Red Wings play spoiler, beat Hurricanes, 3-2, on Walman's goal in final seconds

Ted Kulfan, The Detroit News on

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DETROIT — They likely aren't going to make the playoffs with a depleted lineup and countless injuries, but the Red Wings aren't rolling over and waiting for the season to end.

Jake Walman blasted a shot from just inside the blue line with 3.2 seconds left in regulation time, giving the Red Wings a 3-2 victory over Carolina.

Walman scored his ninth goal, whistling a shot past goalie Frederik Andersen, who may have been screened with two bodies battling for position in front.

Dominik Kubalik and Dylan Larkin (power play) added goals while goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 31 shots of his former Carolina teammates.

The Wings won their second consecutive game over a prospective playoff team, while moving above .500 for the season (33-32-9).

The Wings' resilience and competitiveness was noted by coach Derek Lalonde often lately, including leading into this game.


"This group hasn't quit all year and I don't expect them to quit now," Lalonde said.

Kubalik opened the game's scoring with his 20th goal.

Kubalik took a pass from David Perron while gaining speed up ice, carried the puck into the zone, and blasted a shot past goalie Frederik Andersen just 59 seconds into the game.

But Carolina took the lead with two similar goals early in the second period.


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