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After being outscored 15-3 in three loses to the Devils since Jan. 10, the red-hot Carolina Hurricanes turned the tables Tuesday night, beating one of the NHL’s best teams 2-1 in overtime as Sergei Samsonov scored two goals, including the game-winner 1:36 into the extra period to break New Jersey’s five-game winning streak.
The Canes improved to 7-0-1 in their last eight home games and moved five games over .500 for the first time since Dec. 8 with 71 points, now just eight behind
“I’m not trying too do much different,” said Samsonov, who notched his second game winner with the Canes. “I’ve got a pretty good opportunity here and maybe I’ve got a little more confidence. I feel like I’m out there in important situations and have the trust of the coaching staff.”
Tuomo Ruutu, traded earlier in the day for Andrew Ladd, made it to the
“Sometimes it’s good to get here where you don’t even get a chance to say hi or shake hands with the guys, you’ve got to get your equipment on because you’ve already missed warm-ups,” coach Peter Laviolette said of Ruutu, who played 15:31 and was still getting 40 stitches to his face 30 minutes after the win. “For him to travel all day and sit on the runway and to walk into a game where you barely catch the national anthem and to play like he did I think it speaks volumes for him. He’s excited to be here and we’re excited to have him.”
Ruutu assisted on the first
Still, the Canes, who were swarming all over Martin Brodeur for the better part of 40 minutes, wouldn’t be denied as the game moved into overtime tied 1-1.
Samsonov broke down the right side and used his speed to beat a
“It’s awesome. I love it. I’m so proud of a guy like that,” Bret Hedican said of Samsonov, who had no goals in 23 games with
“We’ve accepted him with open arms and he’s done nothing but help our team. You almost wonder what we would be like without him right now. It’s a great feeling to see a guy like that come to life.”
“Leave hockey out of it, he’s a real nice guy,” added Laviolette. “It’s a second opportunity for him to come in to a situation to where he gets some time and confidence and his ability really has shined. It shined tonight.”
Patrick Eaves also made his
Cam Ward played a great first period, but caught a bad break 1:50 into the second when Brian Gionta’s centering pass went off the stick of Hedican and past the Carolina goalie for a 1-0 New Jersey lead.
The Canes dominated the second period, though, and tied it up at the end of a high-sticking penalty against the Devils. Samsonov poked home a rebound off a shot from Keith Aucoin, who came into the game with two goals in three games against
Aucoin had a chance to give
Hedican came to the defense of Gleason and took a swipe at Rupp, who later in the first tangled with Wade Brookbank in a game that was intense from the start.
No goals were scored in the first with the best save coming from Ward’s glove against Elias, who shook his head as he skated by the
NOTES: Glen Wesley was back after missing two periods the other night against Washington. … The Canes were 0-for-11 on the power play against the Devils in four games this season. … Jeff Hamilton was sent to the minors before the game. …