Detroit Red Wings beat Carolina with double dose of Adam Erne
RALEIGH, NC – Adam Erne scored in the seventh round of the shootout when the Detroit Red Wings beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 on Saturday night.
Erne also scored his team’s last regular goal, scoring four goals in their last six games.
“It’s been going well lately,” said Erne. “I’m just trying to hold on to my game. I’m just trying to take advantage of the opportunities that arise. “
Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, and Valtteri Filppula also had regulatory goals for Detroit. Larkin also scored in the shootout. Thomas Greiss finished with 30 parades.
Martin Necas, Jordan Staal, Dougie Hamilton and Sebastian Aho scored a goal for the Hurricanes. Andrei Svechnikov extended the third round shootout for Carolina.
Petr Mrazek stopped 25 shots for the Hurricanes, who ended their winning streak in three games.
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“I thought it was a really tough effort,” said Detroit coach Jeff Blashill. “They came out and gave it to us early. As the game went on, I found our level of competition to be excellent. “
Erne scored 6:20 in regular time to give Detroit a 4-3 lead. Carolina responded with Aho’s goal at the 4-minute mark to tie it.
“Adam has good hands,” said Blashill. “He scored in juniors. He scored in the American (Hockey) League. “
Erne said he didn’t want to put too much emphasis on being in a groove. He just wants production to continue.
“I’m just happy with that,” said Erne. “One game, one day at a time. I’m just trying to stick with it. “
The Hurricanes almost tied it to play earlier at Nino Niederreiter’s diversion with 5:13, but a video review wiped the balance sheet due to goalkeeping disorders.
The Red Wings lost their fourth defeat by five or more goals when they beat Nashville 7-1 on Thursday night.
Greiss had not allowed three goals in any of his last three games. He gave up three in the first 30 minutes of this one.
Although Greiss has played 27 of the Red Wings’ 43 games this season, this was only his second appearance against Carolina. The other lost the season opener when he hit a season high of 40 saves.
The Red Wings took advantage of a coach’s challenge to overturn the third-half goal that would originally have tied the game. Blashill said it was a tough decision to make, especially when it doesn’t work out and the game is a tie and his team is out one man.
“You can’t be sloppy because it’s a penalty that comes back the other way,” Blashill said.
Whenever there is a reasonable chance of taking a goal off the board for the opponent, it is a risk worth taking, he said.
“It’s a big difference in the game,” said Blashill. “They scored after that, but without the successful challenge that might be the winning goal for them instead of the goal of their loyalty.”