As the Red Wings defeat Carolina, Alex Nedeljkovic dismisses his previous team

As the Red Wings defeat Carolina, Alex Nedeljkovic dismisses his previous team ...

Thursday, Alex Nedeljkovic beat his former team in 46 saves, putting the Detroit Red Wings ahead 3-0 against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena.

It was Nedeljkovic's third shutout this season and his sixth career.

The Red Wings (29-35-10) began a stretch of six games against some of the top teams in the NHL. Carolina (48-19-8) finished the night third overall in the NHL and two points ahead of the New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division.

The Red Wings lost 3-1-1 in their previous five matches, defeating Moritz Seider, Adam Erne, and Filip Zadina. This season, they won two of three games from Carolina.

The Red Wings scored twice in the third period to extend their lead with a 1-0 victory.

With his sixth goal, Erne made it 2-0 at 3:01 on the corner, corralled the rebound and deposited a backhand shot past goalie Antti Raanta. Stephens has two assists in three games since returning after nearly five months with a lower-body injury.

While holding a 2-0 lead, the Red Wings killed four Carolina power plays, including two in the third period.

Zadina put his team ahead at 13:33 on the back of his goal. He drew to Seth Jarvis in the neutral zone, skated over the blue line, and snapped in a hard wrist shot for his tenth goal.

Carolina was kept off the scoreboard the rest of the way thanks to strong team defense and key stops.

Nedeljkovic had a good rookie season with the Hurricanes in 2020-21, finishing third in the Calder Trophy balloting. But Carolina decided not to re-sign the restricted free agent, trading him to Detroit for a third-round pick. Nedeljkovic (19-21-9), like his team, has had an up and down season.

Seider finished the scoring with 13 seconds remaining in the second period.

Dylan Larkin was on a blue line when he took the puck to the net and made a drop pass to Seider, who scored his sixth goal.

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