Tracking the Storm Postgame: Analysis
-- It wasn’t the outcome they were looking for, but there were a number of positives the Carolina Hurricanes can build on from their 3-2 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings. The Canes got goals from newcomers Radek Dvorak and Nathan Gerbe in the first 40 minutes of the game, but Detroit added two goals in the third period, including one with 16 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Stephen Weiss potted the game-winner at the 3:13 mark of the extra session. “We knew we had an opponent here tonight that plays well and doesn’t beat themselves. They’re going to force you to play 60 minutes or more than 60 minutes,” head coach Kirk Muller said. “A lot of good things in our game tonight. That was a good measuring stick for us.”
-- The prevailing theme of the postgame locker room mood was that the Canes played a solid game, but it takes 60 minutes – and in some cases more – to come away with two points. “It would have been nice to get the win with the lead going into the third. Those are games we need to close out and win. That’s something to learn from,” defenseman Justin Faulk said. “That’s the thing in this league: you need to have 60 minutes each night.”
-- More Muller: “Those last five minutes, you’re going to have to get the job done. We didn’t get the job done, and you lose a point,” he said. “I thought overall it was a good hockey game. Two teams played really well, and unfortunately we came up short at the end.”
-- New guys made an immediate impact tonight, as Dvorak, signed to a contract just two days ago, and Gerbe netted goals for the Hurricanes. Dvorak’s first of the season was a deftly tipped puck over Jimmy Howard’s shoulder. Gerbe potted a power-play goal, as the team was 1-for-3 on the man advantage.
-- The second line of Jordan Staal, Patrick Dwyer and Gerbe put in serious work tonight, especially considering they were regularly matched up against Pavel Datsyuk’s top line. The line had eight shots (including a team-high five from Gerbe), three blocked shots and two takeaways. “We’re three hard-working guys,” Gerbe said. “That’s why our line can mesh pretty well.”
-- In front of Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock, Olympic orientation camp-snub Cam Ward put forth an impressive effort, making 35 saves. It’s hard to find fault in his game tonight, as he builds off of his two-game winning streak from the preseason.
-- In his NHL regular-season debut, Elias Lindholm logged 9:16 of ice time, a third of which was on the power play. “For a kid that’s 18 years old and hasn’t played in an exhibition game [in two weeks] and missed most of camp, we spotted him in there, and I thought he looked fine,” Muller said. “That progression will keep building.”
-- The Canes’ penalty kill was a perfect 3-for-3 on the night. Brett Bellemore and Andrej Sekera paced the squad in shorthanded ice time with 2:56 and 2:39, respectively. “I thought we did a lot of good things,” Muller said. “We went at them, we were aggressive, special teams were good. Five-on-five, I thought we were strong.”
--Opening Weekend continues Sunday for the Hurricanes, who come away with a point in the standings in the newly-formed Metropolitan Division. They’ll take on the Philadelphia Flyers in a 5 p.m. evening puck drop at PNC Arena.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Stephen Weiss scored with 1:47 remaining in overtime as the Detroit Red Wings rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 at PNC Arena on Friday night.
Henrik Zetterberg tied the game when he scored off a scramble around the net with less than 17 seconds remaining in regulation. Justin Abdelkader had put the Red Wings on the board early in the third after Detroit trailed 2-0 through two periods. Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots to win for the second time in as many starts
Defenseman Justin Faulk assisted on both Carolina goals.
The teams looked a little ragged in the opening stages of the game. The shots on goal were even at 2-2 until 8:46 remained in the opening period. But a defensive lapse by the Red Wings led to the first goal of the game.
Radek Dvorak, playing his first game with the Hurricanes, chipped the puck over the outstretched stick of Howard at 13:30. Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincy appeared in position to sweep away Jeff Skinner's headman pass, but the puck slipped past him, allowing Dvorak to drive to the net and score.
The Hurricanes extended their lead to 2-0 at 18:11 of the second period when Nathan Gerbe, also playing in his first game with Carolina, scored in the final seconds of a power play. Faulk's shot from above the circles deflected off Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser and onto the waiting stick of Gerbe on the right side.
Detroit got on the board 42 seconds into the third period when Abdelkader took advantage of pass by Zetterberg pass that deflected off Faulk. Abdelkader was alone in front and beat Cam Ward, who finished with 35 saves.
For the Hurricanes, it was a night of debuts, led by Elias Lindholm, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 draft. Veteran defensemen Andrej Sekera and Ron Hainsey also played their first games in Carolina.