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DETROIT -- Goaltender Cam Ward made 28 saves and the Carolina Hurricanes held on for a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night.

It was the Hurricanes franchise's first win in Detroit since Nov. 14, 1989, when they were the Hartford Whalers. Carolina had been eliminated from playoff contention and the Red Wings had already clinched their 23rd consecutive playoff appearance.

Center Elias Lindholm and left winger Jiri Tlusty scored for Carolina (35-35-11).

Center Riley Sheahan had the goal for Detroit (38-28-15) in its final home game of the regular season. Goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped 17 shots.

It was the next-to-last regular-season game for both teams.

Ward made an outstanding skate save on left winger Justin Abdelkader's one-timer from the bottom of the right circle with 9:32 left after Abdelkader took a pass from center Pavel Datsyuk on a two-on-one rush.

Sheahan's power-play goal 3:43 into the third period put the Red Wings on the board and made it 2-1. He sent in his own rebound on the second try off a goal-mouth scramble for Sheahan's eighth goal of the season.

Detroit defenseman Jakub Kindl knocked the puck out of the air and out of the crease area as it was about to go in the net behind Howard midway through the second period.

Ward used as poke check to foil Detroit right winger Thomas Jurco on a breakaway 2:14 into the second period.

Carolina led 2-0 after the first period.

Linholm opened the scoring with a power-play goal 8:15 into the game. He beat Howard with a forehand from below the bottom of the left circle after taking a pass with his back to the goalie alongside the net and turning around. It was Linholm's ninth goal of the season.

Tlusty made it 2-0 with his 16th goal of the season with 1:36 left in the opening period when he put in a rebound.

NOTES: Detroit G Jonas Gustavsson was not in uniform on Friday night because of a sore shoulder. Petr Mrazek was called up from the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins to back up Howard. ... Carolina LW Nathan Gerbe, who returned after missing a game with an upper-body injury, is from the Detroit-area suburb of Oxford. ... Red Wings C and captain Henrik Zetterberg, who underwent back surgery in February, is not expected to return until the second round of the playoffs, if Detroit makes it that far. ... Hurricanes assistant coach Dave Lewis is a former head coach, assistant coach and player with Detroit. ... Carolina goaltending coach Greg Stefan played with the Red Wings for his entire NHL career from 1981-82 to 1989-90.

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