Red Wings upend Hurricanes with 3-1 victory

Detroit Red Wings' Adam Erne (73) shoots the puck bast Carolina Hurricanes goaltender James Reimer (47) for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
Detroit Red Wings' Adam Erne (73) shoots the puck bast Carolina Hurricanes goaltender James Reimer (47) for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Detroit Red Wings emerged from a stressful few days before the deadline with yet another standings-defying win against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Adam Erne and Flip Zadina scored two quick third-period goals while Jonathan Bernier finished with 37 saves to help the Red Wings beat the Hurricanes 3-1 on Monday night, sweeping a two-game road set against a team tied for the Central Division lead.

Detroit, sitting at the bottom of the division, won here in a shootout on Saturday then earned a fourth win in seven meetings this season Monday — which also spoiled Carolina captain Jordan Staal's 1,000th career regular-season NHL game.

It came after the Red Wings completed four trades since Friday, the biggest sending right wing Anthony Mantha to Washington before the Monday afternoon deadline. The potential for more moves left coach Jeff Blashill waiting until “really late” to post his lineup.

“The stress was I guess behind us and we could focus on the game tonight,” captain Dylan Larkin said.

"We were in a 0-0 game going into the third and a lot of times this year and in the past, you've seen that go the other way. But I've said we've have to start finding ways to win those games, and we did tonight.”

To Larkin's point, Detroit had been outscored 57-33 in the third period before Monday.

Erne scored off a behind-the-net feed from Michael Rasmussen less than a minute into the third. That was the start of a game-turning sequence that saw the Hurricanes take two quick penalties to give the Red Wings a chance to strike again.