Staff photo by Chris Seward
RALEIGH — The Hurricanes shut out the New Jersey Devils 4-0, forcing a seventh game Tuesday in Newark. ...
Jussi Jokinen made the score 4-0 in the third period with the Hurricanes’ second power play goal of the series.
On the left side, Defenseman Joe Corvo passed to Ray Whitney in the left corner. He passed across the crease to Jussi Jokinen, who one-timed the pass past Brodeur at 9:12 in the final period. …
Center Eric Staal gave the Hurricanes a little cushion. And then an extra throw.
Staal scored two goals less than three minutes apart from each other to give the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead in the second period.
The first one came at 4:43 in the second period, after Chad LaRose rammed Jersey defenseman Paul Martin, who was tried to pick the puck out of the air. The puck was kick out to Ray Whitney and he dropped it back to Staal, also in the slot.
Staal didn’t miss.
And he also didn’t miss on the Whitney’s next pass from the left wing over to the right. Whitney, who has been involved in all three goals, took a long pass from defenseman Tim Gleason.
Whitney and Staal rushed, and Staal fired from the right circle, past goalie Martin Brodeur at 7:30. …
The Hurricanes pieced together a strong first period, including a big shift from their fourth line followed by another on the power play.
But Martin Brodeur said no and no. Fortunately for the Hurricanes, Ray Whitney got one by Brodeur and they lead 1-0 at the first period.
The Hurricanes out-shot the Devils 15-4 in the first period. ANd both teams were unable to score on the power play. New Jersey had two chances, both on Joni Pitkanen penalties.
On the Hurricanes one power play in the first, they managed seven shots. ...
After a relentless attack, that saw the Hurricanes out-shoot the Devils 11-1, Ray Whitney gave Carolina a 1-0 lead at 10:32 in the first period.
The play started when Carolina defenseman Anton Babchuk made a nice play for the puck on the Devils’ blue line. He passed down to Eric Staal, who had nobody between him and the net but goalie Martin Broduer.
Staal’s shot was deflect out to the left circle, where Hurricanes forward Chad LaRose stopped it and passed back to Staal behind the pipes. He passed in front to Whitney, who caught the puck on his tape and scored on Brodeur. ...
It's do or die tonight at the RBC Center.
The Carolina Hurricanes trail the New Jersey Devils 3-2. Neither team has won two games in a row.
But will the carrot of clinching the series be enough tonight for the Devils? ...
Here's the Caes' starting line:
Samsonov, Brind'Amour, Eaves.
And the Devils':
Shanahan, Madden, Pandolfo.
The Canes healthy scratches are Frank Kaberle, Tim Conboy and Dwight Helminen.