Mar 21, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Final: Devils 4, Hurricanes 1: The Hurricanes suffered a loss to the New Jersey Devils 4-1 Thursday evening in Raleigh. They have now fallen behind the Devils in the Eastern Conference standings.
3:05 3rd: Devils 4, Hurricanes 1: The Devils increase their lead in the final minutes of play with a goal from Andrei Loktionov.
8:33 3rd: Devils 3, Hurricanes 1: The Hurricanes are now on the board thanks to a power play goal from Jeff Skinner, assisted by Eric Staal. The Canes trail 3-1 with 8 minutes left to play.
End 2nd: Devils 3, Hurricanes 0: At the second intermission, the Canes find themselves trailing 3-0. Carolina is trailing in shots-on-goal 16-14.
Carolina lost their offensive rhythm in the second period, managing just 3 shots in 20 minutes.
6:22 2nd: Devils 3, Hurricanes 0: Less than a minute later, Dan Ellis gives up another goal. Peter Harrold scores this one for New Jersey, and the Devils are up 3-0.
The Hurricanes are being outshot 11-1 in this period.
7:08 2nd: Devils 2, Hurricanes 0: The Devils pad their lead with a goal from Adam Henrique, assisted by Ilya Kovalchuck. New Jersey now has 2 scores on 12 shots against Dan Ellis in goal.
14:00 2nd: Devils 1, Hurricanes 0: The rest of the first period saw no scoring for either side. Brodeur has had a productive return for New Jersey, now with 12 saves.
The Hurricanes are outshooting the Devils 12-7, but have been unable to capitalize on their looks.
16:06 1st: Devils 1, Hurricanes 0: New Jersey scores first on the unorthodox power play goal, which was technically an own-goal scored by Jordan Staal.
Staal attempted to clear the puck from the opposite end, and it angled off the side to sail into the Hurricane's empty net. The last Devil to touch the puck will get credit for the goal, so goalie Martin Brodeur has a goal for New Jersey.
A couple of playoff-hopeful teams in desperate need of a win will meet Thursday night in Raleigh, as the Carolina Hurricanes welcome the New Jersey Devils for an important Eastern Conference clash at PNC Arena (7 p.m. MSG+2, FSN-CAR, NHLN / 99.9 FM The Fan).
The Devils and Hurricanes enter Thursday locked in a three-way tie for the seventh seed in the East. Carolina and New Jersey have 32 points on the season, as do the New York Rangers, who are hosting the Florida Panthers on Thursday.
After losing a pair of regulation decisions against Carolina this season, the Devils will get one last chance to beat the Hurricanes in this third and final scheduled encounter of the campaign.
Although Carolina has won three of the past four meetings, the Devils still have six victories in the last nine encounters overall. However, New Jersey hasn't fared well recently in the Tar Heel State, losing seven of 10 at PNC Arena.
Both Carolina and Jersey will try to halt losing streaks on Thursday. The Devils enter this contest on a three-game skid (0-2-1) and the 'Canes are 0-3-1 during a season-worst four-game slide.
The Devils hope the return of goaltender Martin Broduer can get them back in the win column. Brodeur has been out since Feb. 21 due to back soreness, but the future Hall of Famer will return to the crease Thursday after missing 13 games. New Jersey went 3-8-2 in Brodeur's absence.
Johan Hedberg started every game while Brodeur was sidelined and he took a 3-2 loss Tuesday against the visiting Rangers. Rick Nash scored the deciding goal 7:25 into the second period to help lift New York to the win.
Travis Zajac and Anton Volchenkov had the goals for New Jersey, with Hedberg stopping 19-of-22 shots in the Devils' third consecutive setback.
Although both Carolina and Jersey lost on Tuesday, the Hurricanes suffered the more disturbing setback of the two, dropping a 4-1 home decision against the league-worst Panthers. Jacob Markstrom made 33 saves and the Panthers scored all of their goals in the third period to earn just their eighth win in 30 games this season.
Dan Ellis' 40 saves went for naught as the Hurricanes went 0-for-3 on the power play. Jordan Staal spoiled Markstrom's shutout bid with 2:33 left in the game, but the damage had already been done.
"They outworked us, that's all it comes down to," said Ellis. "They created havoc and they executed."
Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk suffered a sprained knee ligament in the loss and will be out for the next 2-to-4 weeks. Faulk is leading the Hurricanes in ice time this season and is also second among the club's defensemen with 10 points.
The Hurricanes, who are two points behind the Southeast Division-leading Winnipeg Jets, haven't lost five in a row since an 0-6-1 losing streak from Nov. 23-Dec. 6 of last season.
Carolina is 7-7-0 on home ice this season and the Devils are 4-6-4 as the guest.