Going into the third period, it looked like the Carolina Hurricanes would be able to hold onto their two-goal lead and win the first game of the season, but the Detroit Red Wings squashed those hopes in the next 25 minutes as the team beat the Canes, 3-2 in overtime.
Justin Abdelkader scored the Wings’ first goal, two minutes into the third period. Henrik Zetterberg scored with 17 seconds left to tie the game, before Stephen Weiss completed the heart-breaker by scoring in the third minute of overtime.
At the beginning of the game, the Wings controlled most of the play, but Radek Dvorak was able to give the Hurricanes the early lead when he ricocheted a Jeff Skinner pass over Jimmy Howard and into the net.
Nathan Gerbe scored on the power-play in the second period off of a puck that was blocked by Danny DeKeyser and changed direction towards Gerbe. The former Sabre blasted the shot past a stretching Howard.
Even though the Canes lost, they didn’t look that bad. After the first period, they were able to control some of the play and Cam Ward played excellent in net.
The last two Red Wings’ goals came off of rebounds that Ward couldn’t get to and the first goal beat the goalie through a practically covered five-hole.
Another strong point of the Hurricanes’ game was the play of the Gerbe-J. Staal-Dwyer line. The line was up against Pavel Datyuk, Zetterberg and Abdelkader all night and prevented a lot of offense during the game. The trio even controlled play during most of the game.
This is a disappointing loss for the Hurricanes, but the team still got a point and if this is a bad game for the team, there’s not too much to be worried about.
Tomorrow, I’ll look at three positives and negatives from the game.