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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Carolina



(Friday, October 6th)

Final Score: New Jersey 4, Carolina 0

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Martin Brodeur stopped all 29 shots he faced to record his 81st shutout, as the New Jersey Devils bested the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-0, at the RBC Center.

With the win Brodeur tied Terry Sawchuk (447) for third on the all-time wins list. He is the youngest ever to accomplish the feat, and did it in the fewest number of games, surpassing Patrick Roy.

Zach Parise scored a pair of goals while Jamie Langenbrunner and Patrik Elias also tallied goals for the Devils, who won their first game under new head coach Claude Julien. Brian Gionta, who was signed to a contract on Tuesday, contributed three assists.

"It was a great way to start out, I thought our team played a smart game tonight," said Julien. "(Carolina) is a pretty good hockey club and we certainly made some smart decisions we stayed away from high risk plays and played well in our own end. Marty made some big saves again when we needed them and special teams were good so it was a good start for us."

Carolina knocked New Jersey out of the playoffs last season, winning the Eastern Conference Semifinal series 4-1, on its way to the Stanley Cup championship.

Cam Ward made 26 saves for the Hurricanes, who have lost their first two games of the season.

"I think I put just about every possible combination out there and nothing seemed to give us a spark offensively," said Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette. "I'm still unsettled with the lines and trying to find something that's got some pop to it offensively."

The Devils jumped out to an early just 26 seconds into the game, as Colin White ripped a slap shot from the blue line that Parise redirected past Ward gloveside.

New Jersey doubled its lead in the first at the 8:30 mark. Brad Lukowich fed the puck to Brian Rafalski, who picked the puck up off the wall and put a shot on net. Langenbrunner, who was between the circles, got his stick on the puck and directed through Ward's pads for a 2-0 margin.

The Devils increased their lead to 3-0 with a power play goal with 2:28 to play in the opening period. With Carolina on the power play, Mike Commodore was called for a tripping penalty and less than 30 seconds later Niclas Wallin went to the box for a goalie interference infraction, setting up a 4- on-3 advantage. From the right circle Scott Gomez put the puck in front of the net for Elias, who redirected the puck high on Ward's gloveside.

Parise recorded his second goal of the night with nearly 14 minutes on the clock in the second period, extending New Jersey's margin to 4-0. Gionta gathered the puck off the right wall and dropped a pass to Gomez. The forward shot the puck towards the net and Parise was there to tip it in.

Game Notes

Carolina plays at Washington, while New Jersey travels to Dallas for contests on Saturday...Laviolette was on the bench for his 300th game...The Hurricanes were shut out three times, including once by the Devils, in 2005...Parise has a pair of two-goal games in his career...White left the game in the second after taking a shot of his leg but returned in the third period...The Devils named Elias as their seventh captain in team history on Thursday...New Jersey is 18-7-7 in season openers...Carolina was 0-for-5 on the power play while the Devils were 1-of-5 with the man advantage.

10/07 01:48:36 ET


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