RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—One night after a disappointing loss, the New Jersey Devils were back to their usual tricks.
John Madden had a goal and an assist, and Martin Brodeur made 25 saves to help the Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 Saturday night. New Jersey had won just once in five games, including an overtime defeat at Tampa Bay on Friday.
“It was good that we played back-to-back after what happened last night, that’s for sure,” said Scott Gomez, who had an assist for his seventh point in three games. “Marty made some big saves there in the beginning.”
“I thought we were disciplined in the way that we played the game,” Brodeur said. “But it wasn’t that great. I think defensively we did get some chances. I think we scored early so I think that makes it (so) we didn’t need to do more than what we did.”
The Devils didn’t wait long to take control against Carolina. Just 3:18 in, Madden got open in front of the net, took a pass from Martin and hesitated before beating Weekes.
Rafalski made it 2-0, ripping a shot past Weekes during a New Jersey power play with 10:05 left in the first. His shot appeared to be tipped in front.
The two-goal lead was more than enough as Carolina, last in the NHL with 127 goals, was no match for Brodeur and the New Jersey defense.
“They had some chances but nothing crazy, not much on rebounds either,” Brodeur said. “It’s definitely a good road game. The stage that we’re at I think we’re going to take a performance like that before going home.”
Brodeur set the tone with eight saves in the first period. Defenseman Scott Niedermayer also broke up one Carolina scoring opportunity, poking the puck away from Rod Brind’Amour in front of the New Jersey net.
Elias added his 31st goal and the 200th of his career in the second period as New Jersey built a 3-0 lead.
“We started slow,” Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. “We left somebody point-blank open early in the game. They cashed in. They snapped one through on the power play and we’re down 2-0, swimming upstream.”
Cole got Carolina on the board with 13.4 seconds left in the second, beating Brodeur to the right corner.
Brodeur made six stops in the third period and Langenbrunner took a pass from Madden and scored to provide the final margin for the Devils.
“It was a better 60-minute effort, not that it was a bad effort last night,” New Jersey coach Pat Burns said. “We scored a minute in, and we wentthrough all the way to the end.”
The Hurricanes honored longtime radio announcer Chuck Kaiton on the ice before the game. Kaiton joined the franchise when it entered the NHL in Hartford for the 1979-80 season and has been its only play-by-play announcer. … Cole played his 200th NHL game. … New Jersey won the season series 3-1, outscoring the Hurricanes 11-5. … Carolina RW Jeff O’Neill left in the thirdperiod with an upper body injury and didn’t return.