NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Carolina
(Saturday, February 13th)
Final Score: Carolina 5, New Jersey 2
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Ray Whitney had two goals and an assist, as the Carolina Hurricanes won their season-high fifth straight game with a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils in the final game for both teams prior to the Olympic break.
Jussi Jokinen also had two goals and an assist, while Zach Boychuk scored the first goal of his NHL career for the Hurricanes, who have won nine of their last 11 to crawl out of the Eastern Conference basement.
Justin Peters picked up his second win in as many NHL starts by making 23 saves.
"Well he played very well," said Carolina head coach Paul Maurice about Whitney. "He played really well. That line has been so good for us, five-on- five and five-on-four. He's a very competitive player and a very, very smart player. He's in the top three or four guys and the Ron Francis' of the world that see the game from the bench as well as the coach does. He's a very special player."
Zach Parise and Brian Rolston each had a goal for the Devils, who have dropped four of their last five games. Martin Brodeur was roughed up for four goals on 22 shots before being pulled in the third period. Yann Danis finished the game and stopped all eight shots he saw.
"When you look at the whole game, special teams made a difference for them," said New Jersey head coach Jacques Lemaire. "They scored on the power play, they get the lead, they play with more confidence. Carolina was better with the puck than we were."
The Hurricanes got on the board with 3:13 left in the first period as a turnover in the Devils end resulted in several chances on net with Boychuk's shot floating over a prone Brodeur for a 1-0 lead.
A pair of penalties on New Jersey early in the second period gave Carolina a 5-on-3 and the team took full advantage.
The first goal came at the 4:34 mark as Eric Staal fired a pass from the top of the right circle over to the left where a wide open Whitney blasted it in.
Exactly one minute later, the 'Canes made it a 3-0 game. Tim Gleason fired a shot from the left point that hit off the left post. Brodeur couldn't find the puck and Whitney shoved it in before the goaltender was able to cover it up.
Jokinen scored on a one-timer 3:27 into the final stanza for a 4-0 lead.
New Jersey broke the shutout at the 7:26 mark of the third. As Ilya Kovalchuk crashed the net, Parise grabbed the loose puck at the right side and backhanded it home for his 28th marker of the season.
The Devils made it a two-goal game with 2:58 to play on the power play as Rolston's wrister from the right side found the back of the net.
Jokinen's empty-netter a bit later sealed the win for the Hurricanes.
New Jersey had won three straight against Carolina, including the two previous games this season...Jokinen has eight goals and four assists during a nine- game point streak...Kovalchuk played in his 600th game.
02/13 22:14:49 ET