Ty Conklin Wins Wing Debut, 3-1 Over Carolina Hurricanes

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IOctober 14, 2008

Just two days after defeating the Ottawa Senators, the Wings went to Carolina, outplaying the Hurricanes for a 3-1 win.

Wings goalie Ty Conklin made the most of his debut with the storied franchise, stopping 27 of 28 shots, giving Detroit their second victory of the season.

Conklin was exceptionally good in the third, stopping all shots while trying to protect a slim one goal lead. He also stopped Hurricanes rookie Brandon Sutter on a breakaway in the second period.

Conklins only blemish on the night was letting a point shot from Joe Corvo through to the back of the net, but he gave many fans confidence in the Wings goaltending depth.

Meanwhile, Cam Ward, Conklins counterpart, played just as well in the Carolina net but his team was out shot 36-28 and he could not stop the Wings from scoring two power play goals, they also added an empty net goal.

The Wings got their goals from power play specialist Tomas Holmstrom and power play  point man Nicklas Lidstrom, who is just 60 points away from 1,000. Henrik Zetterberg got the empty net goal for his first of the season. Hossa also got his first point as a Wing.

These last two games have been good signs for Wings fan after Thursday nights embarrassment against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Wings are starting to play the game with heart again and are once again dominating games.

The Wings next game is not until Thursday against the offensively challenged Vancouver Canucks.

Wings Player of the Game

Ty Conklin. Kept the Wings in the game throughout his debut and gave Wings fans some confidence in the franchise's goalie depth.