circle after a turnover in the neutral zone.

"The guy took away the passing lane so I just shot it and the puck came right back to me," McGinn said.

McGinn was called up from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Wednesday; he was one of the last cuts before the regular season.

"He'll never forget that one, will he?" Peters said. "Nice debut for him. Like I said, he wants to make it hard for us to send him back."

Faulk's power-play goal made it 2-0 3:07 into the second period. He one-timed a shot into the open side of the net from the bottom of the left circle for his second goal of the season.

Staal made it 3-0 at 6:15 when he put in a rebound for his second goal.

Nyquist scored Detroit's first goal with 5:58 left in the period. He beat Ward with a wrist shot from the top inside edge of the left circle on a 2-on-1. It was his second goal.

Sheahan made it 3-2 with his first goal of the season, with 4:46 remaining in the period. He backhanded in a rebound.

"We'd kind of go in spurts. For us to be successful we've got to be consistent, play all three periods the same way," Sheahan said. "Tonight we kind of put our foot on the pedal and take it off and then put it on and take it off. It's something we've got to work on, being a little more consistent."

Versteeg made it 4-2 with his first goal, 6:25 into the third period, a one-timer from the slot.

Terry scored his first goal with 6:54 left for a 5-2 lead. Pulkkinen scored his third 46 seconds later. Each of Pulkkinen's goals has been against the Hurricanes.

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