GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at N.J. Devils (Game 3)

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at N.J. Devils (Game 3)


Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils

Game 3, Eastern Conference Semifinals Series “J”
Wednesday, May 10, 7 p.m. (ET)
Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ

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Wednesday's Game

The Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils play Game 3 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal series on Wednesday at Continental Airlines Arena (7 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 and scored a 3-2 overtime win in Game 2 on Monday to take a 2-0 series lead.

The Hurricanes will remain in New Jersey following Game 3 and will have an off day on Thursday. Carolina will practice at Montclair State’s at Floyd Hall Arena at 11 a.m. on Friday.

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

In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, defenseman Niclas Wallin scored the overtime game-winner when he beat New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur 3:09 into the extra frame. The goal was Wallin’s third career overtime game-winner and his first goal of the postseason. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, 38 players have scored three or more postseason overtime goals in NHL history, but Wallin and Ken Morrow are the only defenseman to accomplish that feat.

Hurricanes rookie netminder Cam Ward has earned wins in each of his first six NHL postseason starts, leading Carolina to a 4-2 series win against Montreal and a 2-0 series lead against New Jersey. Ward has stopped 169 of 179 shots he’s faced this postseason giving him a .944 postseason save percentage, good for second in the NHL through games of May 8. Also through games of May 8, Ward’s 1.38 goals-against average ranked second in the NHL.

With his win in Game 2 against New Jersey, Ward became the first rookie goaltender in league history to win his first six NHL playoff starts. Ward also joined Boston’s Tiny Thompson (1929-30) and Anaheim’s J.S. Giguere (2003) as the third netminder to win his first six NHL postseason starts. His win in Game 3 against Montreal made Ward the first rookie in Carolina franchise history to win his first postseason start.

NHL Goaltenders to Win First Six NHL Playoff Starts

  • 1929-30 - Tiny Thompson, Boston (7)
  • 2003 - J.S. Giguere, Anaheim (6)
  • 2006 - Cam Ward, Carolina (6)

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Center Eric Staal has earned points and in seven straight games (4/24-5/8: 4g, 8a)
  • Captain Rod Brind’Amour has earned points seven straight games (4/24-5/8: 5g, 4a) and assists in four straight (4/30-5/8: 1g, 4a)
  • Left wing Cory Stillman has earned points in seven straight games (4/24-5/8: 3g, 5a)
  • Goaltender Cam Ward has earned wins in each of the last six games (4/26-5/8)
  • Right wing Justin Williams has earned assists and points in each of the last two games (5/6-5/8: 0g, 2a)
  • Center Doug Weight has assists and points in each of the last two games (5/6-5/8: 1g, 2a)
  • Left wing Ray Whitney has earned points in each of the last two games (5/6-5/8: 2g, 1a)

MILESTONE WATCH

  • Captain Rod Brind’Amour is 2 points shy of 100 NHL playoff points

Injury Report

  • Left wing Erik Cole, no timetable, fractured vertebra, missed last 21 games of the regular season and 8 playoff games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

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
8
4
8
12
17 Brind'Amour
8
5
4
9
61 Stillman
8
3
5
8
39 Weight
8
1
5
6

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
29 Gerber
2
7.20
0-1
.735
30 Ward
7
1.38
6-1
.944


Devils
GP
G
A
PTS
26 Elias
6
5
7
12
15 Langenbrunner
6
3
7
10
23 Gomez
6
3
4
7
14 Gionta
6
2
4
6

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
30 Brodeur
6
2.20
4-2
.930
40 Clemmensen
1
0.00
0-0
1.000
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