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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Carolina



(Saturday, April 5th)

Final Score: New Jersey 3, Carolina 1

Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Dainius Zubrus scored twice and Cory Schneider stopped 26 shots, as the New Jersey Devils extended their point streak to seven games with a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

Travis Zajac netted what proved to be the game-winner 6:34 into the second, while Schneider turned aside all eight shots he faced in the third for the Devils, who improved to 4-0-3 over their last seven tilts to move within one point of the idle Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

With 84 points, New Jersey sits tied with Toronto, which lost to Winnipeg on Saturday, in the race for the final playoff spot in the East.

Jeff Skinner supplied Carolina's lone goal, while Anton Khudobin allowed two goals on 22 shots for the Hurricanes, who had a two-game win streak halted.

"I don't think we had our legs," Skinner admitted. "We couldn't really generate much, but I think that's just sort of ... we just need to work a little harder."

Just after a high-sticking minor against Michael Ryder expired early in the second, Skinner rifled a shot from the right circle that found iron. Play continued and Ryder ripped one off the crossbar at the other end, but the referees got together to review the play at the next stoppage.

Video review clearly showed Skinner's shot hit the back bar in the net, resulting in a good goal that tied the game 4:50 into the middle stanza.

However, the Devils answered just 1:44 later when Marek Zidlicky wristed a shot from the high slot that Zajac redirected in front. The puck hit the post after touching Zajac's stick, but it took a strange carom in the crease before bouncing across the goal line for a 2-1 lead at 6:34.

Carolina failed to capitalize on a power play late in the second and came up empty on another man-advantage midway through the third, as Schneider stood tall to maintain New Jersey's slim edge.

Khudobin left the Carolina cage in favor of the extra attacker following a timeout with 1:51 left, but Zubrus buried an empty-netter with 37.6 ticks left to account for the final margin.

"It was nice for (Zubrus)," Devils head coach Peter DeBoer said of Zubrus scoring twice. "He works hard every night and doesn't get rewarded a lot."

Zubrus opened the scoring late in the first frame when he flipped a backhander past Khudobin following a Carolina turnover in the neutral zone.

Game Notes

Carolina sits six points back of the Blue Jackets for the second wild-card spot with just four games remaining ... The Hurricanes dropped to 18-16-6 at home this season ... Carolina went 0-for-4 on the power play ... New Jersey improved to 14-18-8 on the road this season ... Skinner matched his career high with his 31st goal of the season.

04/05 23:02:10 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 55
DELST 54
 
Final
UNC 93
SYR 83
7:30pm Tonight
BRK 0
POR 0
7:30pm Tonight
NYK 0
SAC 0
Final
OKC 92
MIN 84
 
Final
MEM 103
ORL 94
Final
NOP 99
PHI 74
4th
UTA 66
BOS 71
 
1st
LAC 9
DEN 12
 
Final
AMER 66
ARMY 68
 
Final
OU 59
CLST 56
 
Final
NCCU 55
DELST 54
 
Final
PBY 54
HIGH 63
 
Final
UNC 93
SYR 83
Final
DET 53
WRST 64
 
Final
NCAT 71
COPST 84
 
Final
SCST 65
HAMP 56
 
Final
COOK 42
HOW 45
 
Final
NWST 80
NICST 51
 
Final
NO 87
CARK 67
 
Final
CAMP 78
GWEBB 59
 
Final
FAM 65
MDES 72
 
Final
INCWORD 86
MCNST 84
 
Final
SAV 54
NORST 70
 
Final
ABCHRIST 63
SHSU 80
 
Final
LAM 65
STEPH 82
 
Final
SELA 61
TAMCC 70
 
Final
VALPO 73
UWMIL 48
 
Final
ALAAM 78
ALCOR 66
 
2nd
ALAST 56
SOUTH 53
 
2nd
ARKPB 92
PVU 61
 
2nd
ISU 75
TEX 62
 
1st OT
MVSU 68
TXSOU 69