Raymond scores OT winner to secure 4-3 win over Carolina Hurricanes

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In one of the better wins of the season, the Detroit Red Wings took down the number one team in the Metropolitan, the Carolina Hurricanes, in overtime. Rookie forward Lucas Raymond scored the game winner.

First Period

The first period was a pretty competitive affair. The Red Wings outshot the Hurricanes 11-8, racking up the shots on goal with a couple of power play opportunities. However, Anti Raanta gloved or knocked away every shot, keeping Detroit off the board.

Carolina went to the locker room with a 1-0 lead, taking advantage of a penalty just over halfway through the period. Dylan Larkin was whistled for a trip, and Sebastian Aho cashed in for the Hurricanes.

Second Period

The second period played out very similarly to the first (although there was just one power play in the second). The two teams were pretty evenly matched, but Red Wings outshot the Hurricanes slightly. Carter Rowney finally found the back of the net for Detroit, knocking in a greasy goal directly in front of Raanta. The second period ended with a 1-1 tie, with the goalies guarding the crease valiantly.

Third Period

The offense finally took off in the third period. Michael Rasmussen scored just a few minutes into the period, showing off his-sneaky good shot with a snipe past Raanta.

Just a few minutes later, Jesper Fast knotted things up again for the Hurricanes. After the tying goal, the two teams went silent, reverting back to the choppy offense found throughout the first two period.

With just under four minutes left in the game, Jordan Staal stole the lead for the Hurricanes, banging in a rebound at the front of the net. With time ticking, things looked hopeless for the Red Wings – the better team seemed to have snuck away with a hard fought win.

However, just 38 seconds later, Larkin picked the pocket of a Carolina defender and flipped the puck past Raanta, tying up the game. Destined for overtime, neither team scored in the final few minutes.

Overtime

The game’s overtime was fittingly close. The two teams traded attempts, from a Robby Fabbri breakaway to a near goal from Tyler Bertuzzi.

Just over three minutes into extra time, the Hurricanes gave the Red Wings a golden opportunity to win with a penalty. For a bit, it seemed as though Detroit would not be able to capitalize on the man advantage. But with just eight seconds left, a scrum at the front of the net gave Lucas Raymond a loose puck near the net. The rookie wristed in the game winning goal, scoring his 16 goal of the season.

The Red Wings are back at it Friday night, traveling to Tampa Bay to face off against the Lightning.

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