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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at NEW JERSEY

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

2002 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

CAROLINA HURRICANES (2-1)
vs
NEW JERSEY DEVILS (1-2)
Tuesday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Continental Airlines Arena


GAME NIGHT
The Southeast Division Champion Carolina Hurricanes take on the defending Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Devils in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Continental Airlines Arena. The Devils earned their first win of the series with a 4-0 victory against the Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon. Devils netminder Martin Brodeur stopped 16 shots to earn the shutout. The Hurricanes had established a two-game lead in the series when Bates Battaglia’s deflection of a Marek Malik shot beat Martin Brodeur at 15:26 of overtime in Game 2. Carolina captured Game 1 on April 17 as goaltender Arturs Irbe stopped 34 shots and the Hurricanes got goals from Rod Brind’Amour and rookie Erik Cole. This series is a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, in which the top-seeded Devils defeated the eighth-seeded Hurricanes in six games. Including the regular season, the Hurricanes have lost just once in their last eight games (5-1-2). Carolina has lost just five times in its last 23 games (13-5-5).

SOUTHEAST DIVISION CHAMPIONS
The Hurricanes concluded the team's third season in the Triangle, fifth in North Carolina and 23rd in the NHL as the Southeast Division champions with a record of 35-26-16-5 and a total of 91 points. The point total ranks as the second highest season in franchise history behind a 93-point season in 1986-87. Carolina clinched the Southeast Division championship with a 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 10 at the Entertainment & Sports Arena, marking its second division title in four years. The Hurricanes have advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in three of the last four years and have now had four consecutive winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. The Hurricanes are 144-123-53-8 over the past four seasons.

PRACTICE TIMES

April 23 Tuesday Continental Airlines Arena 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
April 24 Wednesday ESA 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
April 25 Thursday RecZone TBD
April 26 Friday RecZone TBD

ON THE AIR
Television: Fox Sports Net
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WDNC 620-AM (Durham); WDZL 98.3FM (Murfreesboro); WFAY 1230/1450AM (Fayetteville); WSML 1200-AM (Graham); WRMT 1490-AM (Rocky Mount); WGHB 1250-AM (Greenville); WEEB 990-AM (Southern Pines); WMFR 1230-AM (High Point); WMFD 630-AM (Wilmington); WJNC 1240-AM (Jacksonville).
Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES
Hurricanes netminder Kevin Weekes made his NHL playoff debut on Sunday in relief of Arturs Irbe. Weekes stopped 22 of 23 Devils shots in 39 minutes of play. The Hurricanes and the Devils are entering the only set of back-to-back games during the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The two teams will face-off again Wednesday night for Game 5 in Raleigh. The Hurricanes played 15 sets of back-to-back games during the regular season and compiled a 12-11-5-2 record in those games.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 2-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 0-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 2-of-12 (16.7%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 13-of-17 (76.5%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman David Tanabe suffured a broken wrist in Game 1 vs. New Jersey. He will be out three weeks.

CAROLINA / NEW JERSEY NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils meet for the second straight year in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Devils defeated Carolina 4-2 in the 2001 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, winning the first three games and clinching in Game 6. Bobby Holik was the leading scorer in that series with eight points (4g, 4a). Sami Kapanen led all Hurricanes scorers with five points (2g, 3a).
The Devils won this year’s regular season series 2-1-1. New Jersey defeated Carolina in both games at the Entertainment & Sports Arena, topping Carolina 2-1 on Jan. 5 and 3-2 on April 3. Carolina overcame a two-goal third period deficit to earn a 3-3 tie at New Jersey on Jan. 21. The Hurricanes defeated the Devils Jersey 4-2 at the Continental Airlines Arena on March 23. The Hurricanes are 31-37-12-1 all-time against the Devils in the regular season, including a 17-15-8-0 record at home and a 15-21-4-1 mark on the road.

GAME 1: Hurricanes 2, Devils 1
April 17, 2002
Arturs Irbe made 34 saves to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. Rod Brind’Amour got Carolina on the board with the first goal of the 2002 Stanley Cup Playoffs at 8:21 of the first period. Erik Cole notched the game-winning goal in his first career NHL playoff game, beating New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur at 9:43 of the first period. Patrik Elias scored the Devils’ lone goal.

GAME 2: Hurricanes 2, Devils 1 (OT)
April 19, 2002
Bates Battaglia deflected a Marek Malik shot past New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur at 15:26 of the overtime period to give Carolina a 2-1 victory and a two-game lead in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. Rookie forward Erik Cole scored Carolina’s first goal after Battaglia sent a pass between his legs and through the legs of Devils’ defenseman Scott Stevens to Cole. Arturs Irbe stopped 30 of 31 New Jersey shots to secure the victory as the Hurricanes killed all five New Jersey power plays, including one in overtime.

GAME 3: Devils 4, Hurricanes 0
April 21, 2002
Kevin Weekes made his NHL playoff debut, stopping 22 of 23 Devils shots in relief of Arturs Irbe as the Hurricanes dropped Game 3 to the Devils at Continental Airlines Arena, 4-0. Irbe stopped nine of 12 Devils shots in 20:58 of ice time before he was replaced by Weekes. Brian Rafalski had a pair of goals and Brian Gionta and Bobby Holik also scored for New Jersey.

NEW JERSEY NOTES
Goaltender Martin Brodeur earned his 13th career playoff shutout in 112 postseason games on Sunday in Game 3. The Devils scored three power play goals in Game 3 after going 1-of-10 in the first two games of the series.

REGULAR SEASON SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
  GP G A TP
10 Francis 80 27 50 77
24 Kapanen 77 27 42 69
92 O'Neill 76 31 33 64
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 51 2.54 20-19-11 .902
80 Weekes 21 2.56 5-9-0 .916
NEW JERSEY
  GP G A TP
26 Elias 75 29 32 61
25 Nieuwendyk 81 21 33 58
16 Holik 81 25 23 54
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
34 Vanbiesbrouck 5 2.00 2-3-0 .915
30 Brodeur 73 2.15 38-26-9 .906

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