Red Wings 5, Hurricanes 4

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

DETROIT (AP) - Nicklas Lidstrom's return turned the Detroit Red Wings into winners again.

Detroit was on the brink of its longest losing streak in 21 years, but Drew Miller scored with 8:25 left to help the Red Wings rally from three goals down and snap a six-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Detroit hasn't lost seven straight since Jan. 14-30, 1991, the season before Lidstrom joined the Red Wings. He wasn't around for this skid, either, because of an injury that forced him to miss 11 games before Saturday.

"We're happy with the win, that's for sure," Lidstrom said. "We haven't been playing well."

It looked as thought the Red Wings were headed for another loss when Carolina led 4-1 late in the second period, but they had other plans.

"They've got some world-class guys and they taught us a lesson," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said.

Henrik Zetterberg scored his second goal with 3:02 left in the second period and Todd Bertuzzi scored 18 seconds later to pull Detroit within a goal entering the third.

Jiri Hudler tied the game midway through the final period, and Miller netted the winner 3 1/2 minutes later.

"It's a game we knew we needed, not just for the standings, but just to feel good again," Miller said.

The Red Wings were leading the Western Conference before injuries began to pile up, leading to losses that have left them hoping to have home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The banged-up team got a boost by the return of Lidstrom, the captain and standout defenseman who was sidelined because of a bone bruise on his right ankle.

"I was a little sluggish and rusty in the first, but you have to battle through it to get your legs going again," Lidstrom said. "It's going to linger for a while, but I can play with it."

Detroit scratched goalie Jimmy Howard, centers Johan Franzen and Darren Helm, and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson because of injuries.

The Hurricanes have lost two straight after winning four in a row, hurting their slim chances of getting into the Eastern Conference playoffs. They got off to a great start in the first two periods.

Jiri Tlusty scored the first of his two goals 17 seconds into the game, and Chad LaRose had a goal 26 seconds into the second period to put Carolina ahead 2-0.The first of Zetterberg's two goals pulled Detroit within a goal early in the second.

"They seemed to get some life and jump after their first goal," Carolina's Eric Staal said. "The Zetterberg line got hot."

Both teams scored twice in less than 2 minutes late in the second period.

Jamie McBain and Tlusty scored 17 seconds apart to put Carolina up 4-1. A minute later, Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi had goals 18 seconds apart to pull the Red Wings within a goal entering the third period.

Detroit rallied to take the lead and held on for another win at home against Carolina. The Hurricanes haven't won a regular-season game in Detroit since 1989 when the team was the Hartford Whalers.

"We showed a lot more desperation," Lidstrom said. "We showed a lot of character in the second period. We could've gone the other way, but we showed some desperation, and that's what you have to have this time of year."

Third-stringer Ty Conklin made 20 saves for the Red Wings.

Carolina's Cam Ward stopped 45 shots.

"We left our goaltender out to dry a lot," LaRose said. "It could have been 10-4."

NOTES: Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Howard (groin) might return to play Monday or Wednesday. ... Franzen (back) and Ericsson (left wrist) are expected to play next week. Helm (back) will likely be out until the first round of the playoffs, Holland said. ... Detroit's backup goalie, Joey MacDonald, was out with a back injury. ... Carolina D Jaroslav Spacek (lower body) missed his fourth straight game and F Andreas Nodl (upper body) was scratched for a third game in a row.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:17CAR Jiri Tlusty (16) ASST: Chad LaRose (13), Eric Staal (44) 1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
00:26CAR Chad LaRose (18) ASST: Eric Staal (45), Bryan Allen (12) 2 - 0 CAR
05:10DET Henrik Zetterberg (20) ASST: Valtteri Filppula (37), Jiri Hudler (23) 2 - 1 CAR
15:38CAR PPG - Jamie McBain (8) ASST: Justin Faulk (13), Jussi Jokinen (31) 3 - 1 CAR
15:55CAR PPG - Jiri Tlusty (17) ASST: Jeff Skinner (23), Jussi Jokinen (32) 4 - 1 CAR
16:58DET Henrik Zetterberg (21) ASST: Valtteri Filppula (38), Jiri Hudler (24) 4 - 2 CAR
17:16DET Todd Bertuzzi (14) ASST: Gustav Nyquist (6), Nicklas Lidstrom (22) 4 - 3 CAR
3rd Period
08:10DET Jiri Hudler (22) ASST: Brad Stuart (15), Valtteri Filppula (39) 4 - 4 Tie
11:35DET Drew Miller (14) ASST: Daniel Cleary (21) 5 - 4 DET
Three Stars of the Game
Henrik Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg
G: 2Shots: 7
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 22:09
Valtteri Filppula
Valtteri Filppula
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 19:51
Jiri Tlusty
Jiri Tlusty
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:20
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:24CAR Bryan Allen  Interference against  Jakub Kindl
08:32CAR Tim Gleason  Roughing against  Tomas Holmstrom
08:32DET Tomas Holmstrom  Interference on goalkeeper against  Cam Ward
09:19CAR Jussi Jokinen  Tripping against  Ian White
2nd Period
13:39DET Nicklas Lidstrom  Interference against  Jeff Skinner
15:07DET Daniel Cleary  Hooking against  Jeff Skinner
3rd Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/20/2
Faceoff Wins3432
Blocked Shots813
Penalty Minutes66
4J. McBainD10-13020:33
5B. AllenD0111216:20
6T. GleasonD0020217:56
12E. StaalC0201021:15
13A. StewartR000004:38
15T. RuutuL00-11011:38
16B. SutterC00-20016:34
19J. TlustyL2002019:20
21D. BowmanL00-22011:54
25J. PitkanenD00-11020:36
27D. JoslinD000204:26
28J. FaulkD01-42024:35
36J. JokinenL02-11220:12
37T. BrentC0000014:11
39P. DwyerR00-21014:58
44J. HarrisonD00-31018:50
53J. SkinnerL01-13019:35
59C. LaRoseR1103019:23
30C. Ward4550.90059:06
4J. KindlD0002017:42
5N. LidstromD0104220:26
8J. AbdelkaderL0014013:46
11D. ClearyR0100214:42
13P. DatsyukC00-11019:44
14G. NyquistR0101015:54
18I. WhiteD0004019:59
20D. MillerL1014016:03
23B. StuartD0131021:06
26J. HudlerR1236019:17
27K. QuinceyD0007018:08
39J. MursakL000205:08
40H. ZetterbergL2037022:09
44T. BertuzziR10-13017:20
48C. EmmertonC000005:37
51V. FilppulaC0331019:51
55N. KronwallD0031022:39
96T. HolmstromL000227:42
29T. Conklin2024.83360:00