Recap: Hurricanes Fly Past Red Wings 5-2

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The Carolina Hurricanes headed into Detroit to face the worst team in the NHL in desperate need of two points. After a seesaw affair for the first two periods, that is exactly what they earned in their 5-2 win over the Red Wings on Tuesday. Petr Mrazek’s return to Detroit also represented his first action since his concussion in Toronto, and the former-Wing stopped 23 shots in the win. Two goals from Sebastian Aho - each on special teams - led the way as the Canes had their way on the man advantage with three power play goals.

The first period saw a solid start as the Canes consistently produced offensive pressure in the early going. That buzzing attack was rewarded as Morgan Geekie stayed hot, snapping a wrister past Jonathan Bernier near the midpoint of the period to give the Canes the early lead. From there, the Canes backed off a bit, and the pressure applied by the Red Wings put stress on Mrazek in his first action since his injury on February 22nd. After a series of turnovers in their own end, the Canes were finally burned as a backhander from Filip Hronek was tipped home by Tyler Bertuzzi to tie the score after one.

In the second, each team continued to intermittently generate offensive chances, but the Aho-Teravainen-Svechnikov line continued to be quiet. After earning a power play on a Jonathan Ericsson interference call, the Canes cashed in that opportunity with a Nino Niederreiter re-direct of a Jake Gardiner to retake a one goal advantage.

The Canes could not shake the Wings, however, as late in the period Christoffer Ehn streaked to the front of the net to tip home a shot-pass from Madison Bowey to even the score. Despite needing to kill a poor penalty late from Niederreiter, the Canes were able to escape the period tied, but left the outcome very much in doubt headed to the final stanza.

As the third period loomed, the Canes were quickly able to seemingly assert control again, earning a power play and quickly capitalizing against a loose penalty kill from the Wings. Justin Williams beat Bernier from the right slot following a pass from below the goal line from Svechnikov to give the Canes the lead yet again at 3-2.

A short time later, it appeared as though the Canes were again allowing the Wings to hang around following a poor boarding penalty from Martin Necas. That disappointment was quickly washed away as Aho took advantage of a breakaway created on the penalty kill to deposit his fourth short-handed goal of the season to give the Canes their first two-goal advantage at 4-2.

From there, the Canes maintained control the rest of the way as they finally were able to grind the Wings down and eliminate significant offensive opportunities, save for a terrific stop on Alex Biega by Mrazek with just over six minutes remaining. The exclamation point appeared to come when Justin Williams streaked across the blueline after a bouncing puck, eventually dropping a nice feed off to Svechnikov for an apparent tally. After a Red Wings review however, it was determined that Williams was offside.

Soon after, a questionable Anthony Mantha hit on Svechnikov was quickly followed by a Robby Fabbri dash through the crease and collision with Mrazek that led to a scrap behind the Canes net with just over three minutes remaining. Back out on the power play, the Canes finally added the finishing touch they were denied earlier, as Aho deposited the third power play marker of the night with just over two minutes left. With their 5-2 win, the Canes took care of business with a terrific third period and reinforced their position within the playoff picture.

The Canes will now travel to New Jersey to finish the road trip and attempt to win their fourth straight, again seeking two points against a last-place opponent.


definitely agree with a lot of people in the game thread that aho was way off the first couple periods. that line struggled but obviously they made up for it in the third. fluery and tvr have stepped up in big ways and i thought both had great games. overall good way of getting a win against a team you should beat

Tvr has been fairly meh lately

Looks even ‘meh’-er next to Gardiner.

I give him some slack because he was punished with the Gardiner effect.

before Aho scored

there was a shot of him talking with Willie… seems like he scored after that…. then RBA had Willie with Svech, he scored (well, sort of), but it seems Willie is playing his role of Young Star Whisperer!!!! which is good to see.


Keep him scratched…

Agree. Rod will ride the hot hand. Although only two games in, Geekie’s impact has noticeably improved this team.

it shows the importance of having 4 lines

or more than one anyway.

I’ll take him over McGinn any day of the week

Petr did great and I am so happy the Canes won!! Keep going Canes!!

Petr did great and I am so happy the Canes won!! Keep going Canes!!

Late to the party on this thread.
I love Petr’s fire, but dang it keep yourself safe! His uber aggressive play when Remier was just injured, and his little interference Tuesday night have me just slightly worried.

I think that’s just what makes Petr what he is. He needs that passion and edge to succeed. I am all for him staying healthy, but at the end of the day he’s got to be himself out there.

what a difference 3 games makes

from clinging to playoff lives to hey we still have a shot at 3rd place haha

Need 60% of the points the rest of the way

to get to 98. Doable but need 60 minute efforts every night.

They would likely make the playoffs with 95 points

Which means 7 wins in 14 games. But I’d like to see them win 8 and I agree with the effort. Really need to beat Devils leading into the home Penguins game.

95 may get us in.

98 would be nice just to be sure.

98 to avoid the Bruins in round 1

Islanders and Columbus are cratering..

I don’t think we’ll need 98 to get in, but for sure we don’t want to be in the last playoff spot and half to face the Bruins in round 1!

To be honest, I hope they have a sign in the locker room that says 100pts or bust

Stay Hot

The Canes are getting hotter and winning games that they should and must win at the right time. Road wins at this juncture of the season are a huge plus and points in the the last four tilts mean a lot. Justin Williams is clearly the unofficial captain and catalyst of this squad, but it is great to see contributions from so many needed areas like the blueline, called up Geeks, streaky Ninos, and the stars that should shine. Having Petr back and Reimer soon may prove to be the difference. Finally, my crystal ball has both Vatanen and Dougie back to make a formerly decimated blueline an embarrassment of riches going into a playoff run.

Strange scheduling

to get Pens four times in last month


I know it’s a small sample size but the kids has looked good on both sides of the puck. 4 points, plus 3 rating, 54.5% FO and even some time on the PP. Hard to send a kid back down that’s contributing like that.

Marty is a better winger than center too

Double positive.

Would like to see more from marty this season.

He has more points in 2 games than some do in all of 2020 if I had to guess off the top of my head. He is not going back to Charlotte.

was good to see the camaraderie on ice

Mrazek being fiesty, Staal standing up for team mates a couple times. Willy throwing bodies, Trocheck getting involved in defending new team mates, Fleury no longer afraid to stand up for guys. That’s a great sign for how well this team has come together recently. Even if it was the Red Wings, a W is a W, just ask the bolts and blackhawks who both recently lost to Detroit, and the B’s did back in February.

For the most part, Petr looked very good last night. one of the goals, there was no chance. However, our play in our own zone has GOT to improve. too many times last night we didnt clear the puck when we had the chance and it led to a chance for Detroit. Against the caps or B’s, those become goals more often than not. And stop taking o-zone penalties!!!…..somehow i dont feel like that should be a topic at this level of play, but it has been a curse of the canes all season.

I agree with pretty much everything except the Fleury part. I don’t recall ever seeing him slink away from things in his own end.

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