DETROIT - The Red Wings continued their hot play at home, defeating the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2, Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena.
The Wings have now won five in a row, their longest winning streak since winning six in a row from Jan. 13-27, 2015.
1. Dylan Larkin: Larkin celebrated his bobblehead night the only way you can, by scoring not just his first goal of the season but his second for good measure. At 11:51 of the first period, captain Henrik Zetterberg found Larkin on a breakaway and Larkin beat Carolina goaltender Cam Ward with a backhand to the glove side. Just four minutes later, Larkin threw the puck at the net and it deflected off of defenseman Brett Pesce past Ward for a 3-0 lead. It is Larkin's second career multi-goal game. The other was Feb. 4 against Florida.
Quotable: "It was a good feeling. I guess a sigh of relief. I was thinking about it a lot and it was a nice pass from Z to send me on a breakaway. Got my head up and saw that side of the net was open. It was a good feeling definitely." - Larkin
2. Andreas Athanasiou: Athanasiou continued his hot streak with a goal and an assist. The assist came first as he found Thomas Vanek in the slot at 4:53 of the first period for the 1-0 lead. In the second, after the Hurricanes had cut the lead to 3-2, Luke Glendening passed the puck to Athanasiou in the right circle. Athanasiou moved to his left and buried the puck top shelf at 17:04. It's the second straight game Athanasiou has scored a goal.
Quotable: "They've (Glendening, Ott) been working hard every single game, night in and night out. Kind of saw them in the corner working, so I knew I could sit back a little bit. Glennie got that puck, he saw me and just found me." - Athanasiou
3. Steve Ott: The Wings did not bring Ott to Detroit to be a scorer but Ott did get his first point of the season, assisting on Athanasiou's goal. Ott also had a shorthanded breakaway at 9:30 of the second. Although he didn't score, it helped kill off the first of two penalties the Wings took. In the third, Viktor Stalberg hit Mike Green from behind, which riled up Ott, who came to Green's defense. Both Ott and Stalberg ended up in the penalty box.
Quotable: "It's tough. Obviously the game's moving fast. I thought Greener was a little bit vulnerable in that position. Obviously they evened up the call. I think collectively we all have the same response in this dressing room. We try to take care of each other as best as possible on the ice. It's early in the season but those things through 82 games, you want to get them stalled as quickly as possible and be known as a team that sticks up for each other as well." - Ott
4. Extra goal: The Wings blew quite a few third-period leads last season not because they played poor defensively but because they just couldn't seem to get the insurance goal when they had the lead. So far in the early going, they have been getting that extra goal, this time from Athanasiou.
Quotable: "I said that to the coaching staff after the game. That's the biggest difference. We score the fourth goal this year so now you've got a two-goal cushion and if something goes the wrong way you're still fine. It's a huge difference. We've done that so far this season. We've done a good job of being able to score that extra goal if we've needed it. As I've talked about lots, we were actually good defensively in the third period last year but we still gave up lots of leads because you're constantly playing with just a one-goal lead so it's a big difference." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill