NHL Game Summary - Carolina at New Jersey
(Tuesday, November 7th)
Final Score: New Jersey 3, Carolina 2 (SO)
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - John Madden's goal in the sixth round of the shootout sent the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at Continental Airlines Arena.
Following a save by Devils netminder Martin Brodeur on Carolina's Scott Walker, Madden cruised in on Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward and put a wrister through an open space between Ward's arm and body to end the game.
"Luck," said Madden when asked what it takes to score in a shootout. "Going fourth or fifth or sixth in the shooting order is a little easier, and you get to watch what the goalie is doing."
The first step in the Devils' comeback came on a goal with exactly one minute left in regulation as Jim Dowd banged in the rebound of an errant Paul Martin shot from the left side. That finished 20 seconds of pressure in the Carolina zone, circling around Ward.
In a frantic extra session, neither team was able to put home the winner. Carolina kept the puck in the Devils' zone for nearly 1 1/2 minutes, but was unable to score in spite of five quality point-blank chances on Brodeur. New Jersey turned around in the final 20 seconds and fired two quick shots on Ward, who had to contort his body to stop each one.
Travis Zajac also tallied in regulation, and four others recorded one point on the night. Brodeur picked up the win, making 26 saves for the Devils, winners in four of their last five games.
Eric Staal and Rod Brind'Amour lit the lamp and Ray Whitney picked up his team co-leading 15th assist. Ward absorbed the loss in a solid effort, stopping 18-of-20 shots for Carolina, which has dropped two of its last three.
"I think tonight is one of those games where I don't think we got what we deserved," said Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette. "I think we played better than that."
The contest's tempo increased dramatically in the late going after a lackluster start.
New Jersey broke a scoreless deadlock at 7:50 of the second when Zajac followed a bouncing puck and bunted a rebound chance under a fallen Ward on the power play.
Carolina answered at 9:39 on a 5-on-3 man advantage, as Staal took a drop pass from Whitney in the slot and buried a screaming slapper through Brodeur's pads.
The 'Canes went ahead on a fluke play with 4:15 left in the third, as a Brind'Amour centering feed from the goal line deflected off Devils defenseman Brian Rafalski and trickled by a crossed-up Brodeur. From that point on, the Devils turned up the heat on Carolina in an effort to get the equalizer.
New Jersey has won four straight over Carolina dating back to last season...Devils forward Brian Gionta has gone scoreless in five consecutive games...Both teams combined for just 41 shots in the first 60 minutes, then for seven total in the five-minute overtime...The Hurricanes were 1-of-5 and the Devils 1-of-6 on the power play.
11/07 23:44:18 ET