New Jersey at Carolina

Devils cruise past Hurricanes with another strong effort from Brodeur


RALEIGH, N.C. -- With Patrick Elias finally finding his scoring touch, the New Jersey Devils might have an offense that is as prolific as their defense is stingy.

The star winger scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and Martin Brodeur made 20 saves in New Jersey's 4-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

After a slow start to the season -- six goals in his first 32 games -- Elias has scored four times in his past seven games.

He gave New Jersey the lead for good after the Devils' Jamie Langenbrunner made a nice play to stay on side at the blue line. Elias then skated down the left side and slapped the puck past Carolina goalie Cam Ward from the near the faceoff circle.

"It happened quick," Elias said. "I knew the pass was there and I just let it go and it went in."

New Jersey has won seven of its past nine and leads the Atlantic Division by a point over Pittsburgh. As always, Brodeur is a big reason why -- the Devils have allowed only 99 goals this season, the only team in the Eastern Conference that has yielded fewer than 100.

Brodeur has allowed two goals or less in seven of his past eight games.

"It was one of our good games," Brodeur said. "We just did the right things out there. We got the first goal again."

Travis Zajac, Brian Gionta and Sergei Brylin also scored for New Jersey. Langenbrunner and Zach Parise each had two assists.

Keith Aucoin scored his first NHL goal for the Hurricanes, who have lost three straight at home. Carolina still leads Atlanta in the Southeast Division by four points, but it has scored only two goals in its past three games.

"We need to score more than one goal," defenseman Mike Commodore said. "I'd like to shut teams out every night, but it probably isn't going to happen."

RW Trevor Letowski, D Glen Wesley, LW Ray Whitney and D Wade Brookbank missed the game for Carolina with the flu, leaving the Hurricanes with only 17 skaters. They joined RW Justin Williams (knee), D Bret Hedican (knee), D David Tanabe (concussion), C Matt Cullen (concussion) and RW Scott Walker (knee) on the Hurricanes' injured list.

Carolina coach Peter Laviolette wasn't using the absences as an excuse, however.

"We were gross," he said. "I don't know -- it's frustrating. When you step on to the ice, it's about competing in a lot of different areas: It's about competing in your skating; it's about competing in the physical play; it's about being mentally ready; it's about playing smart, playing hard, fighting for pucks. We did none of it. If we did do it, we lost in all areas.

"It's completely unacceptable."

Carolina's lethargic home penalty-killing unit, ranked last in the league (72.2 percent success rate at home), put the team in trouble in the first period when Zajac knocked a centering pass from Langenbrunner behind a helpless Ward for the first goal. Gionta's third-period goal also came with the man advantage.

The Hurricanes tied the score when Dennis Seidenberg skated over the blue line in the second period and wristed a shot on goal. Aucoin quickly skated to the front of the net and chipped the rebound past Brodeur.

Aucoin had been recalled from Albany along with C Brandon Nolan earlier in the day.

New Jersey muted Carolina's offense in the third period, only allowing six shots and few scoring opportunities. The Devils are 17-0-0 when leading after two periods.

"We don't have to score a lot of goals to win," Langenbrunner said. "One or two goals and we have a chance. When we get three or four like that, we definitely have a chance."


  • It was the first meeting of the season between the teams.
  • Sergei Samonov played his first home game for Carolina since he was picked up on re-entry waivers from Chicago before a game against Boston on Tuesday.
  • New Jersey hit the post twice, including on a shot about 25 seconds into the game.
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Martin Brodeur allows fewer than three goals for the seventh time in his past eight games.  (Getty Images)
Martin Brodeur allows fewer than three goals for the seventh time in his past eight games. (Getty Images)
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Z. Parise

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
J. Langenbrunner

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
K. Aucoin

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
12:24Power Play - Travis Zajac (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jamie Langenbrunner, Zach Parise
02:41Keith Aucoin (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Dennis Seidenberg, Craig Adams
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12:54Power Play - Brian Gionta (13), Slap Shot. Assist: Andy Greene, Travis Zajac
18:08Sergei Brylin (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: John Madden, Paul Martin
Penalty Summary
04:46Brind'Amour, 2 min, Hooking
10:36Ward, 2 min, Tripping
13:16Clarkson, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
13:16Commodore, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
20:00Clarkson, 5 min, Fighting
20:00Commodore, 5 min, Fighting
20:00Clarkson, 2 min, Roughing
11:07Pelley, 2 min, Interference
13:58Commodore, 2 min, Interference
10:35Brind'Amour, 2 min, High-Sticking
11:30Seidenberg, 2 min, Boarding
Shots On Goal
New Jersey88824
Martin Brodeur60:00201
Cam Ward60:00204
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Referees - Dan O'Halloran, Don Van Massenhoven
Linesmen - Brian Mach, Darren Gibbs
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