The Hurricanes may have struggled with the Detroit Red Wings over the course of the season, but they finished their season series with them on a high note Thursday night, kicking off their five-game homestand with a 3-1 win.
The Canes extended their point streak to a season-high nine games (6-0-3), and finished the season series with Detroit at 4-3-1.
Carolina out shot Detroit 32-17 in this one. In his second game back from a lengthy absence due to concussion symptoms, Teuvo Teravianen notched a goal and an assist for his 300th career point, Brady Skjei scored in his first game back from a four-game absence in the concussion protocol, Sebastian Aho notched two assists and Warren Foegele also scored.
James Reimer was solid in net, turning aside a few quality chances and stopping 16 f 17Red Wings shots.
Detroit had the first grade-A chance of the game on a point-blank opportunity for Michael Ramsussen off the rush, but his back-hand try rang the cross bar.
The Canes got the game’s first power play about five minutes in and did just about everything but score, as they held the offensive zone the entire time and got several good looks but could not finish.
Carolina continued its strong first 10 minutes and got another great chance to take the lead about eight minutes into the game as Martin Necas fed a beautiful pass across the ice to Vincent Trocheck, but Johnathan Bernier came across and got a pad to it.
In his first game back after a four-game absence in the league’s concussion protocol, Skjei made his presence felt with his third goal of the season about five minutes into the second period. He jumped in from the point, hesitated to open space in the slot and buried a wrister to make it 1-0 Canes.
Aho picked up an assist on Skjei’s goal to extend his point streak to six games, and Teravainen picked up the other for his first point since Feb. 19.
Carolina doubled its lead with six minutes and change left in the second; Brett Pesce jumped in from the point and sent a puck to Foegele in front of the net, who powered it past Bernier to make it a 2-0 game.
The Red Wings cut the Canes’ lead in half with about three minutes left in the second; Jakub Vrana capitalized on an Aho turnover on the blue line, turned on the Jets and roofed a backhand over Reimer for a slick finish to make it 2-1.
Teravainen scored his first goal since returning about halfway through the period, beating Bernier five hole in tight to make it 3-1 Canes. The goal was his 300th career point.
That proved to be all the Canes needed to put Detroit away in the teams’ final meeting of the season, as despite the Wings pulling Bernier with over five minutes left, neither team found another marker.
The Canes now have six games left in the regular season, starting with the second of this homestand against the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday.