The Detroit Red Wings attempted to snap Fredrik Andersen’s 10-0-and-1 streak against them as they faced the shorthanded Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday evening.
Stupid Carolina won 5-3 thanks to a combination of grit and determination by a 16-skater-strong Canes lineup, a pair of goals by Nino Niederreiter, a tremendous defensive effort in holding Detroit to 4 third period shots on Fredrik Andersen, who was superb…
And the Red Wings made a flurry of defensive mistakes, Nedeljkovic gave up a couple of stinkers, the Wings could not win any faceoffs, and Detroit just didn’t have the energy or grit with which to keep up with the Carolina Hurricanes’ home-ice advantage, literally and in terms of officiating, which was spurious.
The teams dressed the following lines…With the Red Wings going with 11 forwards and 7 defense to Carolina’s 10-and-6 formation…
The starters and scratches were as follows…
In the 1st period…
The Red Wings started the Larkin line with DeKeyser and Bertuzzi opposite Necas-Trocheck-Niederreiter, Pesce and Skjei.
Larkin drew in for the opening faceoff opposite Trocheck, the Canes won the draw and chipped it to center into the Wings’ zone and Nedeljkovic played it…
And the whistle went because Tyler Bertuzzi hooked a Cane at 0:12.
On the PK, Detroit won the faceoff, skated deep and Gagner sent a shot in on Andersen, Suter supported him but Carolina set up.
The Canes Datsyuk Dropped and skated into the Wings’ zone, where they were blocked off and Detroit battled as Carolina regrouped, cycled and Rowney broke in with Oesterle on the rush, and Andersen made TWO STOPS on Rowney to keep the game scoreless off the 2-on-1.
Carolina chipped and chased with 39 left in the PK, Nedeljkovic could not clear, and Carolina set tup, cycled around the perimeter, and fed the puck to the point for Slavin, then Fast…
Helped Niederreiter jab a bouncing puck off a weird rebound into the back of the net past Nedeljkovic.
Tremendous patience by Nino and a fortuitous bounce lead to the early marker.
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Niederreiter made it 1-0 at 2:05 from Poturalski and Slavin.
Detroit then lost the next faceoff, and Carolina continued to cycle and grind it out down low, with Hronek and Leddy struggling to clear the zone, only accomplishing the feat with Bertuzzi’s help.
Detroit changed lines nearly 3 minutes in and Erne, Veleno and Zadina worked together as a makeshift 3rd line, they worked the puck to DeKeyser and he got a slot chance in on Andersen at 3:11 of the 1st.
Off the next faceoff, Filip Zadina fed the puck to Joe Veleno in the slot, Andersen stopped him, and Ethan Bear pulled down Zadina to take a penalty at 3:21.
On the power play, Detroit lost the initial draw, but it was ruled illegal, so Larkin got a second chance to draw in…
And he lost the draw, so Carolina ripped the puck down the ice, and Seider set up behind his own net, skated it out to center, Datsyuk Dropped to Larkin, Raymond was stopped by Andersen, Seider and Suter cycled, Seider sent a shot wide, and Larkin fed Seider, Raymond to Seider it went, Seider fed Larkin, for Raymond, blocked to the line, Seider to Larkin, blocked one-timer, cleared down ice by Slavin.
The 2nd unit took to the ice with 45 left in the PP, they worked the puck up ice sloppily, Hronek fed Zadina, he suffered a turnover and Necas cycled in, fed Skjei and he was stopped by Nedeljkovic;
Detroit’s Hronek carried the puck up ice and worked it in deep, but the Canes cleared the zone with 10 left on the PP and that would about do it.
Gagner then took the puck off a strange bounce behind the net, he worked it out front for a shot and Gagner scored off of the stick of the Hurricanes defenseman.
Sam Gagner tied the game 1-1 at 5:32 of the 1st period.
The Hurricanes won the next draw and worked it around the back boards, with Niederreiter affording Carolina an exit as the Larkin line pressured them;
Seider set up in his zone, fed Raymond and he chipped and chased, Andersen was forced by Larkin, but Skjei sent the puck up to Niederreiter, who dumped; Nedeljkovic chased, and fed Hronek, whose chip shot was blocked by the Canes;
7 minutes into the 1st period, Carolina worked the points, pushed it deep, and Detroit cleared the zone;
As the teams settled into what could pass for a rhythm, Carolina cycled, sent a shot wide and the puck stopped dead off the end boards, affording Tony DeAngelo an empty-net goal as the Red Wings were all on the right side of the ice.
Tony DeAngelo scored the 2-1 goal at 7:36, from Fast and Kotkaniemi.
On the post-goal shift, Detroit dumped and chased, Noesen cleared the zone, and Leddy was chased out of his zone, Namestnikov, Suter and Bertuzzi cycled deep into the Canes’ zone, and Bertuzzi was shut down.
Carolina continued to force the Red Wings to play defense as the 10-minute mark neared, and Detroit appeared to be chasing the puck, with the Hurricanes displaying more energy and especially more resolve.
Detroit iced the puck with 9:55 left in the 1st, and they were actually leading in shots 7-5.
Carolina cycled off the faceoff, the puck bounced funnily, and we headed to our first TV timeout.
At the first TV timeout, Detroit actually lead in shots 7-6; attempts were 12-11 Carolina, however; hits 4-0 Detroit; giveaways 2-1 Carolina; takeaways 2-1 Carolina; blocked shots 3-2 Carolina; faceoffs 8-2 Carolina.
When play resumed, the Canes chipped and chased,d Detroit sort of kind of mucked the puck into the Canes’ zone, as Veleno, Erne and Zadina worked as a makeshift 3rd line, and Erne fumbled the puck, needing Leddy’s help to clear the zone.
It was a lot of dumping and chasing by the Hurricanes, followed by a lot of chasing by Detroit as the Carolina Hurricanes brought bodies toward the puck and attained possession and control.
Larkin did put a shot off the short side of the net behind Andersen, but some 12 minutes into the 1st period, Detroit was still chasing the play and chasing the pace of the game as Carolina fired attempt after attempt at or near Nedeljkovic.
At the 2nd TV timeout with 7:33 remaining, the shots were still 7-6 Detroit, but the attempts were 16-12 Carolina.
When play resumed, Detroit mucked a faceoff out to center ice, and Gagner, Smith and Rowney generated a shot attempt from Gagner, but no sustained possession or control in the offensive zone.
The trio did get another shot off for Gagner, his 3rd of the period, but again, there was no sustained possession.
Off an icing that should not have counted, Detroit won a faceoff and chipped the puck deep for Erne, Zadina and Veleno, but Detroit could not keep the puck out of their own zone and Necas and Slavin got a good chance off that Nedeljkovic had to smother with some urgency.
Carolina won the next draw and nearly tucked in a back-door goal;
And Larkin deked and dangled going the other way and beat Fredrik Andersen to tie the game 2-2. Lucas Raymond flipped the puck into an area and Dylan Larkin chased it down, chipped the puck off Andersen’s right pad and put the rebound into the net.
Dylan Larkin made it 2-2 from Raymond at 13:54.
Carolina continued to dominate possession and control in the Wings’ zone, however, and Nedeljkovic had to stifle Kotkaniemi, who chipped a shot over Ned’s shoulder but not into the net;
Carolina continued to cycle and cycle, and Suter’s line was really hemmed in, with Nedeljkovic making some tremendous stops again;
Bertuzzi broke out, Lindstrom held the puck in, Lindstrom pinched, ate the puck along the boards, Larkin, Bertuzzi and Raymond all battled for the puck, with Raymond getting cross-checked to afford the Canes a clear and chip-in with 3:40 remaining.
With 3:19 remaining, at the last TV timeout of the period, Carolina actually led in shots 13-10 and attempts 24-16.
When play resumed, Carolina won another faceoff, cycled down low, and Niederreiter fed Trocheck, but his poor pass to the line trickled out to center thanks to Suter.
Rowney, Smith and Gagner worked deep and Oesterle FIRED A SHOT OFF THE GOALPOST behind Andersen;
Detroit had Bertuzzi draw in offensively and he actually won the draw as Larkin was kicked out, as per usual these days, and Raymond, Larkin and Seider worked some magic in the offensive zone, with Seider helping Oesterle generate a scoring chance, and Larkin generate a rebound opportunity.
