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49-24-9

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game recap

Hurricanes 7, Devils 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Hurricanes 7, Devils 2
Carolina Hurricanes 7, New Jersey Devils 2

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -Maybe Chad LaRose has been playing out of position. A switch from right wing to center resulted in a career game and gave the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes two much-needed points.

LaRose had his first two-goal game and the Hurricanes sent Martin Brodeur to the bench with four goals on their first 12 shots in a 7-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

"The last time I played (center) was squirts," said Larose, the second-year player said. "It didn't matter where I played. I wanted the minutes."

Carolina coach Peter Laviolette told LaRose on Friday that he wanted him to be a responsible player in the middle.

"He came in and provided a spark with his skating and his tenacity," Laviolette said.

His goals were a bonus for the Hurricanes, who remained in one of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spots with nine games left in the regular season.

"It was important for us because we have four days off where we sit idle," said Carolina forward Ray Whitney, who had a goal and an assist in the four-goal second period that ended Brodeur's day. "Where we sit now, and four days from now, could be totally different. We certainly wanted to get the two points today."

The Hurricanes played like a desperate team, unlike the Devils who lost their fifth in a row at home.

"When you lose and have good efforts, it's great," Brodeur after being driven from the net for only the second time this season. "But we lost to Boston 4-1, 3-0 versus Pittsburgh and 7-2 here, that's not the way you want to lose games. We need to compete better."

Rod Brind'Amour and Josef Vasicek each had a goal and an assist in the big period that LaRose capped with a goal against Devils backup Scott Clemmensen.

Scott Walker and Tim Gleason also scored for Carolina, which lost a 3-2 decision to New Jersey on Thursday in a game in which Brodeur stopped 38 of 40 shots.

"We had him in our heads from the last game," LaRose said. "We figured if we keep shooting the puck, it'll find the back of the net."

John Grahame faced 10 shots in the opening 40 minutes as Carolina built a 5-1 lead. He finished with 18 saves as the Hurricanes beat New Jersey for the first time in four games

David Clarkson, who was called up from the minors this week because of groin injuries to Patrik Elias and John Madden, scored his first NHL goal and set up another by Travis Zajac for the Devils.

Coming into the game, LaRose had four career goals in 119 games, including a game winner on his first NHL goal against Brodeur in December 2005.

LaRose faked a shot from the top of the left circle, skated to the dot and beat Brodeur with a low shot that the goaltender said deflected off a skate at 4:48 of the first period.

Vasicek, Whitney and Brind'Amour scored in less than a five-minute span in the second period to make it 4-0.

Vasicek deflected Gleason's shot over Brodeur's shoulder. Whitney capped a 3-2 by taking a pass from Brind'Amour and scoring his 28th goal. Brind'Amour sent Brodeur to the bench with a shoulder-height deflection of Glen Wesley shot.

"There was a side tip, a down tip and an up tip," said Brodeur, noting only Whitney's goal was clean. "We got it covered for today."

Clarkson cut the lead to 4-1 with a shot from the left circle but LaRose scored from the right circle with 3:02 left in the period to end any hopes of a Devils' comeback.

"The first goal was pretty lucky and the second I just shot it from the wing," LaRose said. "It was fun. I felt pretty comfortable out there."

NOTES: Wesley got his 400th career assist on LaRose's first goal. ...Hurricanes D Niclas Wallin appeared to hurt his right knee late in the first period but came back and played. ...The win was only the Hurricanes' 11th in 25 games. ...The Hurricanes have allowed one power play goal in 13 games, killing off 50-of-51 chances.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:48
CAR
Chad LaRose (4) ASST: Glen Wesley (10), Andrew Ladd (8)
1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
03:35
CAR
Josef Vasicek (6) ASST: Tim Gleason (4), Craig Adams (6)
2 - 0 CAR
04:53
CAR
Ray Whitney (28) ASST: Rod Brind'Amour (52), Justin Williams (30)
3 - 0 CAR
08:09
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour (23) ASST: Glen Wesley (11), Ray Whitney (49)
4 - 0 CAR
10:42
NJD
David Clarkson (1) ASST: Zach Parise (26), Andy Greene (2)
4 - 1 CAR
16:58
CAR
Chad LaRose (5) ASST: Andrew Ladd (9), Josef Vasicek (13)
5 - 1 CAR
3rd Period
07:58
CAR
PPG - Scott Walker (21) ASST: Erik Cole (28), Frantisek Kaberle (3)
6 - 1 CAR
12:37
CAR
PPG - Tim Gleason (2) ASST: Mike Commodore (20), Josef Vasicek (14)
7 - 1 CAR
13:23
NJD
Travis Zajac (15) ASST: David Clarkson (1), Brian Rafalski (38)
7 - 2 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
13:52
NJD
Erik Rasmussen  Interference against  Justin Williams
2nd Period
14:44
NJD
Brad Lukowich  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
19:26
CAR
Ray Whitney  Tripping against  Jay Pandolfo
20:00
CAR
Mike Commodore  Roughing against  David Clarkson
20:00
NJD
David Clarkson  Roughing against  Mike Commodore
3rd Period
02:05
CAR
David Tanabe  Hooking against  Jim Dowd
05:59
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Elbowing against  Chad LaRose
10:41
NJD
Scott Gomez  Hooking
10:41
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Misconduct
10:41
NJD
Jamie Langenbrunner  Unsportsmanlike conduct
13:27
CAR
Craig Adams  Fighting against  Johnny Oduya
13:27
NJD
Johnny Oduya  Fighting against  Craig Adams
13:56
NJD
Cam Janssen  Unsportsmanlike conduct
13:56
NJD
Cam Janssen  Elbowing against  Scott Walker
13:56
CAR
Scott Walker  Roughing against  Cam Janssen
15:20
CAR
Andrew Ladd  Hi-sticking against  Brad Lukowich
15:20
CAR
Andrew Ladd  Hi-sticking against  Brad Lukowich
18:04
CAR
Glen Wesley  Holding against  David Clarkson
19:48
NJD
Mike Rupp  Too many men on the ice
goalie stats
John Grahame
SA: 20TOI: 59:54
Saves: 18EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
SA: 12TOI: 28:09
Saves: 8EV: 7 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .667SH: 0 - 0
Scott Clemmensen
Scott Clemmensen
SA: 18TOI: 31:51
Saves: 15EV: 8 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .833SH: 1 - 1