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REVIEW: HURRICANES 5, New Jersey Devils 0

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Arturs Irbe made 22 saves and defenseman Sean Hill had two goals and an assist as the Hurricanes defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-0 on Tuesday night.

Rod Brind'Amour, Sami Kapanen and Jeff O'Neill also scored as Carolina helped its playoff chances by ending a three-game winless streak (0-2-1) with its most one-sided win of the season. The Hurricanes now have 72 points, 10th in the Eastern Conference.

"To play a team like New Jersey and get points out of it was a bonus," Hill said. "We now have four games at home. This is when we have to make a move. All our guys are focusing on this."

The loss matched the Devils' worst of the season and it came just hours after Scott Niedermayer was suspended by the NHL for 10 games for hitting Florida's Peter Worrell on the helmet with his stick on Sunday.

"That was irrelevant," goaltender Chris Terreri said. "They just outplayed us, plain and simple."

Brind'Amour gave Carolina the only goal it would need with a short-handed tally with 33 seconds left in the first period. Hill fired the puck from center ice, but it was knocked down by Jason Arnott on the way toward the goal.

Brind'Amour swooped in and was stopped by Terreri on his initial shot, but he slid the rebound into the net.

The Hurricanes blew the game open with three more in the second period, Hill connecting twice on the power play with shots from the point off passes from Ron Francis and Paul Coffey.

"The power play worked well tongiht," Hill said. "Two passes from Hall of Famers -- you can see why they're headed there. All I had to do is swing and hit the puck."

Kapanen got his on a nice 2-on-1 with Francis, tapping his own rebound under Terreri.

"We didn't do any of the little things right," said Terreri, who faced 37 shots. "We have to realize that teams come in here now who are fighting for their lives. They are going to have a playoff-type pace to their game and we have to pick it up."

O'Neill scored on a backhander from the circle early in the third period to close out the scoring.

The shutout was the fourth of the season and 23rd of his career for Irbe.

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Carolina 1 3 1--5

New Jersey 0 0 0--0

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FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Carolina, Brind'amour 9 (shorthanded)(Hill), 19:27. Penalties: Oneill, Car (Obstr tripping), 6:48; Halko, Car(tripping), 19:00.

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 2, Carolina, Hill 11 (power play) (Coffey),3:34. 3, Carolina, Kapanen 23 (Francis, Roberts), 14:09. 4, Carolina, Hill12 (power play) (Francis, Kapanen), 16:41. Penalties: Arnott, N.J.(holding), 2:50; Hill, Car (roughing), 8:14; Lemieux, N.J. (roughing),8:14; Malik, Car (slashing), 14:38; Lemieux, N.J. (slashing), 14:38;Quint, N.J. (Obstr hooking), 15:38; Kovalenko, Car (Obstr hooking), 17:13.

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 5, Carolina, Oneill 23 (unassisted), 1:52.Penalties: Karpa, Car (slashing, roughing), 1:03; Arnott, N.J. (roughing),1:03; Elias, N.J. (slashing), 1:03; Oliwa, N.J. (cross checking,roughing), 5:34; G Wesley, Car (hooking), 8:11; Gomez, N.J. (roughing),8:57; Karpa, Car (fighting major), 11:47; K Daneyko, N.J. (fightingmajor), 11:47; Oliwa, N.J. (roughing), 14:08; Oliwa, N.J. (misconduct),17:23.

Shots on goal:

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Carolina 10 12 15--37

New Jersey 7 10 5--22

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Power-play Conversions: Car - 2 of 6, Njd - 0 of 3. Goalies: Carolina,Irbe (22 shots, 22 saves; record: 28-25-9). New Jersey, Terreri (37, 32;record: 2-8-0). A:13,809. Referees: Leggo, S Walkom. Linesmen: DMccourt, Orourke.

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