When the Canes charged into Detroit’s zone 3 on 2 Nedeljkovic stopped the first shot, but with Seider tied up along the boards, Oesterle let Drury fire one shot on the net and then get to his own rebound, and Drury went bar-down to make it 3-2 with 1:20 remaining.
Detroit suffered the 3-2 goal at 18:40 as Drury scored from Kotkaniemi at 18:40.
Nedeljkovic made a shaky save with 6.3 remaining as well, and Ken and Mickey wondered whether Ned’s night was over.
He had to stop another before the period ended, giving Carolina 17 shots in the 1st period.
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In the 2nd period…
Larkin, Raymond and Bertuzzi drew in for the opening faceoff, and they lost the draw to Carolina, which chipped, chased and cycled vs. Seider and DeKeyser, sent a shot wide of the net from the post, and Carolina worked the puck back to the point for a second chance that Nedeljkovic had to stop;
Carolina continued and Nedeljkovic had to make yet another stop before Detroit iced the puck 46 seconds into the 1st period.
The first line and defensive pair had to stay out for the defensive zone draw, which Larkin wrested away from the Canes, and Detroit chipped and changed some 58 seconds into the 2nd period.
Zadina, Namestnikov and Suter took to the ice with Leddy and Hronek, and the Hurricanes attempted to cycle, Detroit disrupted that, and the Wings chipped, tagged up, and afforded Carolina their own chip and chase, and Nedeljkovic almost got beat as Carolina generated another scoring chance;
Carolina continued to dominate possession and control as the Red Wings struggled to clear their zone 2:15 into the 2nd, and Erne, Smith and Veleno watched Nedeljkovic stop Ethan Bear at 2:24.
Veleno drew in for the faceoff at the Wings’ left dot, he lost that, and Carolina continued to cycle to the point, but the Wings took the puck away;
Veleno, Oesterle and Erne worked the puck deep, Smith backed up Oesterle on the point, and Carolina tried to break out 3 minutes into the 2nd period, with Necas sending a shot in on Nedeljkovic.
Trocheck cycled, Necas sent it back to Pesce, and Nedeljkovic finally got a block from his defense;
Carolina cycled some more, worked it down low, and Detroit pushed the puck the other way, with Skjei blocking off a Rowney attempt;
Detroit worked the puck out to center with the 4th line on the ice, and Zadina could not convert on a nice pass from Rowney that went a little too far forward;
Gagner and Rowney kept the puck in, Staal could not keep the puck in, and Detroit tried to cycle…
But that was that, and Detroit regrouped in their own zone 4:45 into the 1st period.
Larkin, Raymond and Bertuzzi cycled well, Larkin drew a penalty, and some 5:02 into the 2nd period, Detroit headed to the power play.
Jack Drury went down for tripping at 5:02 as Dylan Larkin went down on his own.
On the power play, Detroit battled to win the initial faceoff, but the Canes chipped the puck down the ice and checked Seider, too;
Larkin blazed to center, the Canes took over, and chipped it down the ice with 1:25 remaining on the PP;
Seider dropped to Larkin, he fed Raymond, Raymond fed Larkin deep, Teravainen chipped the puck into the Wings’ bench and Detroit changed at 55 seconds of the PP.
6:57 into the 2nd period, Namestnikov, Erne and Zadina took to the ice with Hronek and Leddy, they cycled the puck to Namestnikov, who sent it back to Zadina, and he sent the puck in on Andersen, who made a good stop.
Detroit then surrendered a bad faceoff loss, and the Wings dithered with the puck at the offensive zone blueline, killing time.
Erne swept the puck to Hronek, Hronek fed it deep, and the Canes took over and killed the penalty.
Drury nearly broke in 1-on-2 after getting out of the penalty box, too.
Ultimately, Carolina cycled but was blocked off by Rowney, so Rowney went the other way with Smith, he fed DeKeyser, whose shot went wide, Lindstrom was blocked off, and the Canes took over with 7:51 gone in the 2nd period.
Carolina began to cycle again in the offensive zone, and the Wings’ defense and forwards at least got back to chip the puck out of trouble.
Smith even got an “almost” that was checked by Ethan Bear.
