Detroit Spoils ‘Canes Home Opener

The Detroit Red Wings grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat Friday night in Raleigh. The Carolina Hurricanes took a two goal lead into the second intermission only to be blanked Red Wing goalie Jimmy Howard in the third period. Justin Abdelkader pulled the Red Wings to within one a mere 42 seconds into the final period and with Howard on the bench for the extra attacker, Henrik Zetterberg snuck the tying goal past Carolina goalie Cam Ward with just 16 seconds left in regulation.

Despite out-playing Detroit for most of the first 40 minutes, Carolina seemed to lose all momentum after the Zetterberg goal. Three minutes into the extra time, Stephen Weiss was in the right place at the right time to spoil the Hurricanes home opener.

Post Game Notes

CAROLINA HURRICANES SCORING NOTES
Per    Time    Goal Scorer                                           Assists                                                                                         STR                      Score
1        13:30   Radek Dvorak (1)                               Jeff Skinner (1), Justin Faulk (1)                                        EV                        1-0 CAR
2       18:11    Nathan Gerbe (1)                                Justin Faulk (2), Jay Harrison (1)                                     PP                        2-0 CAR

DETROIT RED WINGS SCORING NOTES
Per    Time     Goal Scorer                                          Assists                                                                                         STR                       Score
3        0:42     Justin Abdelkader (1)                      Henrik Zetterberg (1), Jonathan Ericsson (1)             EV                         2-1 CAR
3       19:43    Henrik Zetterberg (1)                      Daniel Alfredsson (1), Pavel Datsyuk (1)                       EV                         Tied 2-2
OT     3:13     Stephen Weiss (1)                              Johan Franzen (1), Niklas Kronwall (2)                          EV                         3-2 DET

OVERTIME
Carolina and Detroit played their first overtime game since Jan. 31, 2004. Stephen Weiss’ game-winning goal with 1:47
remaining in overtime was his first goal of the season. The Red Wings have now won five of the last six games against the
Hurricanes and improved to 33-26-8-1 all-time against Carolina.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT
• Dvorak’s goal was his first with the Hurricanes and 224th of his career. He was signed two days ago to a one-year contract
after attending Carolina’s training camp on a professional tryout.
• Gerbe’s goal was his first with Carolina and the 30th of his career. He was signed as a free agent on July 26, 2013, after
spending the first five seasons of his NHL career with Buffalo.

FAULK! FAULK!
Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk earned assists on each of Carolina’s two goals, matching his career high for assists and
points in a game. It marks Faulk’s second career two-assist game (2/12/13 at NJ), and his third career two-point game. Faulk
has now recorded three assists in two career games against Detroit.

DETROIT PRODUCTION
• Abdelkader’s goal was his first of the season. He tallied a career-high 10 goals in 2012-13.
• Zetterberg tallied his first two points (1g, 1a) of the 2013-14 campaign. He led the team in assists last season with 37 and
finished second with 48 points.

PICKING UP WHERE THEY LEFT OFF
The Hurricanes killed all three of the Red Wings’ power-play opportunities on the night. Carolina ranked second in the NHL in
penalty-killing percentage in the preseason, thwarting 26-of-28 (92.9%) of its opponents’ power-play chances.

SEASON OPENERS
The Hurricanes’ franchise fell to 8-19-7 in 34 season openers since joining the NHL in 1979. Since relocating to North
Carolina in 1997, the Hurricanes have won their season opener four times, going 4-8-4 in the last 16 seasons. Carolina is
now 2-4-4 in ten season openers at home since relocation.

SPECIAL TEAMS
• Carolina capitalized on their second power-play opportunity of the season and finished the night 1-for-3 on the man
advantage.
• Detroit went 0-for-3 on the power play tonight, and is now 0-for-6 on the season.

ATTENDANCE
Carolina welcomed a sellout crowd of 18,680 to tonight’s season opener. The Hurricanes sold out eight of their games in
2012-13, and a total of 421,451 attended the team’s 24 home games at PNC Arena. Carolina’s per-game attendance
average of 17,560 set a new franchise record, eclipsing the previous record of 17,387 per game set in 2006-07.

SHOTS BY PERIOD

TEAMS         1st     2nd     3rd     OT     Total
Detroit           8       10        16       4         38
Carolina        4        9          11       1          25

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