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Playing their first home game of
2010 after two weeks on the road, the
Red Wings beat Carolina 3-1 Thursday
The Hurricanes are the NHL's worst
club, but were on their best streak of this season with three straight wins and four
W's in their last five games entering Thursday play.
Carolina remained winless in regular season play all-time at The Joe, a streak
of 15 games (14-0-1). The last win in Motown by the 'Canes came over 20 years
ago back on 11/14/1989 when the franchise was still the Hartford Whalers.
Detroit won for the fourth time in six games.
The Red Wings got a pair of power play goals plus one even strength marker
in the third period as Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg ended lengthy goal-
Lidstrom scored (#2) at 11:30/1 when he took a pass from Valtteri Filppula and
fired a slapshot through traffic from the high slot. Drew Miller, who drew the second
assist on the goal, was parked in front of 'Canes goaltender Cam Ward and Ward
never saw the shot. It was Lidstrom's first goal in 43 games. (His first was also on
the power play in game three of the season way back on OCT 8TH at JLA.)
Filppula also drew the primary assist on Miller's PPG (#5) at 1:34/2. Filppula won
the offensive zone faceoff, Detroit cycled the puck, Filppula's shot was saved by Ward,
but Miller potted the rebound for a 2-0 lead.
Carolina made it 2-1 at 7:17/3. Wings goalie Jimmy Howard took Brandon Sutter's
shot off his chest and left a juicy rebound for Tom Kostopoulos (#6), who came up
the slot to convert.
Detroit restored the two-goal margin at 14:40/3 on a Carolina turnover in its
own right corner. Todd Bertuzzi intercepted the disc, passed it in front through the
legs of Hurricanes DEF Niclas Wallin and Zetterberg (#11) had the easy re-direct
to an open left side. Playing his fourth game back from a shoulder injury, Zetterberg
scored for the first time since NOV 28TH, a span of 13 appearances.
Howard made 37-SV and Ward 32. Howard was making his 10th straight start in net
and Ward his 14th.
The victory nudged Detroit past Los Angeles into 8th place (final playoff seed)
in the NHL Western Conference with 54 standings points in 46 games, pending
the Kings' late night Thursday result at home vs Anaheim.
R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK: "Howie's been good, he's been solid, he's been
square...He was strong all night long...I thought he held the post good...It's good to
get a couple power-play goals."
R-WINGS DEF/CAPT NICKLAS LIDSTROM: "It is good to see the puck going in the net
again...I just wanted to get the shot off quick before the second forward had a chance
to get into the shooting lane. You get rewarded when you shoot the puck."
R-WINGS FWD HENRIK ZETTERBERG: "It was a great pass by Bert. I took the defense
around it was just an open net and he hit my stick [on his goal]...It's nice to get a
little confidence going. We needed the two points tonight."
R-WINGS GOALIE JIMMY HOWARD: "It was one of those high risers, [I] shoulda had
[Sutter's shot that provided the rebound for Carolina's lone goal], no excuses...I'm
seeing the puck well, but I need to be able to control that."
CANES CEN ERIC STAAL: "We got within one but we weren't consistent enough.
We didn't sustain anything long enough...Their power play scored a big goal for
them and that can deflate you."
Lidstrom's goal snapped a 2-for-45 power play slump over Detroit's last 14 games.
Detroit DEF Jonathon Ericsson returned to the lineup after missing a dozen games
with a deep knee bone bruise. To make room on the active roster DEF Doug Janik was
returned to the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins.
Miller's 1-G & 1-A gave him just his second multi-point game as a Red Wing.
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