Carolina Hurricanes goalie only suffers strain after neck scare

The last time a Stanley Cup postseason opened without the Red Wings, George H.W. Bush was president of the United States, "Love Will Lead You Back" by Taylor Dayne topped the music charts and Detroit's roster included veteran winger Jim Nill and a 24-year-old Steve Yzerman, both of whom now manage the front offices in Dallas and Tampa Bay.

The defeat, combined with the Boston Bruins' 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators and Toronto's 3-2 victory over Florida, mathematically eliminated Detroit from the playoff hunt. The NBA's San Antonio Spurs now have the longest active streak at 20 consecutive postseasons. It looked like he didn't see Kyle Turris' shot in the third period that handed Ottawa a 2-1 lead.

ABOUT THE RED WINGS (31-32-12): Henrik Zetterberg has recorded two goals and six assists over his last seven games to get within one of 900 career points. "The guys who have been part of it should be proud of it". You get that type of player and the rebuild moves quickly.

After the teams played up and down hockey for half of the opening period with the Canes defense all but shutting down the Wings' ability to get a shot off, Faulk cleared the puck to Derek Ryan at the Canes blue line. This is not the Red Wings we know.

“We certainly have to rejuvenate ourselves, ” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "You do that by maintaining the culture that's (been here)". "Night in, night out, we want to keep our foot on the pedal here moving forward".

Just three weeks ago, the Hurricanes were fighting to stay out of last place in the Metropolitan Division. It would be different if they were making deep runs and all of a sudden missed the playoffs.

Stempniak scored on Carolina's second shot of the game, coming 10:10 into the first period.

Instead, Mantha's back-to-back breakaway goals on Lack, all in a span of 70 seconds, took advantage of Carolina turnovers and defensive breakdowns.

Another win and another game with a point has drawn the Hurricanes ever closer to that final wild card spot.

The Red Wings beat the Hurricanes on Monday in a makeup game rescheduled from December 19 - when a Freon leak at PNC Arena made for unplayable ice. Tuesday's contest was regularly scheduled.

Until this season, it had been more than a quarter of a century since the Detroit Red Wings missed the National Hockey League playoffs.

"Coach would probably say we were turning it over too much and not making it hard enough on them early on", Lee Stempniak said.

"We're not going to try to regroup". Ondrej Palat and Anton Stralman also scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy, who got pulled 14 minutes into the first after allowing three goals on eight shots, returned to start the second and finished with 25 saves. Sure. But let's take a moment to understand the monumental work done by this organization in creating something that will never be duplicated.

  • Julie Sanders