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Hurricanes Blow Through Newark, Streak Ends at 4

Posted in on by Dan Pennucci

New Jersey’s four-game winning streak was halted following a 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday in a game where the Canes did everything just a little bit better. The images of Jussi Jokinen scoring a goal and Eric Staal barreling down the right wing still bring chills to the spine of Devils’ fans after the role the two played in New Jersey’s heartbreaking playoff exit in 2009. Staal did not register a goal in the contest, but did manage two assists while Jussi Jokinen tied up the contest for Carolina early in the second period. Jiri Tlusty scored Carolina’s final two goals on the evening as the Devils simply couldn’t bet back in the game.

Carolina took a slim 2-1 lead into the third before where the Devils made some valiant efforts to knot up the contest, including seeing David Clarkson robbed by Cam Ward early in the third period on a two-on-none with teammate Patrik Elias. Ryan Carter cleaned up a mess in front of the Carolina goal at 1:34 of the third period for his second goal of the season, tying the game. He collected the puck, which he intends to give to his newborn daughter according to the WFAN broadcast. The Devils had a power play thwarted in the third before Tlusty fired home the eventual game winner at 7:25.

Martin Brodeur turned away 22 of the 25 shots he faced in the contest with Carolina adding an empty netter to secure the victory. Ilya Kovalchuk opened the scoring for the Devils, blasting home a slap shot on the power play with 4:01 remaining in the first period. The goal was reviewed but a closer look showed the puck clearly hitting the bar in the back of the goal. New Jersey has two nights off before hosting Philadelphia Friday and traveling to Long Island on Saturday. Odds are Johan Hedberg will start at least one of the games this weekend.

Notes
-After failing to register a point for six consecutive games, Marek Zidlicky has assists in each of the last two games.

-Ilya Kovalchuk has a goal in three of his last four games with six points over that span.

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