Carolina won 4-1 (Game 4 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

3:00 PM ET, May 13, 2006

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey

1 2 3 T
CAR 0 1 01
NJ 3 2 05

S. Gomez (Devils - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

J. Madden (Devils - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

J. Pandolfo (Devils - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Carolina at New Jersey 3:00 pm EDT

Carolina at New Jersey 3:00 pm EDT Eastern Conference semifinals Hurricanes lead, 3-0

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) - One week ago, the New Jersey Devils were the hottest team in the NHL. Now it's the Carolina Hurricanes.

The surging Hurricanes can complete a stunning sweep of the Devils and secure a spot in the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday when the teams meet in Game Four of their semifinal series.

After losing the first two games of its quarterfinal series with Montreal, second-seeded Carolina inserted rookie Cam Ward between the pipes and since has won its last seven games, including all three of its series with third-seeded New Jersey.

The last two victories have come by the score of 3-2, capped by Wednesday's win in Game Three sparked by power-play goals by Matt Cullen and Rod Brind'Amour.

Justin Williams also tallied and Ward made 28 saves for the Hurricanes, who are one win away from their first East finals since 2002, when they beat Toronto in six games before falling to Detroit in the Stanley Cup finals.

Meanwhile, the Devils had won 15 straight games prior to this series and appeared poised for a serious run at a fourth Stanley Cup since 1995. But their downfall has been penalty killing, as the Hurricanes are 8-of-19 with the man advantage in the series.

New Jersey never has been swept in any of its previous 33 playoff series.

If necessary, the Hurricanes will host Game Five on Sunday.