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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils (Game 1)

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils (Game 1)


Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils

Game 1, Eastern Conference Semifinals Series “J”
Saturday, May 6, 2 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

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Saturday's Game

The Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils play Game 1 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal series on Saturday at the RBC Center (2 p.m., NBC, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes advanced to the second round by virtue of a 4-2 series win against the Montreal Canadiens in the quarterfinal round. New Jersey defeated the New York Rangers in four straight games to advance to the second round.

The teams will remain in Raleigh following Saturday’s game. The Hurricanes will practice at the RBC Center on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and New Jersey will practice between 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Television: NBC, then switches to OLN if/when the game goes to overtime.
Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network – WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh – flagship), WYSR 1590 AM (High Point), WMFD 630 AM (Wilmington)
Internet: www.carolinahurricanes.com

Carolina Notes

Hurricanes rookie netminder Cam Ward has earned wins in each of his first four NHL postseason starts, leading Carolina to a 4-2 series win against Montreal. Ward has stopped 125 of 133 shots he’s faced this postseason giving him a .940 postseason save percentage. With his win in Game 6, Ward became the first rookie goaltender to win his first four NHL playoff starts since Mike Vernon did so with Calgary in 1986. With his win in Game 3, Ward became the first rookie netminder in Carolina franchise history to win his first postseason start. With his win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Ward became just the fifth rookie netminder since expansion (1967) to win his first four NHL playoff starts.

Rookie Goaltenders to Win First Four NHL Playoff Starts in Expansion Era:

  • 1969-70 - Tony Espisito, Chicago
  • 1974-75 - Gary Inness, Pittsburgh
  • 1979-80 - Pete Peters, Philadelphia
  • 1985-86 - Mike Vernon, Calgary
  • 2005-06 - Cam Ward, Carolina

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Center Eric Staal has earned points and in each of the last five games (4/24-5/2: 2g, 6a)
  • Captain Rod Brind’Amour has earned points five straight games (4/24-5/2: 4g, 2a) and assists in two straight (4/30-5/2: 0g, 2a)
  • Left wing Cory Stillman has earned points in five straight games (4/24-5/2: 2g, 3a)
  • Goaltender Cam Ward has earned wins in each of the last four games (4/26-5/2)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Erik Cole, no timetable, fractured vertebra, missed last 21 games of the regular season and 6 playoff games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

May 6 none
May 7 RBC Center 11 a.m.
May 8 RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
May 9 RBC Center 11 a.m.
May 10 Continental Airlines Arena 11:30 a.m.
May 11 none
May 12 TBD in New Jersey
May 13 none
May 14 RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
May 15 RBC Center 11 a.m.
May 16 Continental Airlines Arena 11:30 a.m.
May 17 RBC Center 12 p.m.
May 18 RBC Center 10:30 a.m.

*All times are local… Times and locations subject to change

Against the Devils

The Hurricanes and the Devils met four times during the 2005-06 regular season, with Carolina posting a 2-1-1 record. The Hurricanes outscored New Jersey 13-9 in the four games, with Carolina’s biggest victory coming in a 6-1 game at Continental Airlines Arena on Oct. 15. The Hurricanes posted a 4-1 win against New Jersey at the RBC Center on Dec. 17, and suffered 4-3 overtime loss on April 11 in Raleigh in the teams’ most recent meeting. New Jersey scored its lone regulation win against Carolina on Feb. 3 when Martin Brodeur stopped 28 shots in a 3-0 shutout win on Scott Stevens jersey retirement night. Captain Rod Brind’Amour (3g, 1a), center Matt Cullen (1g, 3a) and left wing Cory Stillman (0g, 4a) led the Hurricanes in the four-game season series against New Jersey, each posting three points. Cam Ward posted a 1-1-0 record, a 2.00 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in two games against the Devils while Martin Gerber posted a 1-0-1 record, a 2.51 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage in two games. Martin Brodeur started all four games in the series for New Jersey, posting a 2-2-0 record, a 3.27 goals-against average and an .893 save percentage. Brian Gionta led the Devils with five points (2g, 3a).

For a detailed breakdown of the 2005-06 series between the teams, please go to page 99 in the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes Playoff Guide. This marks the third all-time playoff series between the Carolina franchise and New Jersey. The last time the teams met in the postseason prior to this series was in the 2002 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, a 4-2 Hurricanes series win. The Hurricanes franchise posts a 6-6 all-time record against the Devils in the playoffs, including a 4-2 home record and a 2-4 record in New Jersey.

PLAYOFF STATISTICS

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
6
2
6
8
17 Brind'Amour
6
4
2
6
61 Stillman
6
2
3
5
8 Cullen
6
3
1
4

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
29 Gerber
2
7.20
0-1
.735
30 Ward
5
1.54
4-1
.940


Devils
GP
G
A
PTS
26 Elias
4
5
6
11
15 Langenbrunner
4
2
6
8
23 Gomez
4
2
4
6
14 Gionta
4
2
4
6

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
30 Brodeur
4
1.00
4-0
.965
Carquest

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