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game recap

Canes Double Up Devils

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Michael Smith

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Canes Double Up Devils
New Jersey Devils 3, Carolina Hurricanes 6
Three Stars of the Game
Alexander Semin
1st
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:57
Dan Ellis
2nd
Dan Ellis
G
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
GA: 3EV: 25-27
PIM: 0PP: 6-6
SV%: .912SH: 0-1
Jiri Tlusty
3rd
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 14:45

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Jiri Tlusty had two goals, and the surging Carolina Hurricanes built an early lead and carried it through to a 6-3 victory over the slumping New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

Alexander Semin and Jay Harrison scored 28 seconds apart in the first period, and Jeff Skinner and Chris Terry - in his NHL debut - added goals for the Hurricanes, who won for the fifth time in six games. Dan Ellis made 31 saves in the victory.

Tlusty's second goal was into an empty net with 1:14 remaining.

New Jersey got two goals from Ilya Kovalchuk, including a short-handed tally, and one from Patrik Elias but that wasn't enough for the Devils to avoid their seventh loss in eight games without top goalie Martin Brodeur.

Johan Hedberg stopped only 13 of 18 Carolina shots through two periods and was replaced by Jeff Frazee, who made his NHL debut, at the start of the third.

Kovalchuk's short-handed goal with 5:20 left in the first brought the Devils within 2-1, but Carolina scored the next three goals.

The Devils lead the NHL with seven short-handed goals.

Tlusty gave Carolina a 3-1 lead at 4:42 of the second after taking a crossing pass from Semin on a play that was started by Ellis.

Terry scored his first NHL goal when he poked the puck between Hedberg's legs at 11:09 to make it 4-1. Skinner gave the Hurricanes a four-goal lead with 2:45 left in the second.

The Devils mounted a rally in the third as Kovalchuk scored 22 seconds into the period and Elias deflected in a shot by teammate Marek Zidlicky to make it 5-3.

But the Hurricanes buckled down on defense and wrapped up the win.

Ellis made his biggest save with just under seven minutes remaining when he dove and blocked a shot by Tom Kostopolous to keep the Hurricanes up by two goals. He also got help from the goalpost with two minutes left after the Devils pulled Frazee for an extra skater.

Frazee stopped all three shots he faced.

NOTES: Ellis' assist was his first point of the season. ... Kovalchuk has two goals and three assists in his last four games. ... Devils D Bryce Salvador didn't make the trip because of an upper body injury. He is day-to-day.

scoring summary
1st Period
12:16
CAR
PPG - Alexander Semin (7) Backhand shot - ASST: Joe Corvo (6), Jiri Tlusty (8)
1 - 0 CAR
12:44
CAR
Jay Harrison (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Jeff Skinner (9), Jordan Staal (12)
2 - 0 CAR
14:40
NJD
SHG - Ilya Kovalchuk (8) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 1 CAR
2nd Period
04:42
CAR
Jiri Tlusty (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexander Semin (18), Dan Ellis (1)
3 - 1 CAR
11:09
CAR
Chris Terry (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Eric Staal (17), Bobby Sanguinetti (3)
4 - 1 CAR
17:15
CAR
Jeff Skinner (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Tim Gleason (5), Jussi Jokinen (5)
5 - 1 CAR
3rd Period
00:22
NJD
Ilya Kovalchuk (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Fayne (5), Andy Greene (8)
5 - 2 CAR
04:21
NJD
Patrik Elias (8) Deflected shot - ASST: Marek Zidlicky (8), Anton Volchenkov (2)
5 - 3 CAR
18:46
CAR
EN - Jiri Tlusty (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexander Semin (19), Eric Staal (18)
6 - 3 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
08:32
CAR
Jay Harrison  Tripping against  Tom Kostopoulos
11:31
NJD
Tom Kostopoulos  Interference against  Tim Wallace
12:49
NJD
Patrik Elias  Hi-sticking against  Alexander Semin
17:01
CAR
Justin Faulk  Tripping against  Ryan Carter
2nd Period
09:05
NJD
Travis Zajac  Hooking against  Drayson Bowman
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
Johan Hedberg
3-7-2
SA: 18TOI: 40:00
Saves: 13EV: 10 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .722SH: 0 - 0
Jeff Frazee
Jeff Frazee
SA: 3TOI: 18:36
Saves: 3EV: 3 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Dan Ellis
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .912SH: 0 - 1