GAME 6 - EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
#8 CAROLINA HURRICANES (2-3)
#1 NEW JERSEY DEVILS (3-2)
Sunday, April 22, 2001 at 3:00 p.m.
The Hurricanes meet the New Jersey Devils in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The Stanley Cup Champion Devils captured the first three games of the series, taking a 5-1 win on April 12 and shutting out Carolina 2-0 on April 15 and 4-0 on April 17. The Hurricanes responded with a 3-2 OT win on April 18 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena and a 3-2 victory on April 20 in New Jersey. Carolina is the first NHL team to force a Game Six after trailing 3-0 in a Stanley Cup Playoff Series since the Whalers did so in the 1988 Division Semifinals against the Montreal Canadiens. The Whalers were eliminated that year in Game Six, falling to Montreal 2-1 in Hartford. Sami Kapanen (2g, 2a) and Rod Brind’Amour (1g, 3a) each have four points in the last two games. The team is now 7-9 all-time when facing playoff elimination. Five of the nine times the team has been eliminated from the playoffs have come in overtime.
April 22SundayESAPG Ice
April 24TuesdayNJ11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
ON THE AIR:
National Television: ESPN
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); 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); WSJS 600-AM (Winston-Salem).
Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe is 2-0 with a goals against average of 1.98 and a save percentage of .945 in the last two games. Irbe was 0-3 with a goals against average of 3.69 and a save percentage of .876 through the first three games of the series… Carolina Hurricanes skaters have blocked 73 shots during the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against New Jersey. The Devils have blocked 42 Carolina shots. Kevin Hatcher leads all defensemen with 14 blocked shots in the series, including six in Game Five. Dave Karpa is second among all players in the series with nine blocked shots, one better than the Devils’ Ken Daneyko, who has eight.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 1-1 CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 1-2 CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 2-of- 23 (8.7%) CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 21-of-22 (95.5%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Shane Willis is day-to-day with a slight concussion.
Ron Francis is day-to-day with a slight concussion.
Marek Malik is day-to-day with a groin injury.
GAME ONE: Devils 5, Hurricanes 1
The top-seeded New Jersey Devils outshot the Carolina Hurricanes 36-18 in rolling to a 5-1 victory in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Continental Airlines Arena. Josef Vasicek scored the lone goal for Carolina, the first franchise rookie to find the net in his first playoff game since Todd Krygier did it in 1990. Arturs Irbe allowed five goals on 36 shots for the Hurricanes.
GAME TWO: Devils 2, Hurricanes 0
New Jersey’s Alexander Mogilny found the net just 4:16 into the first period of Game Two, and the goal would be enough as the Devils held on for a 2-0 victory at Continental Airlines Arena. Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe made 27 saves in the losing effort. The Hurricanes were outshot 29-18, but held the Devils scoreless on five power plays.
GAME THREE: Devils 4, Hurricanes 0
The Carolina Hurricanes racked up a franchise-playoff record 71 penalty minutes in a losing effort on Tuesday night, falling 4-0 to the New Jersey Devils. The two teams combined for 104 penalty minutes in the game - tying the franchise playoff record set on April 11, 1991, a 6-1 loss at the Boston Bruins in the Division Semifinals. The previous franchise high for penalty minutes in a game - 61 - was set in that game. Arturs Irbe made 20 saves for the Hurricanes in Game Three, as New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur earned his second consecutive shutout.
GAME FOUR: Hurricanes 3, Devils 2 (OT)
Rod Brind’Amour scored 46 seconds into overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes avoided elimination with a 3-2 overtime win at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Brind’Amour (1g, 2a) and Sami Kapanen (1g, 2a) were both part of all three scoring plays for the Hurricanes. David Tanabe scored the other goal for the Hurricanes, who won their first playoff game since April 26, 1999. Arturs Irbe made 32 saves for Carolina.
GAME FIVE: Hurricanes 3, Devils 2
Arturs Irbe stopped 37 New Jersey shots to send the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series back to Raleigh with a 3-2 Carolina win at the Continental Airlines Arena. Josef Vasicek and Sami Kapanen each scored their second goals of the playoffs and Jeff O’Neill (1g, 1a) scored his first career playoff goal to lead the Hurricanes.
CAROLINA / NEW JERSEY SERIES (regular season):
The New Jersey Devils won the regular season series against the Hurricanes 2-1-1. Three of the four games were decided by one goal or less - a 3-2 Carolina home win on Feb. 23, a 3-2 New Jersey OT victory on Nov. 18, and a 3-3 tie in Raleigh on Oct. 27. The Devils won the most recent meeting, defeating Carolina 7-3 on March 2. Rod Brind’Amour led all Carolina scorers with four points (0g, 4a) against New Jersey. Shane Willis notched three goals against the Devils, including the game-winner on Feb. 23. New Jersey’s Patrik Elias had eight points (5g, 3a) in four games against Carolina this season. Carolina is 30-35-11-1 all-time against New Jersey, 14-21-3-1 on the road and 17-13-8 at home. Prior to this season, the two teams had never met in the postseason.
NEW JERSEY NOTES:
Former Whalers draft pick Bobby Holik leads all scorers in the series against his former team with five points (4g, 1a). Holik is tied for first in the league in playoff goal scoring with four goals, matching Colorado’s Joe Sakic and Chris Drury and St. Louis’ Dallas Drake.
NEW JERSEY AT HOME: 2-1 NEW JERSEY ON THE ROAD: 1-1 NEW JERSEY ON THE POWER PLAY: 1-of-22 (4.5%) NEW JERSEY SHORTHANDED: 21-of-23 (91.3%)
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS: