Carolina 4, New Jersey 2

Boxscore | Recap
Monday, December 26, 2011 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New Jersey 19-15-0-1 8-6-0-1 11-9-0-0 L1
Carolina 12-19-4-2 8-10-0-2 4-9-4-0 W2

Recap

Cam Ward became the first goaltender to score in nearly six years Monday night, credited with a rare tally in the Carolina Hurricanes' 4-2 home victory over the New Jersey Devils.

Ward hit the scoresheet when a pass from New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk went the length of the ice and into an empty net.

It was the first goal by a netminder since Chris Mason tallied for Nashville in a game against the Phoenix Coyotes on April 25, 2006.

Brandon Sutter, Tuomo Ruutu and Anthony Stewart also tallied, Tim Brent notched two assists and Ward made 23 saves for the Hurricanes, who improved to 3-1-2 in their last six games and 4-6-2 under new coach Kirk Muller.

With Carolina down a man, Sutter opened the scoring midway through the first period, beating Johan Hedberg with a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle during a 2-on-1 rush. It was the league-worst 11th shorthanded tally allowed by the Devils this season.

Ruutu doubled the lead seven minutes into the second and Stewart ripped a shot past Hedberg from the left circle just over 10 minutes later for a 3-0 advantage.

David Clarkson spoiled Ward's shutout bid with less than 7 1/2 minutes remaining and Adam Henrique cut New Jersey's deficit to one with 2:20 to play.

But an errant pass by Kovalchuk in the final minute slid the length of the ice untouched into the Devils' net, giving Ward his first career goal and clinching the win for the Hurricanes.

Hedberg stopped 30 shots for New Jersey, which had its four-game road winning streak snapped. The Devils have lost eight of their last 11 visits to the RBC Center.

Top Game Performances

New Jersey   Carolina
David Clarkson 2 Points Tim Brent 2
David Clarkson 1 Goals Tuomo Ruutu 1
Anton Volchenkov 2 Assists Tim Brent 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals Brandon Sutter 1
Johan Hedberg .909 Save Percentage Cam Ward .920
Johan Hedberg 30 Saves Cam Ward 23

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
New Jersey 25 2 0-1 4-4 21 30
Carolina 33 4 0-4 1-1 4 29

Upcoming Games

  • Carolina will play their next game on the road against Carolina . The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .364 after a win and .308 after a loss.
  • New Jersey will play their next game at home against Buffalo . The Devils have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .600 after a loss.
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