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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. NEW JERSEY

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

2002 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

CAROLINA HURRICANES (35-26-16-5, 91 pts.)
vs
NEW JERSEY DEVILS (41-28-9-4, 95 pts.)
Friday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena

GAME NIGHT
The Southeast Division champion Carolina Hurricanes host the defending Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. Carolina captured Game 1, 2-1, on Wednesday night as goaltender Arturs Irbe stopped 34 shots and the Hurricanes got goals from Rod Brind’Amour and rookie Erik Cole. The win marked the first time the franchise has captured Game 1 of a playoff series since a 5-2 Hartford Whalers victory against the Boston Bruins in the Adams division semifinals on April 3, 1991. 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 are currently on a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2). Carolina has lost just four times in its last 21 games (12-4-5).

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 19 Friday ESA 10:30 a.m.
April 20 Saturday RecZone 12:00 p.m.
April 21 Sunday Continental Airlines Arena 11:30 a.m.
April 22 Monday Floyd Hall Arena 11:00 a.m.
April 23 Tuesday Continental Airlines Arena 11:30 a.m.
April 24 Wednesday ESA 10:30 a.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: espn2
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
The Hurricanes won 40 of 62 faceoffs (65%) against New Jersey in Game 1. Rod Brind’Amour won 19 of his 24 faceoffs (79%). Carolina led the league in team faceoff percentage (56.1%) in the regular season. Brind'Amour was ranked second in the league in faceoff percentage at 59.2%. Ron Francis was third at 58.9% and Jeff O'Neill was ninth at 56.7%.
Rookie forward Erik Cole scored his first career playoff goal in his first NHL playoff game in Game 1 against New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur. It was the second consecutive season a Hurricanes rookie scored his first playoff goal in his playoff debut. Then-rookie Josef Vasicek beat Brodeur for his first playoff goal in Game 1 at New Jersey on April 12, 2001.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 1-0-0-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 0-0-0-0
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 1-of-3 (33.3%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 4-of-5 (80.0%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Defenseman Glen Wesley suffered a separated right shoulder against New Jersey (4/3) and is day-to-day.
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 four games to two 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.

NEW JERSEY NOTES
The two-time defending Eastern Conference champion Devils were without center Joe Nieuwendyk (stomach virus), right wing Petr Sykora (foot), right wing Scott Gomez (broken hand) and defenseman Stephane Richer (bruised foot) in Game 1.

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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