Zetterberg Leads Red Wings' Rally Past Hurricanes

Henrik Zetterberg scored the first two goals for Detroit on Saturday night, leading the Red Wings to a 5-4 comeback win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

The win snapped Detroit's six-game losing streak and coincided with the return from injury of defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Jakub Kindl.

The Red Wings were down 4-1 when Zetterberg scored his second of the night. With 3:02 left in the second period, Zetterberg took a feed from Valtteri Filppula and snapped a shot from the high slot off Carolina netminder Cam Ward's mask and into the net, through a screen by Jiri Hudler.

Just 18 seconds later, Todd Bertuzzi batted the fluttering rebound of a Gustav Nyquist chance out of mid-air and past Ward to cut the Hurricanes' lead to a single goal.

At 8:10 of the third, Filppula banked the puck off the side of the net and out to Brad Stuart just inside the blue line. Stuart's shot deflected first off Hudler in front of the net, then off defender Jay Harrison before trickling across the goal line to tie the game.

With 8:25 left in regulation, Drew Miller gave the Red Wings their first and only lead. The Hurricanes won a faceoff in their own zone but Cleary knocked the puck loose to Miller, who went to the front of the net alone and beat Ward on the backand to make it 5-4.

Carolina had opened the scoring just 17 seconds into the game, when Jiri Tlusty threw a backhander from down low on the right wing towards the Detroit goal. The puck deflected off defenseman Ian White's stick and went over the shoulder of goalie Ty Conklin to give the Hurricanes the early lead.

Another quick goal made it 2-0, with Chard Larose scoring just 26 seconds into the second period. Larose was left alone in the left corner of the Detroit zone and he cut to the middle to take a pass from Eric Staal before beating Conklin.

Zetterberg scored his first of the night to halve Carolina's lead at 5:10 of the second. Zetterberg threw the puck to the net from the right circle and it deflected off defenseman Bryan Allen to get past Ward.

A pair of power play goals gave the Hurricanes their 4-1 lead. With 4:22 left in the second period and a single second left on a five-on-three, Jamie McBain rifled a shot from the top of the left circle past Conklin. Tlusty got in behind Kyle Quincey and tapped in a chance from the edge of the crease just 17 seconds later.

Those two goals were the only power play goals by either team on the night. Each team had two tries with the man-advantage.

Conklin finished the night with 20 saves on 24 shots, with the Red Wings holding the Hurricanes to just three shots in the third period. Ward stopped 45 of Detroit's 50 shots on the night.


Notes: With Lidstrom and Kindl returning to the lineup, Brendan Smith was a healthy scratch. The Red Wings reassigned him to the Grand Rapids Griffins after the game. Jonathan Ericsson, Johan Franzen, Darren Helm, Patrick Eaves, Jimmy Howard and Joey MacDonald remain injured for Detroit.

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Coming off their best game of the current six-game losing streak, the Red Wings host the Carolina Hurricanes tonight.

Detroit will get Jakub Kindl back in the lineup, as he returns from injury to replace Doug Janik, who's been sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Nicklas Lidstrom could also return, as he'll be a game-time decision. If Lidstrom can play, Brendan Smith will sit.

Ty Conklin gets the start again, with Jimmy Howard and Joey MacDonald still on the shelf.

The Hurricanes are coming off a loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets last night.

Game time is 7:00 PM on FS+.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/24/2012 at 5:58 PM

 

Lidstrom is back and the Wings are down early. I don't care if the puck ramped up off White's stick, Conklin played that wrong.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/24/2012 at 7:12 PM

 

Only Thomas Holmstrom would get screwed like that.

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/24/2012 at 7:30 PM

 

The sound on FS+ is broken which means I'm stuck with the analog version <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/24/2012 at 7:31 PM

 

Thank you for that, Allen <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 3/24/2012 at 8:12 PM

 

f*ck this game

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/24/2012 at 8:31 PM

 

Now we have a game!

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/24/2012 at 8:43 PM

 

Yes!!!!! Now we are in it!

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/24/2012 at 9:16 PM

 

And now FS+ is working!

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/24/2012 at 9:20 PM

 

Yeah baby!

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/24/2012 at 9:23 PM

 

oh my god the last three minutes

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 3/24/2012 at 9:28 PM

 

We NEED these two points.

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/24/2012 at 9:36 PM

 
Henrik Zetterberg

Henrik Zetterberg
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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