The Red Wings came into tonight’s game with a chance to take the lead over Columbus in the standings. For the first time in eight games, the Red Wings failed to score at least three goals as they dropped tonight’s game 2-1.
The Detroit Red Wings did not get the start that they wanted to in the first period of tonight’s game. The Carolina Hurricanes looked a step faster on offense and defense and limited the Red Wings opportunities in the first period. That’s not to say the Red Wings did not have chances. There were a few good opportunities that the Red Wings failed to take advantage of. It was not the same for Carolina in the first. The Hurricanes were able to capitalize on their first powerplay, a Red Wings too many men on the ice penalty, when Elias Lindholm connected for his ninth goal of the season. With 1:36 remaining in the period, the Hurricanes were able to beat the Red Wings defense, despite being out numbered four to three, for their second goal of the game scored by Jiri Tlusty, his 16th of the season.
The Red Wings came out of the gate in the second period with much more energy than they showed in the first period. They had a multitude of chances in the first five minutes of the period, but were unable to connect to cut into the lead. The Red Wings got their chance six minutes into the period to cut into the lead when Ron Hainsey went off for tripping for the Red Wings first powerplay of the game. The Red Wings were unable to connect on the powerplay while only mustering a few shots. Despite opportunities for both teams, no team was able to score and the Hurricanes carried their 2-0 lead into the locker room.
The Red Wings came out in the third with some good energy just like the beginning of the second period. Pavel Datsyuk was able to break through the Hurricanes defense and draw a penalty to put the Red Wings on their second powerplay of the game. The resulting powerplay saw Riley Sheahan put the puck past Cam Ward to cut the Hurricanes lead to 2-1 with just over 16 minutes remaining in the game. The Red Wings would go on to have multiple opportunities to tie the game later in the third period. The chances of tying the game were hurt when the Red Wings took a penalty with around 4:30 remaining in the game, though Carolina was unable to score to put the Red Wings away. Despite a furious rally at the end of the game, the Red Wings were unable to connect for the tying goal and dropped the game 2-1. The Red Wings final game of the season will be on Sunday at 12:30 against the St. Louis Blues.