NHL Game Summary - Carolina at New Jersey|
(Saturday, February 9th)
Final Score: New Jersey 6, Carolina 1
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Paul Martin scored a pair of goals and Martin
Brodeur ended with 22 saves as the New Jersey Devils stormed past the Carolina
Hurricanes, 6-1, at the Prudential Center.
Jay Pandolfo had a goal and an assist for the Devils, who snapped a two-game
skid. Colin White, David Oduya and Dainius Zubrus also tallied, while Dave
Clarkson, Jamie Langenbrunner and Patrick Elias each added a pair of assists.
"I thought tonight was as good a game as we've played all year, and not at all
because we scored six goals," said Devils head coach Brent Sutter. "It was the
way we played the game. We played 60 minutes. Our emotion and intensity levels
for the game were very high."
Keith Aucoin had the lone tally for Carolina, which has lost three of its last
four games. Cam Ward stopped just 14-of-20 shots before he was pulled in favor
of John Grahame, who stopped all six shots faced.
The Devils jumped on top just 3:08 into the contest, as White ripped a shot
from just inside the blue line that found its way through traffic and into the
back of the cage.
Martin quickly made it 2-0 on the power play, as his shot was deflected past
Ward and rang off the inside of the near post at 5:53.
The 'Canes fought back and cut it to 2-1, as a diving Aucoin knocked home
Scott Walker's pass from the end boards at 10:35, but New Jersey restored its
two-goal edge late on a breakaway tally by Oduya with 4:13 left.
"I went back at the last second of the power play," Oduya said. "I wanted to
get the puck up ice, and I saw an opening. The (defense) was kind of wide and
probably expected a dump...I tried to take it to the net, got a shot off, and
it sneaked under the goalie pads."
Zubrus' goal off a deflection in front gave the Devils a 4-1 lead with 2:02
remaining in the first. That marker also came on the man-advantage.
"We were scrambling from the start," Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said.
"We lost the first 20 minutes. All of them."
New Jersey continued the rout in the second when Martin's wrist shot bounced
through the five hole of Ward and ended up in the back of the net at 1:29.
A perfectly executed 2-on-1 later resulted in New Jersey's sixth goal, as
Pandolfo rammed home John Madden's cross-crease feed at 14:41.
There was no scoring in the third period, as the team's combined for just 12
shots in the final 20 minutes.
It was Martin's first career two-goal game...New Jersey has won seven of eight
and nine of the last 12 meetings...Carolina has scored just four total goals
in its last four games...Brodeur has started 15 consecutive games and 25 of
26. The 35-year-old netminder, second all-time with 523 wins, is 30-12-0 with
five ties in 47 career starts against the Hurricanes...The Devils are 20-7-1
this season when scoring first...New Jersey was 2-for-5 on the power play,
while Carolina finished 0-for-3...The last time the Devils had three straight
goals scored by defensemen was December 31, 1991 against Pittsburgh.
02/09 23:58:21 ET