The Hurricanes were dominating the shots on goal stat but could not dent the scoreboard until 12 minutes into the third period when a Patrick Dwyer chip attempt bounced in the net off Ron Hainsey. The blueliner had crashed the net, something the Carolina coaching staff has been preaching game in and game out, and it paid off for the visitors this night.
The goal broke up a scoreless streak of about 132 minutes for the Hurricanes.
The Devils opened the scoring in the first period when a Stephen Gionta shot got past Khudobin as it glanced off of Michal Jordan. Neither team set the world on fire with shots though as Carolina totaled six and Jersey five for the period.
The Canes got going in the second period and outshot the home team 15-3, but could not solve Cory Schneider.
Their luck finally turned in the third when Hainsey was credited with his first goal of the season.
The Devils cranked up the intensity later in the third but Khudobin was equal to the task and the game went to overtime with the Canes needing to kill off a Jersey powerplay.
Both teams had a few good chances but could not score in the extra period so the skills competition came up next.
Khudobin stopped all three Devils in the shootout, including an outstanding save on Mike Cammalleri as he stacked the pads after the Devil made a sweet move. Jeff Skinner and Nathan Gerbe could not connect but Terry, who was the very last shooter, made a fake of his patented backhand move and put the puck in with the forehand for the only shootout goal and game winner.
Terry now has 4 goals in 6 attempts in the shootout.
After the game, Khudobin was wearing the fireman's helmet as the team's most valuable player. He could have worn it in the last game as well, but the Canes were shutout in New York. The goalie has only allowed two goals in over 50 shots in the past two games.
The Canes get three days off now for the holiday break then will return to action in Tampa Bay on Saturday night.
- The Canes outshot the Devils 33-19. Sekera, Lindholm, and Liles had five shots each.
- Tim Gleason dropped the gloves with Jordin Tootoo in the second period, then left the game later on and did not return. There was no update on his status.
- (edit) Ron Hainsey had a team high 28:00 of ice time. Justin Faulk was next with 26:42.
- Brendan Woods had a good NHL debut and almost scored. The team announced he was being reassigned back to Charlotte after the game.
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