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Canes allow two goals in third period and lose to Devils

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The Carolina Hurricanes got two goals from team captain Eric Staal, but the New Jersey Devils scored twice in the third period to defeat the Canes, 3-2 at the Prudential Center on Tuesday night.

The game winning goal was scored with just 3:05 left in the game as it deflected past Cam Ward off of a skate.

After a scoreless first period, Staal would put his team up 2:51 into the second.  After the home team tied it, Staal scored another goal, his seventh of the season to make it, 2-1.

The Hurricanes entered the third period ahead and have usually been able to close out teams in this position.  They had a 10-1-1 record while leading going into the third.

But the Devils crashed the net hard and made life tough for Carolina's goalie, who allowed those two third period goals on just four shots.

The Canes will return home and will next take on the Caps on Thursday night.

Carolina outshot the Devils 28-24 for the game and while they played well, Jersey did what they needed to do to win this game.

Game Notes:

  • Once again Justin Faulk had a game high 25:53 of ice time.  The defenseman also had a team high three blocked shots.
  • Andrej Nestrasil had a team best four shots on goal.
  • According to the scoresheet, the team was outhit 23-8 for the game.
  • The Canes won 61% of their faceoffs.
  • Event Summary