The Carolina Hurricanes wrapped up a six-game road trip by playing in their last regular season game at the Joe Louis Arena. The good news is that the state fair road trip is finally over. The bad news is that it ended in a 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
A sluggish start allowed the Wings to score in the first five minutes of the game, and they continued to dominate play in the first, out shooting the Canes 10-5 and scoring three unanswered goals:
- Pass from behind the net from Helm to Vanek in the slot for an uncontested shot.
- Dylan Larkin breakaway goal
- Larkin goal from a bad angle off of Brett Pesce’s skate
In his intermission interview, Andrej Nestrasil said “We really need to step it up, that was embarrassing what we showed in the first period.”
The Canes began to find their game in the second period, with Jordan Staal burying a shot just 3:14 in off of turnover and 2-on-0 play with Sebastian Aho. Shortly after drawing a holding penalty, Victor Rask was able to bring the game back to within one taking a cross ice pass from Nestrasil and ripping it past Mrazek glove-side.
That was the extent of the Canes comeback. Late in the second period Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou was able to put the insurance goal past Cam Ward and that stood up as the final score.
- The Canes finished the road trip with a 1-3-2 record and four points.
- Victor Rask (4g, 3a) extended his point streak and has points in all six games this season.
- Who needs special teams? Both teams were unsuccessful on the power play (Canes 0/3, Red Wings went 0/2).
- The Canes outshot the Red Wings 31-25.
- Justin Faulk led all players with 26:20 in ice time, and Elias Lindholm led all forwards with 20:33 played.
- Cam Ward made 21 saves on 25 shots for a .840 Sv% . Petr Mrazek made 29 saves on 31 shots for a .935 Sv%.
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