NHL Game Summary - Carolina at New Jersey
(Friday, February 3rd)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Carolina 0
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur made 28 saves to record his fifth shutout of the season and the New Jersey Devils defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-0, in a special night at Continental Airlines Arena.
Before the contest, New Jersey honored former captain Scott Stevens by retiring his number. Stevens, who wore No. 4, became the first player in Devils' history to have his number retired by the franchise.
Stevens helped lead the Devils to three Stanley Cup championships (1995, 2000, 2003) and is currently the NHL's all-time leader in games played among defenseman.
Brian Gionta scored a goal, his 30th of the season, and added an assist for New Jersey, which won for the seventh consecutive time at home. Patrik Elias and Zach Parise also scored in the win.
"Maybe it was those highlight films before (the game) that kind of sparked him," said Gionta of Brodeur's play.
Brodeur kept Carolina out of the net on five power-play opportunities to record his 80th career regular season shutout and lead New Jersey to its second straight win overall.
The star netminder now has 100 career shutouts including the post season and will almost certainly join Stevens in the rafters after his career is over. Brodeur became just the third goaltender in NHL history to reach 100 overall shutouts, joining Terry Sawchuk (115) and George Hainsworth (102).
"It's kind of nice to have (a shutout) on (Stevens') night," said Brodeur. "We played a tough opponent. It was a playoff atmosphere out there. It's a great day for Scott and it became a great day for us at the same time."
Cam Ward allowed three goals on 21 shots faced as the Hurricanes saw their five-game win streak come to an end.
"The first goal is very important and it was a big one and we were kind of chasing their tail after that," said Carolina center Doug Weight. "We had our chances to get on the board early."
After a scoreless first period, the Devils scored two quick goals to open up the second frame.
Elias' fifth goal of the season accounted for New Jersey's first tally after the center took a feed in the slot from Gionta before lighting the lamp just 2:18 into the frame.
The Devils then took a 2-0 lead just over four minutes later on Parise's eighth goal of the season.
Parise carried the puck up the ice in transition and sent a pass to Grant Marshall, who then skated the disc around the Hurricane's net. Ward fell to the ice while trying to get back into the crease and Marshall threw the puck towards the net. It hit a body and stayed out of the net, but Parise was there to backhand home the rebound at the 6:39 mark.
Gionta's goal 8:07 into the third capped the scoring. The forward carried up the ice along the right wall before sending a pass into the slot that hit off a Carolina defenseman's stick and in.
New Jersey failed to score on four power-play chances...Scott Gomez finished with a pair of assists for the Devils and now has 30 on the season...New Jersey's last shutout was on January 24 at the New York Islanders. The Devils last home shutout was on January 13 against Vancouver...The Hurricanes also had a three-game road winning streak ended...Ray Whitney and Rod Brind'Amour each had a seven-game points streak come to an end for Carolina.
02/03 23:59:02 ET