Larkin helped Nedeljkovic move the puck out of trouble with 8:30 gone;
Staal, earning a modicum of ice time, fed Bertuzzi at center, and Raymond was blocked by Niederreiter, but Staal got the puck at the Wings’ line, sent the puck up to Bertuzzi, who fed Larkin, and he sent the shot wide of Andersen high.
Detroit managed to work the puck in on Andersen at 9:21 of the 2nd period, he held on, and that was the cue for the first TV timeout of the period.
At the TV timeout, after a 30-shot 1st period, the shots were 3-2 Carolina at 9:21.
Detroit lost the next faceoff, deep in the offensive zone, and Rowney, Erne and Namestnikov managed to go offside twice in one play.
Detroit at least changed defensive pairs to some extent at the game’s halfway mark, with Leddy working with Seider, and DeKeyser working with Hronek…
Larkin fed Bertuzzi on a 3-on-2 and Bertuzzi chipped the puck wide;
Andersen grabbed a DeKeyser cannon and we headed to the 2nd TV timeout.
The Red Wings managed to get their 3rd shot of the period on that flurry, but Carolina won the next draw, cycled deep vs. Hronek and DeKeyser and Nedeljkovic had to make a stop as the Larkin line got hemmed in their own zone for a bit.
Bertuzzi broke in with Larkin, he fed Bertuzzi, who wrapped the puck around, and Andersen made a TREMENDOUS pad-down stop…
But the horn went and the referees indicated that Tyler Bertuzzi scored at 8:41 to make it 3-3.
Tyler Bertuzzi scored his first goal in 12 games to make it 3-3. Raymond and Larkin were given the assists.
The Canes came right back in and fired a shot off Nedeljkovic’s pad on the post-goal shift, and Trocheck, Niederreiter and company cycled deep, but Lindstrom broke up the play and cleared the zone…
On their next shift, Raymond, Larkin and Bertuzzi cycled hard, Bertuzzi fed Raymond and gave it back and jabbed the puck in on Andersen, who was re-combobulating after getting hit by his defenseman, and Andersen made ANOTHER goal-line save.
12:44 into the 2nd period, Detroit lost yet another deep zone draw, but the Wings were starting to at least play on even footing with Carolina, in no small part thanks to good cycling by Veleno, Gagner and Namestnikov, who formed a strong, competent line.
Off a line change, Givani Smith fumbled what could have been a 4-3 marker, and the Canes fumbled the puck themselves, before re-setting and generating a good dump-and-chase cycle in the Wings’ zone;
Lindstrom was blocked off and Rowney played defense for Lindstrom, stopping a net-front pass;
Carolina continued to cycle, Lindstrom broke it up, and he was hacked after the play, after DeKeyser got away with one, and Lindstrom drew an interference call at 15:08 to Necas.
On the power play, Larkin lost the initial draw, and Nedeljkovic had to set up the Wings’ first rush, setting up Larkin, who fed Raymond, who was bumped off the puck;
Carolina cleared the zone, Detroit set up, with Seider feeding Larkin, to Suter it went, around the boards to Bertuzzi, deep for Suter, he was tied up by 2 Canes, and Bertuzzi could not hold the line, so Smith chipped the puck deep.
Detroit re-set with 1:05 gone in the PP, and a feeble Moritz Seider shot was the 1st unit’s only shot on goal, easily grabbed by Andersen.
Erne, Namestnikov, Zadina, Hronek and Leddy worked on the 2nd unit, losing the draw, pushing the puck back through center, and up and into the Canes’ zone, where Leddy fed Erne on the left wing side, he reversed, Leddy fired a shot that was stopped by Andersen;
Hronek and Leddy worked the puck to Zadina to Erne, and he walked it back to jab a slot shot in on Andersen for a scoring chance.
Detroit then lost the next draw, Raymond was hacked, Hronek cycled in his zone and fed Leddy, and Bertuzzi chipped as the PP expired.
Carolina skated into the Wings’ zone, Necas dropped and Nedeljkovic had to make a big shoulder stop;
Eventually Raymond flipped the puck out of the Wings’ zone, and Hronek and Bertuzzi helped Raymond flip the next Canes rush out of trouble.
Detroit changed lines with 2 minutes remaining in the 2nd period.
