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Hurricanes fall short against Wings, streak ends at eight

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The Carolina Hurricanes lost to the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena to see their win streak end at eight games.

Carolina Hurricanes v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images

The Canes’ hunt for divine number nine came to an end in Detroit as Carolina fell to the Red Wings 4-2 Tuesday night to end their winning streak at eight.

The effort just wasn’t there as for all intents and purposes it was a one-line game for Carolina. The team only saw extended pressure and chances come from the top line of Sebastian Aho, Nino Niederreiter and Martin Necas and Dougie Hamilton, who put up a career high 11 shots on goal.

The game also was a tale of two netminders as Jonathan Bernier played a great and solid game for Detroit while James Reimer did not look comfortable in a single save he made, or I should say didn’t make.

The game was also different from the last in terms of penalties; nine were called tonight with six going against the Hurricanes.

The officials also decided to get them going early as the first came within the game’s first minute.

And it looked promising as the NHL’s top power play gladly accepted the early call.

While the first unit didn’t get the job done, the second unit only needed one rush in. Jake Bean found Jesper Fast on the left side and the Swedish forward deftly slid it to a crashing Niederreiter, who only had to extend his blade out a little to tip home the feed.

However, a little over a minute after that goal, Detroit was awarded a power play of its own and it was Adam Erne who easily knocked home a juicy rebound that Reimer directed right through the slot.

And the Red Wings got the game’s next power play as well and it was Erne scoring again, this time five-hole through Reimer who had lost his stick earlier in the kill.

The Canes started off looking really good with their power=play goal, but rather quickly they fell off a cliff.

There was some magic that happened between two of Carolina’s most talented forwards early in the second that seemed to gave the team back a little hope though.

It was again the top line and all starting with Necas — who is quickly building up his reputation as one of the league’s best skaters.

Necas started from the neutral zone and cut and dangled his way past a few Detroit players, pulled up and laced a pass cross-ice to an awaiting Sebastain Aho who had the one-timer primed and ready, ringing the puck off the crossbar and in.

It was just an astounding play all around. as Necas’ skating and puck handling was insane, the pass was slick and the shot was just perfect.

But not all good things are meant to be appreciated as Reimer was again beaten by a seemingly stoppable shot. This time by Robby Fabbri and it was the game sealing goal.

Don’t get me wrong, the play by Dylan Larkin going coast-to-coast was a great play, but Fabbri’s shot was stoppable.

Reimer just seemed off all game, being shaky on stops, having trouble tracking the puck and giving up really bad rebounds. It makes for a more compelling case to give Alex Nedlejkovic more opportunities for consecutive starts and not keeping the every other game rotation.

The Canes will get a chance to get Nedeljkovic back in again though as they get back at it Thursday night for a four-game series against the Columbus Blue Jackets at PNC Arena.