NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Carolina
(Saturday, March 6th)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Carolina 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - John Madden had a goal and an assist as the New Jersey Devils got back on the winning track with a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center.
Jamie Langenbrunner, Patrik Elias and Brian Rafalski also scored for the Devils, who won for just the second time in six games (2-3-0-1).
Martin Brodeur did his part with 25 saves as New Jersey rebounded after a disappointing loss at Tampa on Friday night. The Devils gave up the tying goal late in regulation before allowing the game-winner moments later in overtime.
"It was a better 60 minute effort, not that it was a bad effort last night," Devils head coach Pat Burns said. "We scored a minute in, and we went through all the way to the end."
Erik Cole scored the lone goal for the Hurricanes, who failed to build on a dramatic overtime win on Friday. Carolina scored a shorthanded goal with under a second remaining in overtime to post the win over Atlanta in that contest.
Madden opened the scoring for the Devils just minutes into the game. Paul Martin fed a wide open Madden in the slot for the easy goal at 3:18 of the first period, giving New Jersey a quick 1-0 lead.
The Devils continued to pressure and it paid off when they notched their second tally near the midway point of the opening stanza. Rafalski scored on the power play when he skated in from the right point and unleashed a slap shot off the inside of the left post.
In the middle period Carolina appeared to pick up its play, but it was the Devils that again found the back of the net. Elias scored his team-leading 31st goal of the season on a 3-on-2 rush at 8:27 of the second stanza. Scott Gomez found Elias in the high slot for a wicked wrister that ended up just under the crossbar for a 3-0 New Jersey advantage.
The Hurricanes finally got on the board when Cole picked up a loose puck right in front of the Devils net for an easy goal with just seconds to play in the second period.
New Jersey, though, thwarted any comeback attempt when Langenbrunner scored on a breakaway early in the final frame.
"We started slow. We left somebody point-blank open early in the game, and they cashed in," Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette said. "Another one punched in on the power play, and we're down 2-0, swimming upstream. We still had more than enough chances to score goals in the end, but again, we didn't score enough."
Kevin Weekes finished with 16 saves in the contest for Carolina, which has lost five of its last six to New Jersey.
Jan Hrdina, acquired in a trade with Phoenix on Friday, made his debut with the Devils. He played 16:21 and failed to record a shot...Martin finished with two assists...Gomez now has one goal and six assists in his last three games...Carolina's Jeff O'Neill left the contest after two periods of play with an upper body injury...Cole appeared in his 200th career NHL game.
03/06 22:50:33 ET