Andreas Lilja's second-period goal broke a tie and Detroit beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Sunday.
Valtteri Filppula, Johan Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk, and Tomas Holmstrom also scored in the NHL-leading Red Wings' sixth straight victory. Jiri Hudler had three assists and Dominik Hasek made 15 saves.
Erik Cole scored both of Carolina's goals and Cam Ward stopped 33 shots.
Lilja, a defensive-minded defenseman, beat Ward with a slap shot from the left point with 7:20 left in the second period to break a 2-2 tie. It was only Lilja's second goal of the season and fourth in two-plus seasons with Detroit.