The Red Wings got off to a strong 3-0 start this season, but the winning streak had to come to an end sooner or later.
That end came Friday night, when the Carolina Hurricanes dealt Detroit its first loss with a 5-3 victory.
"They played a lot harder than us," said goaltender Jimmy Howard.
The loss came just six days after the Wings defeated the Hurricanes 4-3 in Raleigh. Detroit didn’t play its best on the road, but still found a way to win.
Although coach Jeff Blashill stressed the importance of jumping out to a strong start in Detroit’s second matchup with the Hurricanes, the Wings were sluggish at The Joe.
This time, they weren’t as fortunate to walk away with their fourth straight victory.
"We probably found a way to win Game 2 when we weren’t at our best and it’s hard to do on a real consistent basis," said coach Jeff Blashill.
ON THE SCOREBOARD
Riley Sheahan scored his first goal of the season to cut Carolina’s lead to one goal late in the second period. Sheahan scooped up a rebound off Tomas Tatar’s shot and used a quick backhand shot to beat Cam Ward.
Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg and rookie Dylan Larkin both extended their three-game point streaks on Friday. Zetterberg and Larkin recorded assists in Detroit’s loss and have earned points in each of the team’s first four games. Zetterberg leads the league with eight points.
Blashill confirmed that Danny DeKeyser (foot) and Darren Helm (concussion) will be game-time decisions for Saturday’s game against the Canadiens. Johan Franzen was placed on the seven-day injured reserve due to post-concussion symptoms.
The Red Wings won’t have much time to dwell on Friday’s loss. They boarded a plane after the game bound for Montreal, where they will play the Canadiens on Saturday, Oct. 17 (6:30 p.m. pregame, 7 p.m. face-off on FOX Sports Detroit).