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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils (Game 2)

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils (Game 2)


Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils

Game 2, Eastern Conference Semifinals Series “J”
Monday, May 8, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

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Monday's Game

The Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils play Game 2 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal series on Monday at the RBC Center (7:30 p.m., OLN, 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. Carolina scored a 6-0 win in the series opener on Saturday.

Following Monday’s game, the Hurricanes will remain in Raleigh and practice at the RBC Center on Tuesday at 11 a.m. prior to departing for New Jersey.

Television: OLN
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 five NHL postseason starts, leading Carolina to a 4-2 series win against Montreal and a 1-0 series lead against New Jersey. Ward has stopped 146 of 154 shots he’s faced this postseason giving him a .948 postseason save percentage, good for second in the NHL through games of May 6. Also through games of May 6, Ward’s 1.29 goals-against average ranked second in the NHL. With his win in Game 1 against New Jersey, Ward became the first rookie goaltender to win his first five NHL playoff starts since Mike Vernon did so with Calgary in 1986. With his win in Game 3 against Montreal, Ward became the first rookie netminder in Carolina franchise history to win his first postseason start.

With his win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Ward became just the sixth rookie netminder in NHL history to win his first five NHL playoff starts. A win in his sixth start would make Ward just the third goaltender in NHL history to win his first six postseason starts (Tiny Thompson, Boston, 1929-30 and J.S. Giguere, Anaheim, 2003).

Rookie Goaltenders to Win First Five NHL Playoff Starts:

  • 1928-29 - Tiny Thompson, Boston
  • 1966-67 - Rogie Vachon, Montreal
  • 1974-75 - Gary Inness, Pittsburgh
  • 1979-80 - Pete Peeters, Philadelphia
  • 1985-86 - Mike Vernon, Calgary
  • 2005-06 - Cam Ward, Carolina

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Center Eric Staal has earned points and in six straight games (4/24-5/6: 3g, 8a) including assists in two straight (5/2-5/6: 1g 3a)
  • Captain Rod Brind’Amour has earned points six straight games (4/24-5/6: 5g, 3a) and assists in three straight (4/30-5/6: 1g, 3a)
  • Left wing Cory Stillman has earned points in six straight games (4/24-5/6: 3g, 4a) and scored goals in two straight (5/2-5/6: 2g, 1a)
  • Goaltender Cam Ward has earned wins in each of the last five games (4/26-5/6)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Erik Cole, no timetable, fractured vertebra, missed last 21 games of the regular season and 7 playoff games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

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
7
3
8
11
17 Brind'Amour
7
5
3
8
61 Stillman
7
3
4
7
8 Cullen
7
3
2
5
39 Weight
7
1
4
5

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
29 Gerber
2
7.20
0-1
.735
30 Ward
6
1.29
5-1
.948


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

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
30 Brodeur
5
2.05
4-1
.933

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 41 15 13 -8 28
J. Faulk 46 8 18 -14 26
J. Skinner 41 10 9 -7 19
E. Lindholm 46 9 10 -10 19
R. Nash 46 7 12 -4 19
J. Tlusty 39 11 7 -12 18
N. Gerbe 42 4 13 -2 17
V. Rask 46 6 9 -9 15
A. Sekera 44 1 14 -8 15
C. Terry 33 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 5 8 2 .916 2.32
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45