Three In A Row: Devils 3, Hurricanes 2

The New Jersey Devils won their third game in a row and the Carolina Hurricanes lost their third, as the home team prevailed over the Canes, 3-2 Tuesday night at "The Rock". 

The Hurricanes started the game with good jump, certainly better than their last game, but took too many penalties then ended up losing momentum in the second period, before allowing two goals in the deciding third to the victors.  The Devils outshot the Canes in every period and ended the game with a 36-27 advantage.  They also dominated in the faceoff circle and won 68% of the contest's draws.

Brandon Sutter got the scoring started with shorthanded tally, his second shortie of the season and fourth overall, when he beat Martin Brodeur on a 2 on 1 breakaway midway through the first.

The score stayed 1-0 until Dainius Zubrus redirected a shot past Cam Ward to tie things up at 10:56 into the second.

The Devils would take the lead on a shot by Petr Sykora right off a faceoff early in the third, but the Canes tied things back up when Joni Pitkanen's pass in the crease was knocked into the net by rookie Adam Henrique

Henrique would end up getting the last laugh though when his wrap-around attempt with three minutes and change left was tipped by Bryan Allen and somehow got past Ward for the game winner. 

The Canes were not really able to put much pressure on down the stretch and especially had a rough time pulling their goalie in the final minute when they were repeatedly called for icing. 

The team will stay in the New York area for the next couple of days to prepare for their matchup against the Rangers on Friday night.

Game Notes:

  • It was a horrible night in the faceoff circle, in more ways than finishing at 32% for the game.  Brandon Sutter's clean loss in his own end led directly to the Sykora goal.  (Staal 47%, Sutter 28%, Ruutu 23%, Brent 20%)
  • This was a better game than the last two, but mistakes were made and after the first period, the Devils carried play for much of it.  Our internal count for scoring chances was Devils 20, Canes 14.  
  • Chad LaRose had a team high five shots on goal.  Eric Staal and Joni Pitkanen had four each.  
  • Tim Gleason had a team high four hits. 

post game interviews:

 

Paul Maurice 11 8 11

Brandon Sutter 11 8 11

Jay Harrison 11 8 11

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