In a game that saw the return of the real Carolina Hurricanes, the New Jersey Devils suffered 2 horrible losses, the game and their captain Jamie Langenbrunner.
With a good start the New Jersey Devils established their domination on the fore check but could only cash in on 1-6 power plays which proved ultimately to be their demise.
Zach Parise opened the scoring twice on the power play the first was called back on a high stick and the second was one of his patented tip ins from a point shot. The 2 teams battled all night in little battles throughout and the Carolina Hurricanes have to be credited in playing a perfect road game. They rope a doped all night and counterpunched when it mattered in overtime to go 5-0 lifetime against the Devils. Eric Stall tied the game on a lucky rebound that bounced off the back board’s right to his stick to beat an out of position Martin Brodeur. Brodeur played ok but in no way did he step up and I am still waiting for him to steal a game in this series. An unlikely hero Tim Gleason ended the game early on point shot that tipped of Niclaus Havelid and went 5 hole on Brodeur to tie this series up to send it back to Raleigh NC for game 3.
The big question has to be the status of Jamie Langenbrunner who left late in the 2nd period on what appears to be a groin issue. He has been this team’s leader and spark
plug all season long. He has had a career year and all season long he has scored timely goals for the Devils. The likes of Rolston, Gionta, Zubruis, and Shanahan will have to step it up in order to replace the void that this injury leaves.
The Canes now have home ice advantage and if they win out at home then they will advance to the 2nd round of the playoffs and the New Jersey Devils will be left scratching
their heads after such a promising season. The Devils will have to dig deep without their captain to try and gain a split in Raleigh as the Canes will come out flying in game 3 to build on this overtime victory. This was what everyone expected from these 2 teams coming into this series and the rest of the series will more than likely come down to a bounce here and a bounce there.
Jersey Jay aka Jayson Saikaley
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