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In-Game Recap: Hurricanes vs. Red Wings

by Dana Wakiji / Detroit Red Wings

Darren Helm (above) had two of the Red Wings' nine shots on goal during the first period against the Hurricanes. (Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)

DETROIT - The Red Wings (4-3-1) came into their third meeting with the Carolina Hurricanes (2-6-0) preaching puck possession and cutting down on turnovers.

Both of those things were problems in the two previous games against the Hurricanes as the Wings were badly out-shot.

After a bit of a slow start, the Wings' energy picked up a bit in the final part of the first period.

The Hurricanes were out-shooting the Wings 6-3 with 5:02 left in the period but the Wings rebounded to take the lead in shots by the end.

Dylan Larkin and Darren Helm led the Wings with two shots each.

The Wings managed to win just 31 percent of their face-offs in the first.

Carolina's Elias Lindholm and Jay McClement combined to win all five of their face-offs.



PENALTIES: 1. CAR, Gerbe (double minor, roughing,) 3:59; 2. DET, Tatar (minor, roughing,) 3:59.

SHOTS: Detroit 9, Carolina 8.

Although the Red Wings had more offensive zone time in the second period, it was the Carolina Hurricanes who got on the board first.

Detroit goaltender Petr Mrazek came out of his net to clear the puck but the puck bounced off of Carolina's Victor Rask, who then had a breakaway into an open net at 12:26 for the game's first goal.

The unassisted tally was Rask's third goal of the season.

The Wings finally caught a break at 17:44 of the second when Jakub Kindl's shot from the right point deflected off Jay McClement's foot past goaltender Cam Ward.

Kindl's goal was his first since March 24, 2015, against Arizona.

Before that, the only highlight of the period for the Wings was a defensive play by Alexey Marchenko, who prevented Riley Nash from getting a shot off on an odd-man rush with a sliding block midway through.

Justin Abdelkader was called for boarding with 13.5 seconds remaining in the second.


SCORING: 1. CAR, Rask (unassisted), 12:26; 2. DET, Kindl (Jurco), 17:44.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Abdelkader (boarding), 19:46.

SHOTS: Detroit 10 (19), Carolina 9 (17).

The Hurricanes were not able to capitalize on the remainder of their power play, particularly since Eric Staal was called for tripping Jonathan Ericsson with 55 seconds left in it.

But the Wings did not score with their brief man-advantage either.

Carolina defenseman Ron Hainsey scored his first goal of the season from the left point, beating Mrazek stick-side at 4:35 of the third.

It was Hainsey's first goal since March 15, 2015, at Columbus.

The Wings had a chance to tie the game on Drew Miller's shorthanded chance at 17:17 but Ward was able to stop it.


SCORING: 1. CAR, Hainsey (unassisted), 4:35.

PENALTIES: 1. CAR, E. Staal (tripping), 0:51; 2. DET, Sheahan (high-sticking), 8:58; 3. Kindl (interference), 16:36.

SHOTS: Detroit 7 (26), Carolina 4 (21).

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