Red Wings' Streak Reaches Six with Win over Hurricanes

The Detroit Red Wings extended their winning streak to six games Sunday night, earning a 5-2 victory over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes.

Carolina's loss stretches their regular season winless streak at Joe Louis Arena to thirteen games. The Hurricanes earned a victory in Detroit in the first game of the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals but haven't picked up two points in Michigan since November 14, 1989, when the team was still the Hartford Whalers.

The Red Wings had three one-goal leads on the night, with the Hurricanes bouncing back to tie twice.

Valtteri Filppula got Detroit on the board at 4:35 of the first period. Filppula broke in on Carolina netminder Cam Ward from the right wing and almost beat him, putting the puck under his pad. Mikael Samuelsson crashed the net, poking at the puck but not before Ward had pulled his pad - puck included - across the goal line.

Erik Cole scored the first of his two goals just 46 seconds into the second period, tying things back up. His first shot from the side of the net was stopped by Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek but Cole swatted the rebound out of mid-air, over the falling Hasek.

A power play goal at 6:02 of the period put the Wings back out in front. Tic-tac-toe passing on the right side of the ice moved the puck from Dan Cleary to Niklas Kronwall to Jiri Hudler and back to Cleary for a quick shot on net. At the top of the crease, Johan Franzen tipped it past Ward.

Carolina evened things up on a power play of their own 4:34 later. Cole scored his second goal of the night, scoring from the right wing when his shot on net deflected off the stick of Detroit's Brian Rafalski.

Andreas Lilja scored a rare goal with 7:20 remaining in the middle frame, giving the Red Wings another lead on a rocket shot from inside the blue line.

Detroit would make that lead hold.

With 2:38 remaining in regulation, Pavel Datsyuk added an insurance marker. Datsyuk stole the puck from Eric Staal at the Carolina blue line and broke in alone on Ward. Cutting from his right to left, Datsyuk faked out Ward and lifted a shot over him.

Tomas Holmstrom wrapped up the game's scoring 36 seconds later. Henrik Zetterberg broke into the Hurricanes' zone, catching Ward on his way to the bench for an extra attacker. Ward made it back into the crease to stop Zetterberg's shot but was out of position on Holmstrom's rebound chance.

Each team scored one power play goal. Detroit had seven chances with the extra attacker while Carolina had five.

Hasek stopped 15 of 17 shots to earn his third-straight win after backing up Chris Osgood for six of seven games. Ward made 33 saves on 38 shots against.

The Red Wings return to action on Monday in Nashville, with Osgood getting the start in net.

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Early start tonight, I was a few minutes late but just got caught up from the DVR.

Detroit's first goal was interesting, I'd be pretty p*ssed if I was a Carolina fan. 100% legal goal, I just have no idea why the ref hadn't blown play dead.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/9/2007 at 5:40 PM


Not to take anything away from the great play Cole made to score Carolina's first goal, but Dom went down quick again.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/9/2007 at 6:03 PM


Real nice passing on Detroit's second goal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/9/2007 at 6:13 PM


Lilja? Lilja?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/9/2007 at 6:29 PM


Two VERY good skating and puck possession teams on display tonight. Both teams deserve honorable mention. Thankfully, the WINGS are holding the lead. Not wanting to JINX the WINGED WHEELERS, I'll reserve further comment.

Posted by skyguy52 on 12/9/2007 at 7:13 PM


Would an UGLY insurance goal by an unsung WINGED WHEELER hero be in order?

Posted by skyguy52 on 12/9/2007 at 7:15 PM


Oh my, that was nice. Datsyuk is not unsung and that goal was far from ugly. Fantastic.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/9/2007 at 7:23 PM


Gawd, PAVEL is worth the price of admission all by himself. PAVs is a magician in the art of TAKE-AWAYS!!!! His latest is solid proof. Way to go PAVS. <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":therock:" border="0" alt="rock.gif" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 12/9/2007 at 7:23 PM


UGLY or NOT!? That is the question .... heheehe. Way to go HOMER!

Posted by skyguy52 on 12/9/2007 at 7:25 PM


Ugly or not is a much less important question in the game of hockey than it is elsewhere. <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":therock:" border="0" alt="rock.gif" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/9/2007 at 7:28 PM


Ugly or not -- I'll take it. Great effort by the Wings in both ends (the middle too). I must say the WINGS are skating, of late, as a TEAM about as well as I've ever seen them. Hope my comments here dont' serve as basis for a JINX. Regrettably, I've had to eat my words a few times in the past.

Posted by skyguy52 on 12/9/2007 at 7:31 PM


Comments about the WINGS' Team play this year are welcome. Maybe its just my own personal bias, but I sense the WINGS this year have a bit more grit than in past years, and the TALENT displayed, across the board, both defensively and offensively, only adds to their TEAM strength and balance.

Posted by skyguy52 on 12/9/2007 at 7:37 PM


Agreed on the team aspect, they've been getting a lot of help from the second and third lines lately and guys like Kronwall and Lilja have stepped up a bit on defense.

Also good to see Hasek seemingly back in form. I hope Osgood doesn't get relegated to one start in seven, since he's played well all season, but if Dom's the guy they want to go with for the playoffs then he needs runs like this.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/9/2007 at 9:51 PM


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