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Parise's third period goal pushes Devils past Canes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Martin Brodeur kept stopping the defending
Stanley Cup champions and kept the New Jersey Devils in the hunt
for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Brodeur stopped 38 shots, and Erik Rasmussen and Zach Parise
scored third-period goals in New Jersey's 3-2 victory over the
Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

"We kept things simple," Brodeur said. "We're fortunate that
we're not fighting for our lives right now. Right now, we just have
to play solid and keep our game together."

Scott Gomez had a goal and an assist, and Jamie Langenbrunner
added two assists for the Devils, who have won three of four and
remained two points behind Buffalo in the race for first in the
East.

Brodeur made 22 saves in the third period and beat the
Hurricanes for the third time this season.

"Marty was outstanding obviously," Devils coach Claude Julien
said. "We had to have a lot of guys step up for us to make that
happen, and Marty was definitely one of those guys."

David Tanabe and Andrew Ladd scored for the Hurricanes, who have
lost two of three and are tied with the New York Islanders for
seventh in the East. John Grahame, making his second straight start
after No. 1 goalie Cam Ward cut his leg Sunday against the New York
Rangers, made 22 saves.

"I liked the way we came out," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette
said. "We had good steam, and in the end, we just couldn't beat
their goaltender."

Rasmussen put New Jersey ahead to stay 40 seconds into the
third, tapping the rebound of Gomez's hard shot past Grahame to
make it 2-1.

"When you go into the third period tied 1-1, that next goal is
so crucial," Tanabe said. "When they got that, it was tough to
battle back."

Parise scored midway through the period when he took a centering
pass from Travis Zajac and beat Grahame stick-side for his 28th
goal.

"The last goal was unfortunate, I think," Laviolette said.
"It kind of took the wind out of our sails, but in the end, it
kind of got us going as well."

Ladd made it 3-2 about 3 minutes later when he redirected Tim
Gleason's long slap shot into the net. Grahame was pulled for an
extra skater with about 90 seconds left, but Carolina couldn't
generate any more offense against Brodeur.

The Devils took a 1-0 lead almost from the drop of the puck.
Gomez scored 39 seconds in on the first shot of the game. He took a
pass from Langenbrunner and scored with a wrist shot from just
inside the right circle.

The Hurricanes controlled the rest of the opening period, with
Tanabe tying it midway through the frame with his second goal of
the season.

Game notes
Brodeur entered having allowed a total of two goals in two
victories over Carolina this season. ... The Devils improved to 3-0
in the season series. ... The teams meet again Saturday in New
Jersey. ... Carolina D Bret Hedican (lower body injury) was
scratched and is out indefinitely. ... Carolina captain Rod
Brind'Amour's scoring streak ended at four games.