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Red Wings ride 46-save effort from Alex Nedeljkovic to beat Hurricanes

Apr 14, 2022; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA;  Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Antti Raanta (32) watches the puck against Detroit Red Wings defenseman Filip Hronek (17) during the first periodat PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit goalie Alex Nedeljkovic made 46 saves to shut out his former team as the Red Wings beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Thursday night in Raleigh, N.C.

Moritz Seider, Adam Erne and Filip Zadina scored for the Red Wings (29-35-10, 68 points).

Goalie Antti Raanta stopped 19 shots for Carolina.

The Hurricanes (48-19-8, 104 points) were blanked for the second time in their last nine home games. Carolina is 2-2-0 in four games since clinching a playoff berth.

Nedeljkovic, a rookie standout for Carolina last season, lost in a December visit to Raleigh and then was the winning goalie against the Hurricanes in a March 1 overtime victory.

Seider, who notched his sixth goal of the season, scored on a power play with 12.1 seconds remaining in the second period. Seider’s shot was set up when Dylan Larkin dropped off a pass in the circle. It marked the first goal for Seider since Feb. 12.

That came on the Red Wings’ first power-play opportunity when Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce was called for a tripping penalty.

On an early Hurricanes’ power play, Carolina failed to produce a shot on goal against a Detroit penalty-killing unit that ranks 31st in the NHL.

Erne also posted his sixth goal of the season when he scored 3:01 into the third period. Zadina’s 10th goal of the season came at 13:33 of the third period.

Through two periods, the Hurricanes held a 29-14 advantage in shots on goal. In the second period, Carolina’s Sebastian Aho’s shot hit off the crossbar.

For the Red Wings, Thursday’s contest began a stretch of six games against playoff-bound teams across a 10-day period.

This game came two nights after the Hurricanes won a road showdown against the New York Rangers in a clash between the top two teams in the Metropolitan Division. Next for Carolina is Saturday night’s game at Western Conference leader Colorado.

–Field Level Media