Carolina won 4-1 (Game 1 of 5)

Carolina won 4-1

Game 1: Saturday, May 6th
Game 2: Monday, May 8th
Game 3: Wednesday, May 10th
Game 4: Saturday, May 13th
Game 5: Sunday, May 14th

2:00 PM ET, May 6, 2006

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
NJ 0 0 00
CAR 1 3 26

R. Whitney (Hurricanes - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

C. Ward (Hurricanes - G): Saves: 21, Save Pct.: 1.000

E. Staal (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

New Jersey at Carolina 2:00 pm EDT

New Jersey at Carolina 2:00 pm EDT Eastern Conference semifinals Game One

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) - Twice in the previous 11 years, a playoff sweep by the New Jersey Devils resulted in a Stanley Cup championship.

The third-seeded Devils hope that trend can continue this year as they go for their 16th consecutive victory Saturday in Game One of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Carolina Hurricanes.

New Jersey swept Detroit in the 1995 Finals and took four straight from Florida in the conference quarterfinals five years later. After winning their final 11 regular-season games, the Devils limited the New York Rangers four goals in an opening-round sweep.

The victory was especially sweet for veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur, who had lost all three previous series against the Rangers. A winner of 43 regular-season contests, he can move into third place in career playoff wins with his 89th, snapping a tie with Hall of Famer Billy Smith.

While New Jersey advanced with ease, second-seeded Carolina had a more difficult time ousting the pesky Montreal Canadiens in six games, winning the final four contests, including three on the road.

Cory Stillman scored the series-clinching goal in overtime and Mark Recchi added his first of the series for the Hurricanes in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Canadiens.

Rookie netminder Cam Ward, who grew up idolizing Brodeur, replaced Martin Gerber and led Carolina to the four victories after two home defeats. He yielded eight goals on 133 shots against Montreal.

The teams split their four regular-season encounters. Game Two of the series will be played Monday.