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Devils top 'Canes for first home win

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils
GAME OVER, 2-0 FINAL: Brodeur nails down shutout No. 102, needs one more to tie Terry Sawchuk for all-time mark.

Parise has added an empty-netter with 39.4 seconds left. Devils on their way to their first home win of the season, leading 2-0.

Bergfors pokechecked from behind on breakaway with 6:35 left. Couldn't get a clean shot off.

NJ can't connect on third-period 5-on-3 for 1:44. Clock shows 9:00 to go in regulation.

5-on-3 for 1:44 coming up for Devils, who just called timeout. 11:59 left.

12:16 to go in the third. Devils on their third PP of the night.

Jamie Langenbrunner has broken a scoreless tie 26 seconds into the third period. Rob Niedermayer passed to Zach Parise inside the Carolina blue line, and got the puck back for a centering feed that Langenbrunner batted by Cam Ward. Langenbrunner's second of the season has the Devils ahead, 1-0.

Third period underway...

End of the second period... Shots are even, 16-16, after a scoreless 40 minutes. Devils took their second penalty for too many men in as many nights, but successfully killed it off. Halischuk took a high-stick in the face from Rod Brind'Amour, but eventually returned. Niclas Bergfors had two shots in the final 2:42 of the second, and leads all Devils with four for the game.

Devils PP, Zajac gets in all alone on Ward, who got the shaft of his stick down to knock the puck off Zajac's stick as he went to the backhand. New Jersey power play is 0-for-2 but has forced Ward to make quality saves.

Carolina offsides with 4:34 left in the second period. Eight total shots in the frame, six by the Hurricanes.

Devils kill off bench minor for too many men on the ice with 8:08 to go. Shots are even, 13-13.

Not much flow for either team in this middle frame. Carolina is outshooting the Devils 4-1 in the period with 10:19 to go.

Halischuk returns for a shift with 12:25 left in second period.

Clarkson moves up to the right side with Zajac and Bergfors to replace Halischuk.

Two minutes into the second, Matt Halischuk comes off the ice with a towel to his face after Rod Brind'Amour catches him in the face with his stick on the follow through of a clearing attempt. No penalty called.

Second period underway...

Scoreless, end of first period... Shots after one, 11-9, New Jersey.

Andy Greene got in on Ward with 23 seconds left in the first. He got a pass at the Carolina blueline, and broke in Ward, but lost the puck off his backhand.

Devils' first PP attempt featured a couple of nice scoring opportunities, but came up short... still scoreless with 2:14 to go in the first period. Parise, Halischuk and Zajac all had shots on goal. Parise's was a tricky redirection on Ward from the slot.

Shots are even, 6-6, with 8:10 remaining...

Niclas Bergfors robbed by Cam Ward with 9:20 left in the first. Bergfors ripped a one-timer from the left circle on a 2-on-1 with Travis Zajac. Ward slid to his right to make the stop.

Clarkson and Andrew Alberts drop the gloves in front of the Carolina net with 11:35 remaining in the first period.

Some new looks for the Devils as the ZZ Pops line has been split up tonight. Parise - Zubrus - Langenbrunner… Bergfors - Zajac - Halischuk… Leblond - Pelley - Clarkson.

Underway in the first period...

Tonight's starting lineup for the Devils, at forward: Jay Pandolfo - Rob Niedermayer - Brian Rolston. On defense, Colin White and Mike Mottau. Martin Brodeur in goal.

The Devils scratches are forwards Andrew Peters and Ilkka Pikkarainen, and defenseman Cory Murphy.

For Carolina, at forward: Ray Whitney - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu. On defense, Joni Pitkanen and Tim Gleason. Cam Ward in goal. Carolina scratches are Erik Cole and Jay Harrison.

Tonight's game marks the first of four meetings between the two teams this season, and the first of two contests to be played at Prudential Center. Carolina won the 2008-09 season series 3-1-0, outscoring the Devils, 11-8.

The Devils lead the all-time series vs. the Hurricanes/Whalers 48-36-10, including a 28-18-2 mark in their previous 48 home games. The series continues Dec. 9 at NJ; Feb. 13, April 3 at CAR.
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