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In-Game Recap: Hurricanes vs. Red Wings

by Dana Wakiji / Detroit Red Wings

The Carolina Hurricanes came into the game in desperate need of two points, having started the season 0-3-0, which included a loss to the Red Wings at home last Saturday.

Brock McGinn, 21, playing in his first game, shot from the left circle and then went to the net to collect the rebound, beating Jimmy Howard just 55 seconds into the game.

Kris Versteeg got the only assist on the goal.

Jamie McGinn, Brock's older brother and current Buffalo Sabre, tweeted shortly afterward, "Scored my first goal vs the Wings as well."

The Wings had a couple of shots when Elias Lindholm went to the box for delay of game at 3:30 but were unable to score.

Luke Glendening missed a wide-open net near the end of the power play.

The Wings had to kill off their own penalty when Dylan Larkin was called for tripping Versteeg at 8:31.

Last Saturday in Carolina, the Wings started extremely slowly, playing back-to-back after hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs in the opener. Petr Mrazek had to stop 18 shots in the first period as the Hurricanes out-shot the Wings, 18-2.

The Wings finished the period on the penalty kill as Teemu Pulkkinen was called for high-sticking at 18:42.


SCORING: 1. CAR, McGinn (Versteeg), 0:55.

PENALTIES: 1, CAR, Lindholm (delay of game), 3:30; 2, DET, Larkin (tripping), 8:31; 3, DET, Pulkkinen (high-sticking), 18:42.

SHOTS: Detroit 5, Carolina 13

The Hurricanes started the second with 42 seconds left on their power play.

Although they did not score on that man-advantage, they got another opportunity.

Jonathan Ericsson was called for interference at 2:48 and it took the Hurricanes just 19 seconds to score.

Defenseman Justin Faulk drove to the net and got a nice pass from Eric Staal, which he buried past Jimmy Howard for a 2-0 lead.

That goal apparently earned Hurricanes fans a reward as Moe's Southwest Grill Triangle locations offer a free side of queso because of Faulk's tally.

But it wasn't the final Hurricanes goal.

Eric Staal found the rebound of Ron Hainsey's shot at 6:15 and put it in the right side of the net. Rookie Brock McGinn also assisted on the goal.

It was Staal's first career goal against the Wings in 16 games. He had scored against every other NHL team.

Wings fans finally got something to cheer for when coach Jeff Blashill switched line combinations as he did last week and it worked again.

Henrik Zetterberg delivered a nice backhand pass to a streaking Gustav Nyquist, who beat Carolina goaltender Cam Ward over the glove at 14:02.

Just 1:12 later, Riley Sheahan went to the net and rebounded Tomas Tatar's shot past Ward. Brad Richards also assisted on the goal.

The Hurricanes immediately called timeout to regroup.

Larkin nearly tied it when he went to the net but instead ended up crashing into Ward as the puck went wide of the goal.


SCORING: 1, CAR, Faulk PPG (E. Staal, Versteeg), 3:07; 2, CAR, E. Staal (Hainsey, McGinn), 6:15; 3, DET, Nyquist (Zetterberg), 14:02; 4, DET, Sheahan (Tatar, Richards), 15:14.

PENALTIES: 1, DET, Ericsson (interference), 2:48.

SHOTS: Detroit 11, Carolina 13

Henrik Zetterberg had an assist Friday, giving him eight points in four games this season. (Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)
The Hurricanes started the third period as they started the game, carrying the play.

About three minutes into the period, Mike Green brought the fans to their feet with a hit on Chris Terry.

The Wings got a power-play chance at 4:03 but barely enjoyed any offensive zone time, getting just one shot from Teemu Pulkkinen.

Right after they killed off the power play, the Hurricanes took a 4-2 lead on Versteeg's goal, which beat Howard stick-side at 6:25.

Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal assisted on the goal.

Both Versteeg and Eric Staal had a goal and two assists.

It is the first time this season that the Wings have allowed five goals and the first time the Hurricanes have scored that many.

The Wings' luck officially went away for good when Terry went behind the Wings' net and his shot went off of Brad Richards and into the net for a 5-2 Hurricanes lead.

Brad Malone and Jay McClement assisted.

The Wings did get one more goal when Pulkkinen deflected Larkin's shot at 13:52.

It was the Wings' first loss (3-1-0) and the Hurricanes' first win (1-3-0).


SCORING: 1, CAR, Versteeg (Skinner, E. Staal), 6:25; 2, CAR, Terry (Malone, McClement), 13:06; 3, DET, Pulkkinen (Larkin), 13:52.

PENALTIES: 1, CAR, Hanifin (hooking), 4:03. 


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