Red Wings rally to beat Hurricanes in OT


Kurt Dusterberg – NHL.com Correspondent

RALEIGH, NC October 4, 2013 – Stephen Weiss scored with 1:47 remaining in overtime as the Detroit Red Wings rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 at PNC Arena on Friday night.

Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings gives up a goal to Radek Dvorak #18 of the Carolina Hurricanes

Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings gives up a goal to Radek Dvorak #18 of the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period at PNC Arena on October 4, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Henrik Zetterberg tied the game when he scored off a scramble around the net with less than 17 seconds remaining in regulation. Justin Abdelkader had put the Red Wings on the board early in the third after Detroit trailed 2-0 through two periods. Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots to win for the second time in as many starts Defenseman Justin Faulk assisted on both Carolina goals.

The teams looked a little ragged in the opening stages of the game. The shots on goal were even at 2-2 until 8:46 remained in the opening period. But a defensive lapse by the Red Wings led to the first goal of the game.

Radek Dvorak, playing his first game with the Hurricanes, chipped the puck over the outstretched stick of Howard at 13:30. Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincy appeared in position to sweep away Jeff Skinner‘s headman pass, but the puck slipped past him, allowing Dvorak to drive to the net and score.

The Hurricanes extended their lead to 2-0 at 18:11 of the second period when Nathan Gerbe, also playing in his first game with Carolina, scored in the final seconds of a power play. Faulk’s shot from above the circles deflected off Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser and onto the waiting stick of Gerbe on the right side.

Detroit got on the board 42 seconds into the third period when Abdelkader took advantage of pass by Zetterberg pass that deflected off Faulk. Abdelkader was alone in front and beat Cam Ward, who finished with 35 saves.

Stephen Weiss #90 and Danny DeKeyser #65 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrate after Weiss's game-winning goal in overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes

Stephen Weiss #90 and Danny DeKeyser #65 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrate after Weiss’s game-winning goal in overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes during play at PNC Arena on October 4, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Red Wings defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

For the Hurricanes, it was a night of debuts, led by Elias Lindholm, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 draft. Veteran defensemen Andrej Sekera and Ron Hainsey also played their first games in Carolina.

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