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The Detroit Red Wings were able to overcome a spotty effort to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Tuesday, earning their 5th straight win thanks to a pair of goals from Dylan Larkin, a fine 29-save performance from Petr Mrazek and a lot of effort against a surprising Hurricanes team in between.
As AWood40 posted, Dylan Larkin's pair of goals were things of beauty...
And the way the Wings responded after Mike Green got hit "in the numbers" by Victor Stalberg wasn't bad, either:
The Detroit Red Wings attempted to push their winning streak to 5 games against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday evening, while the Hurricanes attempted to wrap up a 6-game road trip on a winning note. The Red Wings faced familiar faces in Andrej Nestrasil and Martin Frk as well.
The Red Wings may have had to work a little harder than they wanted given that the Hurricanes never gave up, and had a particularly good third period, but Detroit built up 3-0 and 4-2 leads and did a fine job of out-working and out-detailing the Hurricanes to a 4-2 margin of victory, earning a fifth win in a row.
According to Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond, the Wings have earned 10 of their first possible 14 points, and they'll need to play a little better on Thursday in St. Louis, but this was an excellent effort against a rope-a-dope of an effort by a surprising Hurricanes team.
Dylan Larkin scored his first two goals of the 2016-17 season this evening, first tucking a breakaway between Cam Ward's legs...
And then firing a flickering wrister off a Canes defenseman and through Ward:
Of prospect-related note:
In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo remained absent as TPS Turku defeated HPK 4-1;
In the KHL, Christoffer Ehn played 15:50 in the Frolunda Indians' 3-1 win over Malmo IF;
And here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' weekly press release:
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video with Ken Kal:
2. Here's WXYZ's Brad Galli talking about Dylan Larkin bobblehead night:
MLive's Ansar Khan penned an article about Martin Frk's return to the Motor City as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes:
"It was kind of sad to leave the Red Wings and also Grand Rapids," Frk said. "(But) it was great for me. I'm very happy I can be here and get a chance to play for Carolina."
The Hurricanes are in the process of determining whether Frk belongs on their team. He must be on the NHL roster for at least 30 days after being claimed on waivers. But he can be waived after that.
"We got to make sure we get him enough minutes and we get him in some games so we know what we have at the end of the day," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "We haven't played enough hockey to get everybody involved. We're carrying 14 forwards, at some tonight we'd like to get down to 13 and have everyone where they need to be. So, we got to make a decision on Marty, where he fits in. But we like him a lot."
Frk was in his first year as a pro in 2013-14 during Peters' final season as an assistant coach with Detroit.
"Struggled in the beginning to figure out the pro game. Spent some time in Toledo (ECHL)," Peters said. "Give him all the credit in the world. He got himself in better shape. He became a better skater. He's always had the ability to score goals. But now the NHL has changed. It's a much quicker league. He's done a good job trying to get himself up to speed with the skating and now we'll see if we can get him in good enough positions to use his ability to score."
There are groups of Red Wings and Detroit sports fans who are absolutely furious right now, and I'm not sure whether their anger is reflexive, misplaced or just plain illogical.
These groups of fans are freaking out about the fact that the player the Phoenix Coyotes picked with the 1st round pick Detroit traded to Arizona in the Pavel Datsyuk trade, one Jakob Chychrun, has posted 1 goal, 2 assists and 3 points in 4 games while displaying a significant amount of talent and maturity.
Among the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's notes:
The Detroit Red Wings’ Gustav Nyquist admits he didn’t score enough goals last season. He had just 17, after netting 28 in 2013-14 and 27 in 2014-15. So when he began the season playing well but goal-less in four straight games, it started to eat at him a bit.
But that drought ended over the weekend, when he scored once against Nashville and twice against San Jose. With three goals in two games, Nyquist now has seven points, tying Mike Green and Thomas Vanek for the team lead. Nyquist has a point in all but one of the Red Wings’ six games.
Coach Jeff Blashill has pointed out on several occasions Nyquist has been one of the team’s best players to start the season, thanks partly to Nyquist’s ability to win puck battles and being a factor at both ends of the ice. But being a natural goal-scorer, finding the net had to feel nice.
“I don’t know about pressure,” Nyquist said of ending that goal-less streak. “It felt good to score those goals over the weekend. I didn’t score enough last year.”
Nyquist, 27, certainly has heard plenty about last season. But playing on a line with Darren Helm and Vanek this season, Nyquist has been creating chances and has been on the receiving end of them.
“Goal scoring, sometimes there will be slumps and it’s something you go through,” Nyquist said. “The last couple of games the puck has been going in for me and it’s nice. Every time you score, it gives you confidence.”
Red Wings Productions posted a clip of the Wings touring Little Caesars Arena:
Updated 6x at 3:11 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face the Carolina Hurricanes this evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed that neither Detroit's Justin Abdelkader nor Carolina's Jeff Skinner will play for their respective teams this evening. As a result, the Red Wings will see Andrej Nestrasil and Martin Frk playing for Carolina as the Wings attempt to extend their winning streak to five games.
The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with the Wings about the challenges the Hurricanes present:
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