Nathan Gerbe and Chris Terry tallied the goals for the Canes. Pavel Datsyuk scored the game-winner for the home team.
After a scoreless first period which was tightly checked throughout, the Wings lit the lamp with the help of the game's first powerplay early in the second to take a 1-0 lead.
Gerbe tied the score later in the period with his 10th goal of the season. Victor Rask and Terry picked up the assists.
Just three minutes later, Terry would follow up and roofed in a rebound off of a Justin Faulk shot. Rask earned the second assist on this play, giving him two points on the night.
The Red Wings needed a win badly and everyone knew they would come out like gangbusters in the third and that is exactly what they did.
Just 1:56 into the third, Datsyuk fed Gustav Nyquist, who found an opening in the Carolina defense. Nyquist tied up the contest with a shot that fooled Anton Khudobin, who made 22 saves on 25 shots for the night.
The home team continued with offensive pressure until Henrik Zetterberg eventually made a pass from behind the net to Datsyuk, who kicked the puck to his stick before roofing it into the net.
That goal would hold up the rest of the way as Jimmy Howard made several saves, a couple of of them toughies, one against Alexander Semin and another on Eric Staal.
The Canes will next face the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.
- After tallying 6 hits in Buffalo, the Canes were credited with 11 in this contest. The Wings had 20.
- Carolina outshot Detroit 32-25. Skinner and Faulk led the way with five each.
- Event Summary stat sheet