Detroit Red Wings left wing Drew Miller (20) checks Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore (73) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
DETROIT — Niklas Kronwall was credited with the tie-breaking goal in the third period, Gustav Nyquist had 2 goals and the Detroit Red Wings broke a seven-game game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes today.
Henrik Zetterberg had two assists and Darren Helm added a goal for Detroit. Jonas Gustavsson made 24 saves.
Andrej Sekera scored twice and Brett Bellemore got his first NHL goal for Carolina. Justin Peters stopped 43 shots.
Kronwall was credited with the 5-on-3 power-play goal that broke a 2-2 tie 8:29 into the third period when Hurricanes’ captain Eric Staal accidentally kicked the puck into his own net.
Nyquist, who had been called up from Grand Rapids of the AHL earlier in the day, scored on a breakaway with 4:04 left.
Sekera got his second goal with a short-handed effort in the last minute.
Detroit killed off a 1:36 two-man disadvantage late in the second period and early in the third.
Sekera tied the game at 2, with 7:09 left in the middle period. He made a move past the Red Wings’ Todd Bertuzzi and then beat Gustavsson with a wrist shot from the slot off the rush. It was Sekera’s third goal.
Bellemore put Carolina on the board 5:49 into the middle period, making it 2-1 by completing a give-and-go with right wing Radek Dvorak by whipping a one-timer from the bottom of the right circle past Gustavsson.
Nyquist, playing in his first game of the season, scored just 17 seconds into the game by putting a loose puck from the bottom of the right circle.
Helm gave Detroit a 2-0 lead 2:37 into the second period. He beat Peters with a shot from the bottom of the right circle for his third goal.
NOTE: Hurricanes LW Jeff Skinner returned after missing 11 games with an upper-body injury. . Carolina RW Alexander Semin missed his second game with a concussion. . The Red Wings played their first complete game without rookie D Danny DeKeyser, who will miss three-to-six weeks with a separated left shoulder. He was put on long-term IR. . Hurricanes D Tim Gleason, LW Nathan Gerbe and LW Drayson Bowman are all from Michigan. . Detroit RW Daniel Alfredsson (groin) missed his fourth game and Red Wings’ C Stephen Weiss (groin) missed his sixth. . Carolina D Jay Harrison missed his second game with an illness. . Brendan Shanahan, the NHL’s vice president of hockey and business development and director of player safety was honored before the game for his recent Hall of Fame induction. He played for Detroit in 1996-97 and 2005-06. . Detroit D Brian Lashoff left the game in the second period due to the flu.