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Trending: Mantha nets two in 7-3 loss at Carolina

Failed challenge a turning point in game

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes have been hot at home this season and the Red Wings couldn't do much to cool them off.

Carolina scored four second-period goals en route to knocking off Detroit, 7-3, at PNC Arena Friday night.

The Wings fell to 4-9-1, 2-5-0 on the road.

With the win, the Hurricanes improved to 9-3-1 overall and 6-1-0 at home.

Anthony Mantha (two, one power play) and Tyler Bertuzzi scored for the Wings.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Got a stick on it! Nemeth ��� Larkin ��� Bert 🚨

Andrei Svechnikov, Sebastian Aho (two), Nino Niederreiter (power play), Martin Necas, Brock McGinn (shorthanded) and Teuvo Teravainen (empty net) scored for the Hurricanes.

For Svechnikov, it was his fifth goal in the last three games.

Jimmy Howard (2-6-0), making back-to-back starts for the first time this season, made 16 saves before being relieved by Jonathan Bernier midway through the second period. Bernier made 11 saves.

Petr Mrazek (7-1-1), the former Wing, had 29 saves. Mrazek has now won 12 straight games at home in the regular season and 15 straight overall.

Up next for the Wings is the second half of a back-to-back set as they travel to south Florida to face the Panthers Saturday night.

The Hurricanes will also play the second half of a back-to-back Saturday night when they host the New Jersey Devils.

1. Anthony Mantha: The Wings' leading goal scorer had not scored in the last four games. That ended at 16:52 of the first period when Mantha was on the right doorstep and buried Andreas Athanasiou's pass to tie the game at 1. Joe Hicketts, playing in his second consecutive game since getting called up, picked up the second assist. Then, with Sebastian Aho in the box for high-sticking, it took Mantha five seconds to score his second goal of the game. Athanasiou assisted on this one as well, with Valtteri Filppula recording the second assist. Mantha now has nine goals. In eight career games against Carolina, Mantha has six goals. Mantha finished with 21 shifts for 17:39, had a team-high five shots, one blocked shot, was 1-for-1 in face-offs and was minus-3.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Mantha's 8th. 🔥@dte_energy | #LGRW

Quotable: "I knew at the end of the year I finished on the half-wall and maybe I was going to start there this year. I didn't want to give Blash any other spot on the power play to give me. I wanted to take that one and stay there." - Mantha

Quotable II: "Obviously, right away (Mantha's) shot sticks out. He's really good on the power play. He's a big body that can really skate. I think he's playing with a lot of confidence right now, which is huge. He can play the net-front role, he can play on the flank. He's really strong on his stick, strong down low. He really can do it everywhere. It kind of reminds me of a lot of Franzen, Johan Franzen, how he was big and strong, could skate and shoot. Mo can play any type of game needed. Hopefully he can continue to have a shoot-first mentality, because his shot's so good." - Abdelkader

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Full look at Mantha's blast off the face-off. 🚀

2. Challenges: The Wings experienced both sides of the new coach's challenge rules in this game. When Aho scored 27 seconds into the second period, Detroit challenged that Warren Foegele had interfered with Howard. After a lengthy review, the officials determined there was no interference. Because of the new rule this season, the Wings were assessed a minor penalty for delay of game. On the ensuing power play, the Hurricanes scored again, with Nino Niederreiter getting his own rebound for the goal. At 6:06 of the second, the Hurricanes appeared to take a 4-1 lead when Foegele scored on the odd-man rush. But the Wings challenged the goal as offside and a quick review proved that to be the case so the goal was disallowed and the score remained 3-1.

Quotable: "It's a two-goal swing, so it certainly turned on that. You win the challenge, it's a tie game. You lose the challenge, you don't kill the penalty and now they're up two. One, we can kill the penalty. If you kill the penalty you don't think much about it. When you make those decisions, you feel like the call on the ice was dead wrong in the sense there was goalie interference. That's what we felt, so we made the decision. It's obviously a hard rule for the consequence and the penalty because it's a gray rule. I came back in between periods and honestly felt like we were right to challenge it. I think there was some belief that our guy bumped their player into him. I looked at it again, their guy takes a lane through the blue and stays in the blue and our guy is there, but I don't think there's much contact at all. But that's what happens with a gray rule and that kind of consequence. It's really, really difficult. The odds of taking a goal off compared to the odds of killing a penalty, when you think it's close it is still at times worth it because taking the goal off, you're going to kill the penalty around 80 percent of the time. It was unfortunate for us. It was a bad swing for us." - Blashill

Quotable II: "It was worth a try. I think it's part of hockey and it could have been either side and they got the power play after and scored right away. There's games that turn that way and there's other games it would have been on our side." - Mantha

Quotable III: "You don't want it to but those are tough calls, sometimes out of your hands. I thought it was a good challenge by us. I didn't see from my vantage point, the replays I saw, I didn't think he took him down. But regardless, you can't worry about it. You gotta get ready for your next shift. They're a team that plays fast. Like I said, their D pinch, their D are up the ice. We just I didn't think did a good enough job executing and making it harder on them." - Abdelkader

3. Special teams: The Wings came into the game 24th on the power play at 14.3 percent and 27th on the penalty kill at 71.4 percent. Although Mantha did get a power-play goal, overall the Wings went 1-for-5 and allowed a shorthanded goal by Brock McGinn at 1:49 of the third period, a goal that made it 6-3 Carolina. The Wings also allowed a power-play goal by Niederreiter at a critical juncture of the game.

Quotable: "Yeah, you give up a shorthanded goal, you give up a power play goal, we get the power play goal, you get the power play, you get a chance to score, so we got to be better for sure." - Blashill

Quotable II: "We need to be way more disciplined, obviously need to be better on both special teams, power play and penalty kill. We need to reflect on this game quick and be ready for tomorrow night." - Mantha

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