January 18, 2018
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Former UMaine star returns to Red Wings, scores 2 goals in victory

By Paul Harris, The Sports Xchange
Rick Osentoski | USA Today Sports | BDN
Rick Osentoski | USA Today Sports | BDN
Detroit Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist (center) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring a goal in the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit Thursday night.

DETROIT — Center Henrik Zetterberg was credited with the go-ahead goal in the third period, and right winger Gustav Nyquist scored twice as the Detroit Red Wings broke a seven-game game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday night.

Zetterberg added two assists, and center Darren Helm also scored for Detroit, which also snapped its eight-game home losing skid. Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson made 24 saves.

Defenseman Andrej Sekera scored twice, and defenseman Brett Bellemore got his first NHL goal for Carolina. Hurricanes goaltender Justin Peters stopped 43 shots.

Zetterberg was credited with a 5-on-3 power-play goal 8:29 into the third period to break a 2-2 tie. Hurricanes center Eric Staal accidentally kicked the puck into his own net.

Nyquist a former University of Maine star, who was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids earlier in the day, scored on a breakaway at 15:58 of the third period for his second goal of the game and season.

Nyquist was a two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist and All-American at Maine before leaving after his third season in 2011.

Sekera got a short-handed goal in the final minute, his fourth goal of the season.

Detroit killed off a 1:36 two-man disadvantage late in the second period and early in the third.

Sekera tied the game at 2 with 7:09 left in the middle period. He made a move past Red Wings right winger Todd Bertuzzi and then beat Gustavsson with a wrist shot from the slot.

Bellemore put Carolina on the board and made it 2-1 at 5:49 of the second period, completing a give-and-go play with right winger Radek Dvorak by whipping a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle past Gustavsson.

Nyquist, playing in his first game of the season, scored just 17 seconds into the game — putting in a loose puck from the bottom of the right circle.

Helm made it 2-0 at 2:37 of the second period with his third goal. He scored on a shot from the bottom of the right circle.

NOTE: Hurricanes LW Jeff Skinner returned after missing 11 games with an upper-body injury. … Carolina RW Alexander Semin missed his second game with a concussion. … The Red Wings played their first complete game without rookie D Danny DeKeyser, who will miss three to six weeks with a separated left shoulder. He was placed on long-term injured reserve. … Detroit RW Daniel Alfredsson (groin) missed his fourth game, and Red Wings C Stephen Weiss (groin) missed his sixth contest. … Carolina D Jay Harrison missed his second game with an illness. … NHL vice president of hockey and business development and director of player safety Brendan Shanahan, who played with Detroit from 1996-97 to 2005-06, was honored before the game for his recent Hall of Fame induction.


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