It had been an incredible five-game span for the New Jersey Devils. They had won each game by at least two goals and they had hoped to carry it on against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night. The problem was, the Hurricanes were looking to get a win streak of their own going, and it isn’t possible for both teams to get what they wanted out of this game.
New Jersey has been fantastic this season, leading the East with 19 points, and starting the year with one of the best starts in franchise history. Goaltender Martin Brodeur has been playing like he is 10 years younger than he is, and the offense has been phenomenal for the Devils. Up until Tuesday night, all but one of their losses had come after regulation, showing what a tough team New Jersey has been, even in defeat.
When the game got underway on Tuesday night, the first period made it look as though the Devils were in control, with Brodeur turning away 10 shots and the Devils up 1-0. Carolina came to play though and they scored two goals in the third to run away from New Jersey with a 4-2 win.
The Hurricanes are no slouches themselves, leading the Southeast Division, and trailing the Eastern Conference leaders by just four points. Tuesday was the second of back-to-back games for Carolina, and the Devils may have taken them a bit too lightly, at least until they watched the Hurricanes’ Jiri Tlusty score twice in the final period to put them away.
Carolina should probably enjoy this win. It is not likely the Devils will overlook them again and the two may end up seeing each other for a series at the end of the season.