Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Tomas Tatar scored twice and Petr Mrazek came up with 34 saves as Detroit claimed a 3-1 victory over Carolina on Sunday.
Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and two assists for the Red Wings, who have won three in a row and seven of their last eight.
Jay McClement provided the sole offense for the Hurricanes, while Cam Ward stopped only 19 pucks in defeat.
"It's nice to get it out of the way," McClement said of his first goal of the season.
The Wings essentially wrapped up the game in the latter stages of the opening period, when Datsyuk and Tatar lit the lamp in a span of exactly two minutes.
First, it was the veteran Russian, who was left alone on the right wing to take Jonathan Ericsson's cross-ice feed and beat Ward from the right circle through traffic at 16:36.
Then, the young Slovakian had his turn at 18:36 taking Datsyuk's tap feed on the left wing and scoring to the far side with a quick wrister.
"Every goaltender loves when the defensemen have the rebounds," said Mrazek. "I gave up a couple rebounds at the end of the first period and guys cleared everything out."
Tatar made it 3-0 at 12:14 of the second period, finishing off a give-and-go with Datsyuk with a successful shot from the slot.
Carolina's lone salvo came with 2:49 remaining in the second, when McClement redirected an offering by Tim Gleason.
Mrazek maintained Detroit's winning margin with 12 saves in the third period.
Datsyuk posted his eighth multi-point effort and second three-point performance of the year. He struck for two goals and one assist on Oct. 31 in a 5-2 home win over the Kings ... Detroit has won seven of its last nine meetings with Carolina since December of 2007 ... Prior to the game, the Hurricanes recalled forward Chris Terry from Charlotte of the American Hockey League.