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Carolina defense scores three times but it's not enough to top Detroit

The Red Wings score a key goal against Carolina on Thursday night
The Red Wings score a key goal against Carolina on Thursday night
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The Carolina Hurricanes franchise has not won a regular season game in Detroit since 1989 and the streak will continue on longer as the Canes lost to the Red Wings, 4-3 at "The Joe" on Thursday night.

The Hurricanes were outshot in every period and were down 20 shots by the end of the game, (47-27), but they still managed to keep the score close.  The team's powerplay came up short again and failed to take advantage of a long 5-on-3 chance again in this game.

The Hurricanes fell behind early, just 17 seconds into the game, and then slipped to 2-0 deficit early in the second, but Brett Bellemore scored his first career NHL goal 5:49 into the second to keep the Canes in the game.

Andrej Sekera then tied the game up off of a nice assist by Eric Staal about seven minutes later.

At the end of the period, Carolina had almost 1:30 of a two man advantage, but could not light the lamp.

In the third period, the Red Wings had their chance with Riley Nash and Tim Gleason in the box but they created traffic in front of Justin Peters and scored to make it 3-2.

The Wings would score again on a breakaway to give them a two goal lead before Sekera made it 4-3 to close things out.

After the game, Kirk Muller took responsibility for the failure of the powerplay and admitted it needed more work, even though they have been working on it.

The team will spend the night in Detroit and practice in the morning before flying to Boston for a matinee against Boston on Saturday.

Game Notes:

  • The Canes went 0-4 on the powerplay.  Detroit was 1-4.
  • Sekera had a team high four shots on goal to go with his team high two goals.  Carolina allowed 16 shots in the first period and 18 in the third.
  • Manny Malhotra had a team high four blocked shots and was hit in the helmet by a shot on one scary play.  He was okay afterward, thank goodness.  He also won 60% of his faceoffs, (6 of 10).
  • The Canes had 19 hits and were led by Chris Terry, Jiri Tlusty, Bellemore and Malhotra with two each.
  • Post game interviews are at Canes