Carolina at New Jersey

LaRose finds net twice as Hurricanes chase Brodeur, Devils

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Maybe Chad LaRose has been playing out of position. A switch from right wing to center resulted in a career game and gave the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes two much-needed points.

LaRose had his first two-goal game and the Hurricanes sent Martin Brodeur to the bench with four goals on their first 12 shots in a 7-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

"The last time I played (center) was squirts," said Larose, the second-year player said. "It didn't matter where I played. I wanted the minutes."

Carolina coach Peter Laviolette told LaRose on Friday that he wanted him to be a responsible player in the middle.

"He came in and provided a spark with his skating and his tenacity," Laviolette said.

His goals were a bonus for the Hurricanes, who remained in one of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spots with nine games left in the regular season.

"It was important for us because we have four days off where we sit idle," said Carolina forward Ray Whitney, who had a goal and an assist in the four-goal second period that ended Brodeur's day. "Where we sit now, and four days from now, could be totally different. We certainly wanted to get the two points today."

The Hurricanes played like a desperate team, unlike the Devils who lost their fifth in a row at home.

"When you lose and have good efforts, it's great," Brodeur after being driven from the net for only the second time this season. "But we lost to Boston 4-1, 3-0 versus Pittsburgh and 7-2 here, that's not the way you want to lose games. We need to compete better."

Rod Brind'Amour and Josef Vasicek each had a goal and an assist in the big period that LaRose capped with a goal against Devils backup Scott Clemmensen.

Scott Walker and Tim Gleason also scored for Carolina, which lost a 3-2 decision to New Jersey on Thursday in a game in which Brodeur stopped 38 of 40 shots.

"We had him in our heads from the last game," LaRose said. "We figured if we keep shooting the puck, it'll find the back of the net."

John Grahame faced 10 shots in the opening 40 minutes as Carolina built a 5-1 lead. He finished with 18 saves as the Hurricanes beat New Jersey for the first time in four games

David Clarkson, who was called up from the minors this week because of groin injuries to Patrik Elias and John Madden, scored his first NHL goal and set up another by Travis Zajac for the Devils.

Coming into the game, LaRose had four career goals in 119 games, including a game winner on his first NHL goal against Brodeur in December 2005.

LaRose faked a shot from the top of the left circle, skated to the dot and beat Brodeur with a low shot that the goaltender said deflected off a skate at 4:48 of the first period.

Vasicek, Whitney and Brind'Amour scored in less than a five-minute span in the second period to make it 4-0.

Vasicek deflected Gleason's shot over Brodeur's shoulder. Whitney capped a 3-2 by taking a pass from Brind'Amour and scoring his 28th goal. Brind'Amour sent Brodeur to the bench with a shoulder-height deflection of Glen Wesley shot.

"There was a side tip, a down tip and an up tip," said Brodeur, noting only Whitney's goal was clean. "We got it covered for today."

Clarkson cut the lead to 4-1 with a shot from the left circle but LaRose scored from the right circle with 3:02 left in the period to end any hopes of a Devils' comeback.

"The first goal was pretty lucky and the second I just shot it from the wing," LaRose said. "It was fun. I felt pretty comfortable out there."

Notes

  • Wesley got his 400th career assist on LaRose's first goal.
  • Hurricanes D Niclas Wallin appeared to hurt his right knee late in the first period but came back and played.
  • The win was only the Hurricanes' 11th in 25 games.
  • The Hurricanes have allowed one power play goal in 13 games, killing off 50-of-51 chances.
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Chad LaRose, who celebrates with goalie John Grahame, enters with only four career goals.  (AP)
Chad LaRose, who celebrates with goalie John Grahame, enters with only four career goals. (AP)

Scoreboard
Carolina  (36-29-8) «1427
New Jersey (43-21-8)0112
Three Stars
C. LaRose
CAR


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
G. Wesley
CAR


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
A. Ladd
CAR


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:48Chad LaRose (4), Slap Shot - Assists: Glen Wesley, Andrew Ladd
2ND PERIOD
03:35Josef Vasicek (6), Tip-In - Assists: Tim Gleason, Craig Adams
04:53Ray Whitney (28), Slap Shot - Assists: Rod Brind'Amour, Justin Williams
08:09Rod Brind'Amour (23), Tip-In - Assists: Glen Wesley, Ray Whitney
10:42David Clarkson, Slap Shot - Assists: Zach Parise, Andy Greene
16:58Chad LaRose (5), Slap Shot - Assists: Andrew Ladd, Josef Vasicek
3RD PERIOD
07:58Power Play - Scott Walker (20), Slap Shot - Assists: Erik Cole, Frantisek Kaberle
12:37Power Play - Tim Gleason, Slap Shot - Assists: Mike Commodore, Josef Vasicek
13:23Travis Zajac (15), Backhand Shot - Assists: David Clarkson, Brian Rafalski
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
13:52Rasmussen: Interference - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
14:44Lukowich: Delay of Game - 2 min.
19:26Whitney: Tripping - 2 min.
20:00Clarkson: Roughing - 2 min.
20:00Commodore: Roughing - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
02:05Tanabe: Hooking - 2 min.
05:59Langenbrunner: Elbowing - 2 min.
10:41Gomez: Hooking - 2 min.
10:41Langenbrunner: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
10:41Langenbrunner: Game Misconduct - 10 min.
13:27Oduya: Fighting - 5 min.
13:27Adams: Fighting - 5 min.
13:56Janssen: Elbowing - 2 min.
13:56Janssen: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
13:56Walker: Roughing - 2 min.
15:20Ladd: High sticking - 2 min.
15:20Ladd: High sticking - 2 min.
18:04Wesley: Holding - 2 min.
19:48Rupp: Too Many Men on the Ice(bench) - 2 min.
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 123T
Carolina714930
New Jersey461020
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
John Grahame59:54182
Martin Brodeur28:0984
Scott Clemmensen31:51153
Game Information
Attendance - 15490
Referees - Kevin Pollock, Craig Spada
Linesmen - Brad Kovachik, Jean Morin
 
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