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Devils 4, Hurricanes 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Devils 4, Hurricanes 1
New Jersey Devils 4, Carolina Hurricanes 1

Hedberg has won six straight, allowing just seven goals in that span.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The New Jersey Devils appeared to be buried and out of the Eastern Conference playoff race months, but they apparently never got the memo.

Dainius Zubrus scored goals in the first and third periods and the Devils earned their seventh straight victory by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Saturday night.

The Devils, in a desperate fight to get into playoff contention after a miserable start, are just 10 points behind the eighth-place Hurricanes after beating Carolina for the third time in 12 days.

Carolina remained four points ahead of Buffalo and Atlanta.

Henrik Tallinder and Brian Rolston also had first-period goals, and Patrik Elias had three assists for the 13th-place Devils (25-30-4), 15-1-2 in their past 18 games. Ilya Kovalchuk added an assist to stretch his point streak to 10 games (7 goals, 5 assists), but his four-game goal streak was snapped.

"We got beaten by a better team," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. "Right out of the gate, the first six or seven minutes, penalties put us back on our heels. We beat the puck up pretty badly."

Patrick Dwyer scored for Carolina in the third period to deny Johan Hedberg a chance at consecutive shutouts on back-to-back nights. Hedberg and the Devils beat the New York Rangers 1-0 at home Friday.

Hedberg finished with 24 saves after getting another start over Martin Brodeur, who is back on the active roster but serving as the backup as he recovers from a knee injury.

Carolina's Cam Ward stopped 21 shots, but only 12 of 15 in the first period.

Zubrus beat Ward just 1:14 in when he deflected Mark Fayne's hard shot from the right point. Tallinder made it 2-0 on a one-timer from the left point, with Kovalchuk earning the primary assist at 11:17.

"This team is always tough to play in this building," Zubrus said. "We kind of knew that and wanted to match it and we were able to jump on top."

Rolston pushed the advantage to three goals when he followed Elias' shot from the right doorstep at 16:14.

Dwyer ended Hedberg's shutout bid at 6:49 of the third when he redirected Jamie McBain's shot from the high slot. That made it 3-1, but Zubrus sealed New Jersey's win with 8:17 left by beating Ward over the left shoulder from the right circle.

"We played so strong the whole game," Hedberg said. "We didn't give up much."

Notes: Devils C Travis Zajac played in his 378th straight game, 10 shy of former D Ken Daneyko's team record. Devils D Anton Volchenkov earned his 100th career point with a first-period assist. Defenseman Derek Joslin made his Carolina debut. Hurricanes D Joni Pitkanen sat out with an undisclosed lower body injury.
scoring summary
1st Period
01:14
NJD
Dainius Zubrus (12) ASST: Mark Fayne (6), Patrik Elias (30)
1 - 0 NJD
11:17
NJD
Henrik Tallinder (3) ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (20), Nick Palmieri (3)
2 - 0 NJD
16:14
NJD
Brian Rolston (10) ASST: Anton Volchenkov (6), Patrik Elias (31)
3 - 0 NJD
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
06:49
CAR
Patrick Dwyer (8) ASST: Jamie McBain (17), Jerome Samson (1)
3 - 1 NJD
11:43
NJD
Dainius Zubrus (13) ASST: Patrik Elias (32)
4 - 1 NJD
penalty summary
1st Period
07:17
CAR
Chad LaRose  Broken stick
12:13
CAR
Jeff Skinner  Tripping against  Mattias Tedenby
2nd Period
02:46
CAR
Troy Bodie  Fighting (maj) against  David Clarkson
02:46
NJD
David Clarkson  Fighting (maj) against  Troy Bodie
10:36
NJD
Dainius Zubrus  Hooking against  Jussi Jokinen
10:36
CAR
Jussi Jokinen  Holding the stick against  Dainius Zubrus
12:13
NJD
Henrik Tallinder  Holding against  Jeff Skinner
3rd Period
03:09
NJD
Anssi Salmela  Roughing against  Chad LaRose
03:09
CAR
Chad LaRose  Roughing against  Anssi Salmela
03:09
CAR
Chad LaRose  Roughing against  Anssi Salmela
08:13
NJD
Mark Fayne  Interference against  Jiri Tlusty
14:16
NJD
Dainius Zubrus  Elbowing against  Derek Joslin
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
SA: 25TOI: 59:56
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .960SH: 0 - 0
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
25-20-7
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 17 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .840SH: 0 - 0
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