New Jersey 5, Carolina 0

Saturday, March 31, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New Jersey 45-28-2-4 22-13-0-4 23-15-2-0 W3
Carolina 31-32-10-6 19-14-2-5 12-18-8-1 L2


DEVILS 5, HURRICANES 0: Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists and New Jersey clinched a playoff berth by steamrolling host Carolina.

Martin Brodeur earned his NHL-record 119th career shutout by turning aside 22 shots against the lifeless Hurricanes, who were eliminated from postseason contention Friday night.

Petr Sykora added a goal and an assist and David Clarkson, Ryan Carter and captain Zach Parise also tallied for the Devils, who missed the playoffs last season to end a string of 13 straight postseason appearances.

Brodeur won his third straight start and notched his third shutout of the season while blanking Carolina for the ninth time in his career.

After Clarkson's power-play goal beat Brian Boucher with only 22 seconds left in the first period staked Brodeur to a 1-0 lead, the Devils quickly broke it open in the second period.

Kovalchuk scored his team-high 34th goal at 1:44 and Carter finished off a 2-on-1 just 1:44 later to build the lead to 3-0.

Sykora put the game out of reach on a blast off the faceoff with 2 1/2 minutes left in the period as the Devils beat the Hurricanes for the sixth time in seven meetings.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Elias had his second straight game with two assists and needs one more to reach 50 for the second time in his career. ... Kovalchuk's three points allowed him to register his sixth career 80-point season and gave him 70 points (34 goals, 36 assists) in 56 career games against Carolina. ... Devils rookie defenseman Adam Larsson was a healthy scratch for the third straight game. ... Boucher fell to 7-4-1 in his last 12 meetings against New Jersey.

Top Game Performances

New Jersey   Carolina
Ilya Kovalchuk 3 Points N/A
Ilya Kovalchuk 1 Goals N/A
Ilya Kovalchuk 2 Assists N/A
David Clarkson 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Martin Brodeur 1.000 Save Percentage Brian Boucher .839
Martin Brodeur 22 Saves Brian Boucher 26

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
New Jersey 31 5 1-4 4-4 8 24
Carolina 22 0 0-4 3-4 8 28

Upcoming Games

  • Carolina will play its next game on the road against Ottawa. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .323 after a win and .438 after a loss.
  • New Jersey will play its next game at home against NY Islanders. The Devils have a W/L % of .578 after a win and .559 after a loss.
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