Tatar leads Red Wings past Hurricanes

Detroit Red Wings' Tomas Tatar (21) crashes into Carolina Hurricanes' Alexander Semin (28), of Russia, taking him off the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Tomas Tatar scored two goals and Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and two assists, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

Petr Mrazek made 34 saves for the Red Wings, who have won three in a row and seven of eight.

Jay McClement scored for Carolina, which has lost three of four. Cam Ward stopped 19 shots.

It was Hurricanes coach Bill Peters’ first game against his former boss and mentor Mike Babcock. Peters was an assistant to Babcock for three seasons in Detroit.

Datsyuk beat Ward from the right circle at 16:36 of the first. Exactly two minutes later, Tatar scored from the left circle off a pass from Datsyuk, with his shot ricocheting off Andrej Sekera’s skate and past Ward glove side.

Tatar scored his 12th goal at 12:14 of the second, beating Ward stick side from the slot.

Carolina got on the board at 17:11 of the second, with McClement redirecting Tim Gleason’s blast from the right point.

The Hurricanes killed off a high-sticking double minor against Tim Gleason early in the first period.

It was the first game for Carolina forward Andrej Nestrasil against his former team. Nestrasil made his NHL debut for Detroit on Oct. 9 and was picked up on waivers from the Red Wings on Nov. 20.

NOTES: The Hurricanes host the New Jersey Devils on Monday night. … Detroit hosts Toronto on Wednesday night. … Carolina D Brett Bellemore (lower body) missed his sixth straight game while C Brad Malone, D Jay Harrison and LW Chris Terry — just back from a conditioning assignment in Charlotte — were healthy scratches. … Detroit G Jonas Gustavsson (15th straight game) and LW Justin Abelkader (seventh) were out with shoulder injuries. D Jakub Kindl and C Joakim Andersson were healthy scratches. … The teams will play three times this season, with the other meetings on April 7 at Detroit and April 11 at Carolina.

 

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