NHL Game Summary - Carolina at New Jersey
(Wednesday, December 9th)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Carolina 2
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Andy Greene had a pair of goals, as the New Jersey Devils kept rolling with a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center.
Patrik Elias and Rob Niedermayer also scored, while Zach Parise had two assists for the Devils, who have won four in a row and seven of eight overall. Their current run, which has them at the top of the Atlantic Division, comes after a three-game slide.
Martin Brodeur was coming off a 22-save shutout of Buffalo on Monday, which pulled him even with Terry Sawchuk for the NHL's career shutout record. He allowed two goals Wednesday in his bid to pass the Hall-of-Famer, but stopped 21 in the victory.
"We definitely made it harder than it should have been," Brodeur said. "But I thought we showed a lot of character, when they scored the second goal, to really shut them down. After that, they didn't get many chances to score."
Carolina goaltender Cam Ward, who was activated from the long-term injured list Tuesday, played in his first game since November 7 and allowed three goals on 30 shots.
"I felt a little bit uncomfortable at times in the first period," said Ward, who missed 13 games. "But as the game went along I thought I settled down and played better in the second and third. By the end of the game I felt like my normal self."
Brandon Sutter and Tuomo Ruutu had the goals for the Hurricanes, whose two- game win streak was snapped.
Elias got the Devils on the board 11:11 into the first period, when he and Niclas Bergfors rushed into the Carolina zone. Bergfors fed a pass to Elias on the right side, and Elias' centering pass deflected off the skate of Carolina defenseman Aaron Ward into the net.
Nearly two minutes later, Bryce Salvador left the contest with an apparent right knee injury. While skating to the end boards, Hurricanes forward Erik Cole pushed Salvador from behind, causing his skate's edge to catch the ice and his knee to twist. Salvador crashed into the boards and lay on the ice for a few minutes before heading to the locker room.
Cole was called for boarding, and while the Devils didn't capitalize on the power-play, they took a 2-0 lead with 2:07 left in the frame on Greene's shot from the high slot.
Greene scored again 6:05 into the second period while on the power-play. Parise took a shot from the right side that Cam Ward saved, and after the puck caromed to the left side, Greene stuffed it in the open net for a 3-0 advantage.
Brodeur's shutout bid ended only 43 seconds later, while Sutter's shot hit off Devils defenseman Mark Fraser, changing its path to the net. Brodeur didn't appear to see the puck until it was too late, as it sneaked in on the right side.
Two minutes later, Ruutu's power-play goal got the Hurricanes within one.
The teams played a frantic third period, but Ward and Brodeur each made seven saves. Carolina got a power play with 12.9 seconds left but didn't get any clear scoring chances. After a Ray Whitney blast was blocked, Niedermayer got the puck and scored on the empty net to seal the win with 0.9 seconds to go.
The Devils were 1-for-5 on the power play, while Carolina was 1-for-4...Joni Pitkanen had two assists for the Hurricanes...Carolina plays Friday at Washington...The Devils host Florida on Friday.
12/09 23:57:20 ET