April 24, 2002Game 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
Stephane Richer (third overall with four career overtime
playoff goals - only Glenn Anderson and Maurice "The Rocket" Richard
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
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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