Hurricanes deal Wings 1st loss, 5-3
DETROIT (AP) – It took just 55 seconds for Brock McGinn in his NHL debut Friday night to help turn the Carolina Hurricanes into winners for the first time this season.
The 21-year-old picked up a neutral-zone turnover, broke in on goal and let go a shot that Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard barely deflected with his blocker. McGinn stuck the rebound just inside the post for a memorable finish to his first shift and the Hurricanes handed the Red Wings their first loss of the season, 5-3.
“I took the shot and it kind of bounced right back onto my stick and I shoved it in,” he said. “You don’t ever expect to come into the league like that, but it was a lot of fun.”
His linemates Eric Staal and Kris Versteeg each had a goal and two assists and Cam Ward had 17 saves. Howard faced 36 shots for Detroit (3-1).
Justin Faulk and Chris Terry also scored for Carolina. Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan and Teemu Pulkkinen scored for Detroit.
The shots were 13-5 in favor of the Hurricanes in the first period, with Carolina still having 42 seconds left on a power play, but the Red Wings kept the score 1-0.
It didn’t stay that way for long, as Faulk pinched in from the blue line to knock home Eric Staal’s pass for a power-play goal at 3:07 of the second period.
Staal made it 3-0 at 6:15, knocking in another rebound.