DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings couldn’t keep every long streak going.
After clinching a 23rd straight postseason appearance this week, the Red Wings lost a regular-season home game to the Carolina franchise for the first time since 1989, falling 2-1 to the Hurricanes on Friday night.
You can’t be satisfied, Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. We want to get to the next spot – see how high we can get in the standings before we start the playoffs.
Cam Ward made 28 saves for Carolina. The Hurricanes hadn’t won a regular-season game at Detroit since Nov. 14, 1989, when they were still the Hartford Whalers. They won Game 1 of the 2002 Stanley Cup finals at Detroit, but that was their only victory of that series.
Elias Lindholm and Jiri Tlusty scored in the first period on Friday, and Carolina held on to hand the Red Wings their second regulation loss in eight games.
Ward said the Hurricanes were told about their drought in Detroit at an optional skate before the game. The franchise had 16 losses and a tie since its previous victory at Detroit in the regular season.
You feel good that we were able to erase that record and come up with a win, he said.
Riley Sheahan scored for the Red Wings in the third period.
LIGHTNING 3, BLUE JACKETS 2: In Tampa, Fla., Kristers Gudlevskis made 36 saves to win his NHL debut, and Eric Brewer scored two goals to lead Tampa Bay.
ISLANDERS 3, DEVILS 2, SO: In Newark, N.J., Frans Nielsen, Josh Bailey and Ryan Strome scored in the shootout to lift New York.
CAPITALS 4, BLACKHAWKS 0: In Washington, Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 51st goal as Washington snapped Chicago’s four-game winning streak.
Jay Beagle had his first career two-goal game, and Nicklas Backstrom also scored as the Capitals won their fourth straight, a hollow winning streak because they won’t be in the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
STARS 3, BLUES 0: In Dallas, Trevor Daley had a goal and an assist, and Kari Lehtonen recorded his fifth shutout of the season as Dallas clinched its first playoff berth since 2008.
JETS 5, FLAMES 3: In Calgary, Alberta, Paul Postma’s first goal of the season at 9:16 of the third period was the winner as Winnipeg ended its season without making the playoffs.