Nedeljkovic then made a big stop on Brendan Smith, and with 1:48 left in the 2nd, the Wings set up for a deep defensive zone faceoff.
The Wings got out of trouble, and the next minute went by uneventfully.
Both teams were checking the snot out of each other, and Trocheck sent a shot over DeKeyser’s stick and through the crease;
Oesterle fumbled and the Canes sent the puck to Pece and then Necas, who fanned on the shot;
Carolina cycled with 20 secons remaining, Necas fed Pesce, his shot was blocked, and Detroit’s Erne flipped a shot to center, Carolina went offside with 4.2 left, and the Wings lost the draw, but that ended the 2nd period.
In the 3rd period…
The Larkin line started opposite Trocheck, and Detroit won the draw, pushed the puck deep and chased, with Larkin stealing centering and watching Bertuzzi fumble;
SIGH. Niederreiter skated in past Moritz Seider and fired the puck off the goalpost/crossbar and in to make it 4-3 Carolina at 18 seconds of the 3rd period.
Niederreiter got his 2nd goal of the night at 18 seconds to make it 4-3. Necas and Pesce got assists.
The Red Wings brought Larkin’s line right back out after a short break, and Larkin fired a shot wide off an offensive zone faceoff win, Bertuzzi cycled for Raymond, he was blocked off, and Lindstrom and Oesterle took over with 2:05 gone.
Detroit charged out of trouble and into the offensive zone with Veleno working with Namestnikov and Erne, but Trocheck chipped the puck deep and Carolina cycled, jabbed the puck to the point and Smith was stopped by Nedeljkovic at 2:44.
Seider and Staal returned to the ice and helped the Wings as they lost another faceoff, with Rowney, Gagner and Smith doing an OK job of managing the puck in the neutral zone.
They did not generate any offense. Mostly, Seider set up the 4th line for passes that either did not convert at center ice, or were iced (as was the last one).
Detroit managed to work the puck deep on the next shift, but Zadina, Veleno and Suter were over-matched physically, Kotkaniemi got away with one, and Zadina could not send a sneaky shot through Andersen at the side of the net.
Instead, the Canes chipped and chased;
When Detroit raced down the ice, Suter was checked heavily by Necas, and the Canes cleared with ease some 4:50 into the 3rd.
Raymond surrendered a horrific giveaway to Necas, too, and Necas missed the net.
But Bertuzzi, Raymond and Larkin persisted, cycled, got some chances in the offensive zone, and when Gagner replaced Raymond, he helped out as well.
Staal made a nice play defensively during the shift as well, stifling a Canes 3-on-2 with an astute poke check.
When Suter, Gagner and Smith stole the puck from the Canes, Gagner and company struggled to gain the offensive blueline, so Seider stood up opposite Kotkaniemi, and he fired a shot wide, but cycled back to the point, Carolina worked the puck deep and around the perimeter, and Necas got away from Seider, was bumped by Seider, and the Wings dumped the puck down for an icing.
Off a HORRIFIC icing call that Skjei milked, Suter won the draw with 12:11 left in the 3rd, and Detroit cleared the zone;
At the first TV timeout at 8:04, the Wings were being out-shot all of 3-1; attempts were 50-45, however.
Detroit lost the post-TV timeout faceoff, Carolina cycled and the Wings’ first line got hemmed in with Oesterle working with Hronek, resulting in a clear that came right back into the Wings’ zone.
Bertuzzi came back to help and charged to the slot, gave it away and gave it to Raymond, Raymond lost the puck and Niederreiter sent a puck in whose rebound was almost put home by Necas;
With 10:45 left in the 3rd period, Gagner, Veleno and Zadina worked together, with Lindstrom and Staal, and the Wings chipped, chased, and mostly chased down Hurricanes.
Kotkaniemi put a puck off Nedeljkovic’s shoulder with 10:10 remaining.
Carolina kept winning faceoffs, especially in the offensive zone, and that was a problem. A big problem.
Erne did get an OK chance on Andersen with 9:42 left in the 3rd, ushering in another TV timeout. Andersen stopped it.
The Wings were stuck on 2 shots some 10:18 into the 3rd period.
