In Detroit, a little backbone was evidenced by the Red Wings who doubled up the visiting Carolina Hurricanes.
Robby Fabbri broke a 2-2 tie with 2:42 left on the clock in the third period for a 3-2 Detroit lead.
Jonathan Bernier made 29 saves to get the win.
Bobby Ryan also scored for Detroit in his debut.
“You could see [Ryan] was fired up to put on the jersey tonight, and that’s exactly what we need,” Detroit’s Dylan Larkin said. “He wanted to be here and he is going to help make us a better team. He’s already doing that.”
“They did their homework after the first game and switched things up,” Trocheck said. “If we compete like we did in Game 1, we have a chance, but they wanted it more than we did tonight.”
Carolina was 1-for-5 on the power play.
“We gave away the first 40 minutes of the game,” Hurricanes head coach Rob Brind’Amour said. “I thought yesterday hurt us, just sitting around in the hotel. I think that’s a big reason we started the game slow, and I’ve got to do a better job of figuring that out.”Larkin iced it with a late empty net goal.
“The puck has been bouncing like crazy during these first two games, so I was just trying to throw it in front of the net and try to hit [Anthony Mantha], but it went in off their guys,” Larkin said.
Petr Mrazek made 17 saves in the Canes loss.
Carolina’s Jordan Staal was ruled unfit to play on the COVID-19 protocol list.
“That’s what it looks like when he’s out of the lineup,” Brind’Amour said. “It’s a huge loss.”