The Carolina Hurricanes used a three-goal second period again to lead them to a win, this time against the New Jersey Devils.
The Canes would end up winning the game by a 4-3 score Wednesday night in New Jersey.
Tuomo Ruutu started the Hurricanes third-goal second period when Eric Staal fed him from behind the net. The Finland native was sitting in the slot waiting for the puck and didn’t hesitate beating Brodeur to the right side of the net.
About three minutes later, Travis Zajac gave the Devils their first goal of the game when he scored on a two-on-one. Cam Ward got a piece of the puck with his glove, but the puck got past him and cut the Canes lead in half.
But Ron Hainsey and Patrick Dwyer would extend the Cane lead as Hainsey scored on a slap shot from the point and Patrick Dwyer stuffed a shorthanded breakaway in Brodeur’s five hole. Dwyer now has a three-game scoring streak.
The third period was all Devils, however, as Andy Greene scored on a slapshot from the point as Ward was screened by Justin Faulk.
With about two minutes left in the game, Ward made a spectacular glove save on Adam Henrique when the 30-year-old fell to the ice then stretched with his left hand to rob Henrique of an open-net shot. The save gave Ward his second save-of-the-year candidate in two games.
On the ensuing face-off Jaromir Jagr scored on a rebound to move the Devils within one of tying the game, but could not finish the task as the Canes won their second game in a row for the first time since Nov. 15.
Although he only recorded an assist, Radek Dvorak had an extremely strong game. He created opportunities and the fourth line controlled most of the play when they were on the ice.
Ruutu continued to play well and earned some power-play time and his third goal in five games. Andrej Sekera also had two assists.
But it was not a great game for the third line of Jeff Skinner, Elias Lindholm and Nash. Skinner created some chances on transitions, but the line was hemmed into their zone most times it was out there.
You have to wonder if Nash is in Muller’s doghouse. He was a healthy scratch when Kevin Westgarth could play and was held to almost three minutes less than the next player. He may not have played strong tonight, but neither did the rest of his line.
Either way, things went right for the Hurricanes in the win and the team will have another chance against the Devils, when they play them next on Friday night.