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Miller, Howard lead Wings past Hurricanes, 3-1 @NHL

DETROIT (AP) -Drew Miller had a goal and an assist, and Jimmy Howard made 37 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Thursday night.

Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg also scored, and Valtteri Filppula had two assists for the Red Wings. Tom Kostopoulos scored for Carolina, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Cam Ward stopped 32 shots.

Lidstrom scored his first goal since Oct. 8 to give Detroit a 1-0 lead with 8:30 left in the first period. It was a power-play effort as Lidstrom scored on a slap shot from the just inside the blue line in the middle of the ice. His second goal broke a 42-game scoring drought, the second longest of Lidstrom's career.

Miller's power-play goal 1:34 into the second period made it 2-0. He put in a loose puck from the front of the net for his fifth goal.

Kostopoulos put Carolina on the board 7:17 into the third period when he knocked in the rebound of Brandon Sutter's long shot.

Zetterberg made it 3-1 with 5:20 left when he tipped in Todd Bertuzzi's pass for his 11th goal.

NOTES: Detroit D Jonathan Ericsson returned after missing 12 games with a bruised knee cap. ... Carolina G Manny Legace, D Aaron Ward and LW Ray Whitney are all former Red Wings. ... Hurricanes' D Tim Gleason is from the Detroit suburb of Clawson and RW Sergei Samsonov played with the now-defunct Detroit Vipers of the old International Hockey League. ... Carolina D Joni Pitkonen limped off the ice and went to the locker room with 8:36 left after being hit with a shot.

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