Jersey G Brodeur credited with goal in win over Hurricanes
Martin Brodeur scored his third career goal and made 17 saves in his first game in a month, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Brodeur had been out since Feb. 21 with a pinched nerve in his upper back and neck. New Jersey went 3-8-2 in his absence.
Peter Harrold, Adam Henrique and Andrei Loktionov also scored to help the Devils snap a three-game losing streak.
Jeff Skinner had the Hurricanes' lone goal while Dan Ellis made 19 saves.
Carolina has dropped five in a row to fall from the top of the Southeast Division. The Hurricanes have been outscored 17-6 during that stretch.
Carolina and New Jersey opened the night tied in the Eastern Conference standings with 32 points apiece.
Brodeur got credit for the game's first goal when Carolina's Jordan Staal passed the puck back to the point from behind the net with a delayed penalty call pending against New Jersey's Marek Zidlicky.
The pass missed intended target Tim Gleason and bounced off the boards near center ice. Ellis had already skated toward the bench because of the delayed penalty and couldn't get back in time to prevent the puck from sliding into the net.
Because he was the last Devils player to touch the puck, Brodeur got credit for the score. With Carolina's Alexander Semin in the penalty box, it counted as a power-play goal.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Brodeur is the first goalie to score a power-play goal since Evgeni Nabokov for San Jose in 2002.
Brodeur made a series of tough saves after his goal, but after the Devils weathered that initial flurry, the Hurricanes had few quality chances for the remainder of the game. Carolina's 18 shots were a season low.
New Jersey broke the game open with two goals in a 46-second span in the second period.
Henrique scored after Adam Larsson's wrist shot from the point hit Ilya Kovalchuk in front of the Hurricanes' net. Henrique got his stick on the puck and lofted it past Ellis.
Harrold then made it made it 3-0 after Patrik Elias' shot from the slot was blocked. The puck bounced to Harrold, who backhanded it past Ellis from the left side.
Skinner spoiled Brodeur's bid for a shutout when his slap shot went in for a power-play goal with 8:33 left in the game.
Loktionov scored on a backhander with 3:06 remaining.
NOTES: Tuomo Ruutu played his first game of the season for the Hurricanes after undergoing hip surgery in December. . Carolina defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti appeared to injure his left arm after being tripped by New Jersey's Harri Pesonen into the boards with 9:15 remaining. He skated immediately to the dressing room and did not return. . Ellis left the game with 50.2 seconds left after sustaining a cut.
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First Period—1, New Jersey, Brodeur 1, 3:54 (pp). Penalties—Semin, Car (cross-checking), 3:33; Zidlicky, NJ (hooking), 3:54.
Second Period—2, New Jersey, Henrique 10 (Kovalchuk, Larsson), 12:52. 3, New Jersey, Harrold 2 (Elias, Zajac), 13:38. Penalties—Carter, NJ (roughing), 12:59; Bellemore, Car (roughing), 12:59.
Third Period—4, Carolina, Skinner 10 (E.Staal, J.Staal), 11:27 (pp). 5, New Jersey, Loktionov 5 (Bernier, Zajac), 16:54 (pp). Penalties—Tlusty, Car (high-sticking), 1:52; Pesonen, NJ (tripping), 10:45; E.Staal, Car (tripping), 15:36; Sestito, NJ (roughing), 19:09; Henrique, NJ (roughing), 19:09; Dwyer, Car (roughing), 19:09; Skinner, Car (roughing), 19:09.
Shots on Goal—New Jersey 4-12-6—22. Carolina 11-3-4—18.
Power-play opportunities—New Jersey 2 of 3; Carolina 1 of 2.
Goalies—New Jersey, Brodeur 9-2-3 (18 shots-17 saves). Carolina, Ellis 4-5-1 (22-18), Peters (19:09 third, 0-0).
A—16,941 (18,680). T—2:23.
Referees—Ian Walsh, Chris Rooney. Linesmen—Derek Amell, Don Henderson.