When play resumed, Detroit struggled to gain the offensive zone blueline, and Seider chipped, Zadina, Erne and Suter chased, and Drury got a scoring chance in on Nedeljkovic instead.
Another minute ticked off the clock. 8:57 remained.
Larkin, Leddy and Bertuzzi were battling away on the next shift, and Bertuzzi got hooked down to the ice, so…
There was no call.
Detroit continued to battle to gain the Canes’ blueline, and when Raymond sent a shot toward Andersen, a stick came into his way and blocked it out of play with 8:09 remaining;
A bad Lindstrom pass that was turned over at the blueline ultimately resulted in Lindstrom getting a second opportunity, feeding Oesterle, and then sending the puck up to the Canes’ line, where Carolina…
Was playing 5 men back.
And Detroit could not gain the offensive blueline as a result.
With 7 minutes remaining, Carolina chipped, Detroit charged up to the Canes’ line, and Stepan cleared Gagner’s attempt;
Off a an ACTUAL RUSH, Gagner put a shot off the side of the net and Andersen;
Raymond chipped, the Canes chased, Larkin and Bertuzzi collided, and they got up, afforded Niederreiter a chance that Nedeljkovic stopped, and Seider fed Raymond, who regrouped at the offensive blueline, chipped and changed;
DeAngelo was bumped by Larkin, Larkin shoved DeAngelo, and the Canes set up and sent a shot just wide of the net via Teravainen;
With 5:30 remaining, Kotkaniemi went head-first into the boards himself, but emerged okay.
Carolina led in shots 7-3.
When play resumed with 5:14 left, the Canes got a good screen chance in on Ned that was tipped wide;
Leddy battled Stepan and Rowney skated the puck out, Smith was blocked at center and the Canes chipped and changed;
Hronek fed Bertuzzi, he fed Gagner, to Bertuzzi, to Gagner, and his shot was blocked off;
Bear tied up Gagner, Rowney battled, took the puck, and lost it to a Canes stick check;
Hronek set up behind the Wings net as they changed.
4:05 remained as the Canes chipped, Hronek charged out of the zone, chipped the puck deep, Larkin tripped Skjei, got away with it, once, twice, Raymond took the puck, was shoved, Bertuzzi fed DeKeyser, for Raymond, he was tripped, Bertuzzi battled, Larkin battled Fast, Seider sent a shot wide…
3:20 remained as DeKeyser chipped deep, Bertuzzi was dumped by Skjei, Seider held the line, Bertuzzi battled, and the Canes cleared and iced with 3:01 left.
Detroit won the draw and Namestnikov SHANKED A BACKHAND WIDE OF ANDERSEN.
2:45 remained as Oesterle skated to center, Leddy chipped the puck in, and the Canes cleared to center, Hronek fed Namestnikov, he was hit hard away from the puck, Zadina fed Suter, Suter was dumped, Carolina mashed the Wings, Oesterle fired a shot wide, and with 2:05 left…
Lindstrom fed Zadina, to Lindstrom, Nedeljkovic headed to the bench and the Canes cleared the puck out to force Detroit offside with 1:48 left.
Detroit’s Larkin drew in for the faceoff, it was tied up, and Carolina chugged up ice, chipped and Hronek was tripped by Niederreiter.
Larkin skated up ice, skated in, dropped for Seider, he fed Gagner, to Seider, to Hronek, Larkin right wing side held in as he was checked, backhand deep went to the Canes, Seider held for Gagner for Bertuzzi he was stopped and Niederreiter sent the puck wide for an icing t hat WAS NOT CALLED.
Detroit skated in with 43 left, Detroit held the line, but the Canes chipped the puck away for an icing with 32.8 left in the 3rd.
Detroit called timeout on the icing to keep the Larkin line out with Gagner.
Gagner drew in for the right side faceoff and he tied it up vs Trocheck, Seider fed Larkin, he shot, it was blocked, Seider fed to Raymond, Hronek fed it deeper, it bounced off Seider to center, Larkin was blocked at center and the Canes iced it but Teravainen got to the puck first and Trocheck scored to make it 5-3 on the empty netter.
Vincent Trocheck made it 5-3 with 5 seconds left. Teravainen and Necas got the assists at 19:55.