April 19, 2002Game 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
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
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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