Three second-period goals lift Hurricanes past Devils
NEWARK, N.J. -- Patrick Dwyer scored short-handed to cap a three-goal burst in the second period, and the
Carolina Hurricanes snapped their six-game road losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the
New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.
Justin Faulk scored his first of the season, and Tuomo Ruutu and Ron Hainsey each had a goal for the Hurricanes, who opened a 4-1 lead and held on behind 19 saves from Cam Ward. Eric Staal's assist extended his season-best points streak to seven games.
Travis Zajac, Andy Greene and Jaromir Jagr scored for the Devils, who lost their third in a row -- all with Martin Brodeur in goal.
New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider told reporters after the team's morning skate that he was "frustrated" Brodeur would start for the third straight game.
"Yes, I'm surprised," Schneider said. "I'm trying to work and do what I can, but I'd like to see the ice a little bit more."
Jagr cut it to 4-3 with 1:47 left in the third period after the Devils went with an extra skater.
Faulk gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead in the first period before Ruutu, Hainsey and Dwyer each netted a goal in the second to make it 4-1. Zajac's goal at 4:21 of the second had cut it to 2-1.
Ruutu made it 2-0 at 1:50 of the second after taking a backhand pass from behind the net from Staal.
Hainsey made it 3-1 with a slap shot that tipped off the stick of Devils center Patrik Elias and past Brodeur at 8:16.
Dwyer's short-handed goal came at 15:43 on the first power play of the game for either team. Dwyer stole the puck from Greene and broke in alone, shifted the puck to his backhand and slid it between Brodeur's legs to make it 4-1.
Greene redeemed himself when he unloaded a slap shot that beat Ward, slicing the deficit to 4-2 at 8:30 of the third period. Greene's third goal of the season was set up by Elias and Steve Bernier.
Carolina struck at the 6:44 mark of the first period when Faulk fired a low shot from the right point that beat Brodeur to the glove side.
Neither team was whistled for a penalty in the first period, with Carolina gaining a 12-6 advantage in shots. Overall the shots were even at 22, with Brodeur stopping 18 before a sellout crowd of 16,592.