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Hurricanes 3, Red Wings 1

Canes pick up third win in October

Eric Staal congratulates Victor Rask after Rask scores in Detroit
Eric Staal congratulates Victor Rask after Rask scores in Detroit
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The Carolina Hurricanes played an excellent road game and earned a 3-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena.

After going 0-6-2 during the month of October last season, the team picked up their third win so far this season, all on the road. (3-6-0).  This is also their second straight win in Detroit.

After a scoreless first period, Victor Rask opened the scoring in the second.  He put the puck into a wide open net while taking advantage of a gaffe by goalie Petr Mrazek.

The Red Wings would score later in the period on a deflected puck that just got by Cam Ward, but that would be the only puck to get by the Carolina goalie this night.

Ron Hainsey, who is not necessarily known for his offensive prowess, scored 4:35 into the third on an unassisted blast from the blueline.

The Canes held on the rest of the way and Eric Staal would put the game away with an empty-netter near the end.

Next up for Carolina will be the New York Islanders in the "Big Apple" on Thursday night.  They will then fly home for a game against the Avs on Friday night.

Game Notes:

  • The Canes were outshot 26-21 but played a solid overall game and got timely goaltending from Ward.
  • Brett Pesce is making a case to stay in the NHL.  The defenseman seemed to be confident with the puck and was in good position much of the night.
  • Kris Versteeg led the team with four shots on goal.  Rask had three shots and finished at +2.
  • While Nathan Gerbe and Tomas Tatar both dropped the gloves and went after each other in the first period, they both got roughing penalties, (Gerbe got four minutes, Tatar two).  The Canes still have yet to take a major penalty this season.
  • The Wings won the hit total and out-hit Carolina 27-16 this game.
  • Event Summary