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NHL Game Summary - Carolina at New Jersey



(Wednesday, January 21st)

Final Score: Carolina 2, New Jersey 1

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Jeff O'Neill's late second-period goal proved to be the difference, as the Carolina Hurricanes pulled out a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at the Meadowlands.

Josef Vasicek also scored and Kevin Weekes made 20 saves for the Hurricanes, who snapped a two-game losing streak and won for just the second time in their last seven (2-4-1).

"The score aside, we made an effort to compete," said Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette. "We're a pretty good hockey team when we do that. When we don't, it usually goes the other way."

Jeff Friesen scored the lone goal for the Devils, who had a two-game winning streak halted. Martin Brodeur, who got the night off in New Jersey's 3-0 win at Pittsburgh on Tuesday, finished with 21 saves in defeat.

O'Neill gave Carolina a 2-1 lead with 1:55 left in the second period, scoring his 10th goal of the season. Eric Staal and Pavel Brendl worked the puck off the boards near the right corner and Brendl sent a pass to the right circle for O'Neill, who beat Brodeur with a low shot.

Weekes made it stand up with six saves in a scoreless third period.

Brodeur was also brilliant in the third with eight saves, many of the spectacular variety, to keep New Jersey close.

"We don't give him much offensive support," Devils head coach Pat Burns said of Brodeur. "I don't think you could fault him for any of the goals tonight. One was a bad rush, a bad read, and the other was point-blank."

After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for two goals in 21 seconds in the second.

Vasicek put Carolina on the board first at the 12:26 mark with his 13th goal of the season. Justin Williams, in his first game with the Hurricanes after a trade from Philadelphia on Tuesday, led a rush into the New Jersey zone along the right wing and dropped a pass for Ron Francis. The veteran sent a feed across to the left circle for Vasicek, who snapped a shot into the empty side of the cage.

The Devils answered on the next shift. Sergei Brylin raced into the Carolina zone along the right wing and sent a pass into the slot for Friesen, who redirected a shot past Weekes for his 10th goal.

Game Notes

O'Neill has five goals in his last four games...Williams was acquired from the Flyers in exchange for defenseman Danny Markov...New Jersey fell to 3-3-1 without All-Star defenseman Scott Stevens, who remains sidelined with post- concussion syndrome...The Devils had won the first meeting against Carolina this season, 2-1, on October 11 in Raleigh, and had captured the previous three matchups...The road team is 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings.

01/21 23:04:41 ET


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