Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk skates away dejectedly after Andy Greene’s third-period goal brought the Devils within two at 4-3 with less than two minutes left in the third period. Photo Credit: Brian Harris: Rutgers-Newark Observer
By Matthew Cole and Brian Harris
Despite two goals in the closing two minutes of the third period by Andy Greene and Jaromir Jagr, the Devils fell short against the Metropolitan Division rival Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 tonight for their third loss in a row.
The goal by Jagr in the third, his tenth of the season, put him into ninth place on the all-time goal-scoring list, past his former Pittsburgh teammate Mario Lemieux.
The ‘Canes jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals by Justin Faulk in the first and Tuomo Ruutu in the second. Later in the second, Devil center Travis Zajac scored his fourth of the year to cut the lead to 2-1 Carolina .
The Hurricanes stormed right back with goals from Ron Hainsey and Patrick Dwyer to extend the Devils’ deficit to 4-1 after two.
The thrid saw the Devils up the tempo and battle back to within one but Cam Ward (19 saves) of the Hurricanes held strong and preserved the 4-3 win.
After the game, Ward gave credit to his team’s defense for helping seal the win.
“Our team defense did a great job of keeping everything out of the perimeter seemed like they had a lot of defensive point shots but not many came through,” Ward said.
Dwyer, who scored the game-winning goal, talked aftwerward about how tonight’s win was a big one for Carolina.
“Anytime you can get rolling and get the confidence up and beat the team you’re tied with in the standings and going in[to] Thanksgiving on a high note,”the Carolina winger said.
“We get a chance to play them again on Friday I think it’s good for our confidence going into the holiday,” Dwyer said.
After the game, Devils coach Peter DeBoer talked about the lack of luck in finishing around the Carolina net.
“We didn’t have a lot of puck luck around the net. It was one of those nights where they get a seeing eye goal on the first one, second ones off our own stick, and the others a shorthanded breakaway, which we shouldn’t give up. It’s one of those nights where those things happen and you’re going to have a hard time winning,” DeBoer said.
The Devils’ next game is against the same Carolina Hurricanes on Friday at 7pm.