NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Carolina|
(Thursday, March 15th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Carolina 2
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Scott Gomez had a goal and an assist to lead
the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in the
opener of a home-and-home set at RBC Center.
Erik Rasmussen and Zach Parise each scored a goal for the Devils, who have won
three of their last four contests.
Martin Brodeur was busy in the game as he turned aside 38 shots for New
Jersey, which sits in the second spot in the Eastern Conference, two points
behind Buffalo for the top spot.
"Ultimately he was the difference in the game," said Carolina coach Peter
Laviolette about Brodeur. "You know that when you are going in there, who you
are playing against and what he is capable of. He earned that team a win."
David Tanabe and Andrew Ladd each had a goal for the Hurricanes, who have
dropped two of their last three contests. John Grahame stopped 22 shots in the
Carolina holds a one-point lead over Toronto for the final playoff spot in the
East, but has played two more games than the Maple Leafs.
The teams head back to New Jersey to play a Saturday afternoon game.
The game was knotted at 1-1 to start the third period, but the Devils grabbed
a 2-1 lead just 40 seconds into the frame as Rasmussen backhanded in a rebound
for his third goal of the season.
New Jersey grabbed some insurance less than eight minutes later as Parise
received a pass in the slot, faked a shot to get the goaltender out of
position and slid the disc into the open net for a 3-1 lead.
Carolina got a goal back on the power play when a slap shot by Tim Gleason at
the left point was redirected into the net by Ladd to make it a 3-2 game with
The Hurricanes pulled Grahame with over a minute to play and had several good
chances, but Brodeur turned them all aside to preserve the victory.
"We hung on pretty good in the third, there is no doubt," said New Jersey
coach Claude Julien. "They came at us pretty hard, I think we all know the
reason why, but I thought overall we battled. Our chances were pretty even
throughout the game, and once we took that 3-1 lead, they got a bit of
momentum on that second goal, but our guys hung in there."
The Devils drew first blood in the contest as Gomez beat Grahame with a
wrister from the right circle over the goaltenders glove just 39 seasons into
the contest. Carolina, though, tied the game at the 8:46 mark of the first
when Tanabe knocked in a rebound for just his second goal of the year.
A total of 16 shots were fired on net in the second period, 10 by New Jersey,
but the goaltenders turned aside all shots and the game headed to the third
New Jersey has won all three games against Carolina this season and five
straight overall...Neither team scored on the power play with New Jersey
having three chances and Carolina two...Parise leads the Devils with 28 goals
on the season.
03/15 23:24:31 ET