Martin Brodeur stopped 38 of 40 shots on goal to give the Devils a 3-2 win at Carolina. It was the 21st time in Brodeur's career that he faced at least 40 shots on goal in a regular-season game. Only 12 of those 21 games came in his first 12 NHL seasons (through 2003-04). Thursday's win marked the ninth time that Brodeur faced 40 or more shots in a game in the last two seasons (five times in 2005-06, four in 2006-07).
"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
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
Parise scored midway through the period when he took a centering
pass from Travis Zajac and beat Grahame stick-side for his 28th
"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
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.
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Arena: PNC Arena Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Referees: Kerry Fraser, Mike Hasenfratz Linesmen: David Brisebois, Tim Nowak
Attendance: 18,279 (97.6% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Scott Gomez (11)
Assists: Jamie Langenbrunner, Brian Rafalski
David Tanabe (2)
Assists: Justin Williams, Ray Whitney
No scoring this period
Erik Rasmussen (3)
Assists: Scott Gomez, Jamie Langenbrunner
Zach Parise (28)
Assist: Travis Zajac
Andrew Ladd (9)
Assists: Tim Gleason, Niclas Wallin