Tracking the Storm: Analysis from Detroit
-- The Detroit Red Wings utilized a two-goal third period to slip past the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 3-2 on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena.
"It was a competitive game both ways. I thought both teams played real hard," Eric Staal said. "When you invest that much, it stings after the game when you lose."
"It was a pretty evenly matched game. There wasn’t a lot of space there on both sides of the puck," Chris Terry said. "Offensively and defensively, we came out strong. We built a game, and we kept the pressure for 60 minutes."
"We played hard tonight. We were ready to go," head coach Bill Peters said. "In the first period, we had to build a game. We played last night and didn’t execute probably as well as we would have liked early, but we got better as we went along."
-- Despite the result, the consensus in the room was that this was, without a doubt, the Hurricanes most competitive game on the road in the last five.
"It was intense. They were desperate to close it out and make sure they’re in the playoffs, and we wanted to make sure it didn’t happen," Staal said. "Unfortunately they got the better of us in the third period and got it done."
"We were playing a good team, and if you don't play well against good teams, you have a chance to embarrass yourself," Peters said. "I thought the guys dug in and played hard."
-- Scoring twice in the second period, the Hurricanes carried a 2-1 lead into the third period.
That lead didn’t last long, as Gustav Nyquist evened the score just 1:56 into the final regulation frame. About 10 minutes later, Pavel Datsyuk, who fed Nyquist on Detroit’s second goal, went skate to stick to net with the puck off a pass from Henrik Zetterberg.
"We backed in a little bit on their second goal, and then probably would have liked a little bit of better execution on the D-zone assignment on the game-winner," Peters said.
"We had a 2-1 lead going into the third. You want to close it out," Staal said. "But they were desperate and made some plays in the third period to capitalize."
-- Chris Terry celebrated his 26th birthday today, and he did so in noteworthy fashion on the ice, posting a goal and an assist in the second period.
Nathan Gerbe evened the score at one at the 14:08 mark of the second period, as he pounced on a loose puck in the slot. Three minutes later, Chris Terry cleaned up a loose puck in a similar spot for his 11th goal of the season.
"We had guys at the net getting second and third whacks at it," Terry said. "A couple goals like that tonight that we were fortunate to get, and a couple that he made some good saves on."
"Good on him going to the net hard and making plays," Staal said of Terry's tally.
Terry now has six points (3g, 3a) in his last seven games.
"It’s been really good for my confidence. Playing more minutes and getting an opportunity, I want to take advantage of it," Terry said. "I want to show the coaches I can play in that top nine. When a couple go in and your line is rolling, it’s a snowball effect."
"Terrs has been real good as of late," Staal said. "He’s finding ways to contribute offensively, and that’s big. He’s showing that he can play."
"What I like about Chris Terry right now is that it’s a competitive time of the year, and he’s a guy that’s continuing to play well and score," Peters said. "He’s scored basically all year for us, and he’s been in and out of the lineup and on different types of lines. Now he’s playing in more of a top-six role, which suits his skill set, and against some of the best players in the league at the most important time of the year, he’s still able to produce."
-- It had been 99 minutes and 30 seconds since the Hurricanes had taken a penalty. Then, Michal Jordan was whistled for delay of game, after he backhanded a puck out of play from his own zone. On the ensuing power play, Henrik Zetterberg roofed a backhand shot over Anton Khudobin’s glove to open the scoring.
-- The Hurricanes’ final road trip of the season wraps up in Philadelphia on Thursday night. The Canes will then return home to host these same Red Wings on Saturday night in the regular-season finale.
"We made some plays in the second to build the lead. You want to be able to close it out, but we weren’t able to tonight," Staal said. "You're happy with the effort, but it's no fun losing."