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Hurricanes 2, Red Wings 1

Cam Ward with a strong game and Canes win on the road

Cam Ward (file photo)
Cam Ward (file photo)
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The Carolina Hurricanes took a lead in the first period and held on the rest of the way to defeat the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1 at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night.

It was the first regular season win in Detroit for the Carolina franchise since the 1989 season.

Cam Ward made 28 saves and looked very confident between the pipes in this contest.

Elias Lindholm opened the scoring with a powerplay tally about midway through the first period.  It was the rookie's ninth goal of the season.  Andrei Loktionov and Jay Harrison had the assists on the play.

Just before the end of the period, the Canes lit the lamp again off of a nice put back of a rebound by Jiri Tlusty.  Eric Staal shot/passed the puck off of Jimmy Howard and Tlusty was right there to knock it in.

After a scoreless second period, the Wings came out with a bit more fire in the third.

Riley Sheahan made it 2-1 during a powerplay opportunity after Jay Harrison was called for slashing early in the period.  The home team came close a couple of more times, but Ward was equal to the challenge and Carolina skated home with the win.

The Wings outshot the Canes 9-4 in the third period, and 29-19 for the game, but Carolina capitalized on their chances in this game.

The Hurricanes will close out their season with a 3 p.m. game at Philadelphia on Sunday.

Game Notes:

  • Eric Staal notched his 40th assist of the season and needs one more to make 400 in his career.  The captain also led the team with five shots on goal.  Jeff Skinner was next with four.
  • Justin Faulk played a team high 26:38 of ice time while Drayson Bowman was low man with just over 10 minutes.
  • Check out post game interviews at Canes