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Hurricanes hold off Devils

Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Dwyer's short-handed tally late in the second capped Carolina's three-goal frame and proved to be the difference on Wednesday, as the Hurricanes held off the New Jersey Devils, 4-3, in the opener of a home-and-home set at Prudential Center.

Tuomo Ruutu and Ron Hainsey also lit the lamp in the second, while Justin Faulk opened the scoring in the first with his first of the season for the Hurricanes, who have won two straight on the heels of a four-game slide.

Cam Ward backstopped the victory with 19 saves.

"Despite the low shots, I felt like I was active," Ward said. "It seemed like they had a good cycle game in the offensive zone but our team's defense did a great job of keeping everything out to the perimeter."

Travis Zajac, Andy Greene and Jaromir Jagr each scored once for the Devils, who have dropped their last three games.

"I don't think we have to change much, we just have to put the puck on the net somehow," Jagr said.

Martin Brodeur allowed all four goals on 22 shots in defeat.

With the Devils trailing 2-0 early in the second, Zajac rifled a wrister from the left circle that snuck through Ward's five-hole to make it a one-goal margin at 4:21.

Hainsey answered just under four minutes later when his left-point blast tipped off a New Jersey stick and sailed past the far side of Brodeur for a 3-1 edge at 8:16.

Hainsey went off for hooking at 14:58 to provide the Devils with a power play, but Dwyer intercepted Eric Gelinas' dump-in near the left point and chipped the puck off the boards to himself.

After recovering the disc, Dwyer charged down the right wing and sliced through the circle before sliding the puck through Brodeur's five-hole to make it 4-1 with 4:17 left in the second.

Greene got the Devils within two 8:30 into the third when his heavy slapper from the high slot beat Ward low to the glove side.

With the deficit still at two and under three minutes left, Brodeur left the net and the Devils capitalized on the advantage at 18:13 when Jagr swatted home a rebound from the low right side.

However, New Jersey would get no closer, as Ward stood tall between the pipes down the stretch to keep Carolina in front.

Early on, Faulk found the back of the net 6:44 in when his shot from the right point slipped through a screen and skipped past Brodeur's short side.

Ruutu registered his third of the season 1:50 into the second to extend the margin. Eric Staal made a slick dish from below the goal line to the slot for a cutting Ruutu, who one-timed the disc past Brodeur for a 2-0 lead.

Game Notes

These teams will meet again Friday in Raleigh ... Carolina improved to 4-6-1 on the road this season ... New Jersey dropped to 4-4-2 at home this season ... Jagr registered his 691st goal to break a tie with former Penguins teammate and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux for ninth place on the NHL's all-time goal list.

11/27 23:18:45 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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