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April 24, 2002
Game 5: Devils BLOW IT, Lose in Overtime
    8:16 of sudden-death overtime was played before the Devils lost, 3-2 to the Hurricanes in Raleigh, North Carolina on Wednesday, April 24, 2002.   The Devils had a 2-1 lead with less than 1:30 to go in regulation time, but a late Hurricanes power-play goal sent the game to overtime.   The Hurricanes now lead the series, 3 games to 2.
    Paul Maurice opted to start Kevin Weekes in goal, instead of Arturs Irbe.   Irbe was solid in games 1 and 2 at home, but struggled in New Jersey.   He was removed from net early in games 3 and 4, playing just under a total of 41 minutes in the two games.
    There was no scoring in the first period.   The Devils outshot the Hurricanes 14-7 in the period.
    Bobby Holik beat Weekes at 11:30 of the second period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.   Holik's 4th goal of the playoffs was assisted by Andreas Salomonsson and Sergei Brylin.   Holik has scored the first goal of the game 3 times now in this series.
    Martin Gelinas tied the game, 1-1 at 13:44 of the second period with a shot that Brodeur probably should have gotten.
    The second ended with the game still tied, 1-1.   The Devils outshot the Hurricanes 14-12 in the period.
    Patrik Elias got a power-play goal at 11:46 of the third period to give the Devils a 2-1 lead.   Elias's 2nd goal of the playoffs was assisted by Brian Rafalski and Jamie Langenbrunner.
    Jeff O'Neill scored on the power-play with just 1:29 left in regulation time to tie the game, 2-2.   Brodeur had the puck and both Rod Brind'Amour and Colin White on his back, but now whistle.   O'Neill jabbed at Brodeur and the puck repeatedly, and it crossed the line.
    Regulation time ended with the game tied, 2-2.   Through three periods, the Devils outshot the Hurricanes, 37-33 and won 53% of the faceoffs.
    Stephane Richer (third overall with four career overtime playoff goals - only Glenn Anderson[5] and Maurice "The Rocket" Richard[6] have more) and John Madden had a glorious chances to win the game for the Devils at 4:22 and 4:24 in overtime, but Weekes managed to make spectular saves.
    Josef Vasicek won the game at 8:16 of the overtime period.   Svoboda and Gelinas got assists on the game-winner.
    The Hurricanes outplayed the Devils physically in the game, outhitting them 52-36.
    Bobby Holik lead the team with an astounding 12 shots on goal - a new single-game Devils playoff record.
    Kevin Weekes, got his first career NHL playoff win - in this his first NHL playoff start.   He played a solid game and will likely start game 6 in New Jersey.
    Petr Sykora was scratched due to the lingering effects of an ankle injury.   Turner Stevenson participated in the pre-game skate, but was not in the lineup.
    Each team had five power-play opportunities and managed to score once with the man-advantage.
    The attendance for the game was 18,336 - almost a sellout.

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