RALEIGH, N.C. - Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom each scored goals Monday night to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1.
Marian Hossa and Brian Rafalski assisted on Holmstrom's go-ahead goal early in the second period, helping the Red Wings win their second road game in as many tries this season. Ty Conklin added 27 saves to earn the win in his first appearance of the year, while Henrik Zetterberg added an empty-net goal with in the final seconds to seal it.
Joe Corvo scored for Carolina, which lost for the first time this season. Cam Ward finished with 33 saves for the Hurricanes, who have fallen behind in all three games this year. This time, it was only by a single goal, but they couldn't rally for the victory against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Detroit - coming off a 3-2 win at Ottawa on Saturday - pushed ahead for good on Holmstrom's third goal of the season, which came only minutes after Corvo's goal tied it at 1-1. He set up near the top of the crease, then took a perfect touch pass from Hossa on the left side for the short putaway past Ward at 5:04 of the second period.
The Red Wings had plenty of chances to increase their lead, starting with a power play followed almost immediately by a four-minute penalty on Carolina defenceman Tim Gleason. But they came up empty on those chances, then hit both the crossbar and the post on third-period shots as they tried to put the game away before Zetterberg's goal.
The Hurricanes had fallen behind 2-0 in the opener against Florida before rallying for a 6-4 victory Friday, then rallied from a 3-0 deficit for a 4-3 overtime win at Tampa Bay on Saturday. They fell behind again Monday, though this time by just a goal when Lidstrom buried a straightaway shot at 6:55 of the first period when the Hurricanes failed to clear the puck on a Detroit power play.
Corvo answered in the second, taking a pass from Ray Whitney from behind the net and getting an open look from between the circles. Corvo buried the shot past Conklin less than a minute into the period to tie it on the 4-on-4 even-strength goal.
Notes: The Hurricanes wore their new alternate black uniforms for the first time. The Hurricanes plan to wear the uniforms for 15 home games this year. ... Lidstrom's first-period goal was the first time Detroit scored first in a game this season. ... The game was a rematch of the 2002 Stanley Cup finals series won in five games by the Red Wings and the only meeting this year.