RALEIGH — The Hurricanes didn't make it easy on themselves in a 3-1 loss to the Red Wings, committing six penalties — four of which came in the second period.
The Red Wings' first two goals both came during power plays.
"We came out with a better stride in the second period and started to generate a little more chances, but then you have guys sitting for six minutes," said Carolina coach Peter Laviolette. "You're out of the role of the bench and out of the synch of the bench.
"It just took away from it. We've been taking lazy penalties for the first three games. These hooking and holding penalties have to stop because they're going to kill us."
The Red Wings went ahead 2-1 during Sergie Samsonov's slashing penalty early in the second period.
And seconds after the Canes killed Ray Whitney's two-minute slashing penalty, Tim Gleason was put in the box for four minutes on cross checking and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
Still, Canes goalie Cam Ward came up with some big saves during that stretch.
"The penalty kill needs to be better," said Laviolette. "You're picking a bright spot. We didn't execute very well in the first couple, and they end up scoring. That one went well. Again, too many penalties, too many times in the box.
"We should've taken another step or had a bit more discipline or gone quietly to the box. These things wear down on your team a bit."