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April 19, 2002
Game 2: Hurricanes Beat Devils 2-1 OT
    The New Jersey Devils were defeated, 2-1 in Raleigh, North Carolina by the Hurricanes on Friday, April 19, 2002.   The return of Joe Nieuwendyk and Petr Sykora was not enough to give the Devils the edge they needed to beat the Hurricanes.   The Devils now trail 0-2 in the series.
    There was no scoring in the first period.   The Devils outshot the Hurricanes 7-4 but won only 42% of the faceoffs.
    Bobby Holik gave the Devils a 1-0 lead just 37 seconds into the second period by putting a nice shot (from in close) between the legs of Irbe.   Holik's 1st goal of the playoffs was unassisted.
    Erik Cole tied the game with a power-play goal at 15:05 of the second period.
    The period ended with the game tied, 1-1.   The Devils outshot the Hurricanes 12-6 and won half of the faceoffs in the second.
    7:01 into the third period, Brian Rafalski beat Irbe with a long shot, but the goal was disallowed because the referee claimed that Patrik Elias interfered with Irbe (outside the crease).   Even though it appeared that Irbe moved into Elias, the goal was disallowed.
    13:18 into the third period, Jamie Langenbrunner was assessed a goaltender interference penalty, even though for the second time in the period, it appeared that Irbe initiated the contact by moving into the Devil player.
    Both calls were bad interpretations of Rule 78(b).   Even if the Devils player initiated the contact, in both cases, it could not be called anything but "incidental" - According to the rules, the goal should have been allowed and Langenbrunner should not have been called for the penalty.
    There were no allowed goals in the third period, so the game went to sudden-death overtime.   Carolina outshot New Jersey 10-9 in the third period.   The Hurricanes won 58% of the faceoffs through regulation time.
    Bates Battaglia scored for the Hurricanes at 15:26 of the overtime to win the game, 2-1.   Battaglia's goal was a deflection of a shot from Marek Malik - and Brodeur had no chance to stop it.
    The Devils outshot the Hurricanes 31-28 in the game, but won only 45% of the faceoffs.   45% was a 10% improvement over the Devils faceoff winning percentage in game 1.
    The win gives the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead in the series - the first time they have had a 2-0 lead in a playoff series since 1987.
    With this game, Martin Brodeur became only the second NHL goaltender to play in 100 consecutive playoff games with the same team.
    Mike Commodore, Andrei Zyuzin, Christian Berglund, and Andreas Salomonsson were healthy scratches.   Scott Gomez (hand) and Stephane Richer (foot) were also scratches for the Devils.

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