At the end of the night Tuesday, after the Detroit Red Wings had punched out 19 shots in the last period without once finding the back of the net, coach Mike Babcock was moved to make a cheesy jest.
"That Swiss kid," Babcock said, "he's got no holes in him."
Heaven knows the Wings tried their best to find any opening at all. But spotting a really good team three goals rarely leads to a happy ending, and the Wings had to leave the RBC Center smarting from a 3-2 loss, their second straight.
"Not a great start, obviously, but then beyond that, a lot of good things," Brendan Shanahan said. "We were almost able to do what Dallas did to us the other day, erase a 3-0 deficit. It's unfortunate. Their goalie was really the difference in the final 50 minutes, especially the last period, and the last two and a half minutes, he was outstanding," he said.
"I don't know what else you can do. We just threw so much at him, from a lot of different gifted people. You've got to tip your hat to a performance like that. It's one thing to get hit with pucks; he was actually making some pretty great saves in there."
The only Wings who beat Gerber were Henrik Zetterberg, on a power play, and Steve Yzerman. Zetterberg's 20th goal of the season gave him 44 points, tying the career high he set in 2002-2003 in 79 games.
The outcome improved the Hurricanes to 16-0-0 when leading after two periods, and dropped the Wings to 1-7-1 when trailing after two.
In other NHL action: San Jose 6, Boston 2; Chicago 4, Washington 3, OT; NY Rangers 4, Calgary 2; Edmonton 3, Penguins 1; Washington 7, Phoenix 2; Nashville 2, NY Islanders; Vancouver 4, Toronto 3.