NEWARK, N.J. — Patrick Dwyer scored shorthanded to cap a three-goal burst in the second period, and the Hurricanes snapped their six-game road losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Devils on Wednesday night.
Justin Faulk scored his first of the season, and Tuomo Ruutu and Ron Hainsey each had a goal for the Hurricanes, who opened a 4-1 lead and held on behind 19 saves from Cam Ward. Eric Staal's assist extended his season-best points streak to seven games.
Travis Zajac, Andy Greene and Jaromir Jagr scored for the Devils, who lost their third in a row, all with Martin Brodeur in goal.
Devils goalie Cory Schneider, expected to be No. 1A to Brodeur's No. 1 this season, said at the morning skate he was "frustrated" by the situation, similar to the one he was in with the Canucks. Schneider, obtained in an offseason trade, spent the past three seasons sharing a net with Roberto Luongo in Vancouver.
"I'd just like to see the ice a bit more is all," Schneider said.
Jagr cut the Devils' deficit to 4-3 with 1:47 left in the third period after the Devils went with an extra skater.
Faulk gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead in the first period before Ruutu, Hainsey and Dwyer each netted a goal in the second to make it 4-1.
Zajac's goal at 4:21 of the second had cut it to 2-1.
Ruutu made it 2-0 at 1:50 of the second after taking a backhand pass from behind the net from Staal.
Hainsey made it 3-1 with a slap shot that tipped off the stick of Devils center Patrik Elias and past Brodeur at 8:16.
Dwyer's shorthanded goal came at 15:43 on the first power play of the game for either team. Dwyer stole the puck from Greene and broke in alone, shifted the puck to his backhand and slid it between Brodeur's legs to make it 4-1.
Greene redeemed himself when he unloaded a slap shot that beat Ward, slicing the deficit to 4-2 at 8:30 of the third period. Greene's third goal of the season was set up by Elias and Steve Bernier.
Carolina struck at the 6:44 mark of the first period when Faulk fired a low shot from the right point that beat Brodeur to the glove side.
There were no penalties in the first period, with Carolina gaining a 12-6 advantage in shots. Overall the shots were even at 22, with Brodeur stopping 18 before a sellout crowd of 16,592.
Concussion lawsuit: The number of former players involved a class-action suit against the league grew in 48 hours from the original group of 10 plaintiffs to more than 200, one of the lawyers working on the case told Canada's Sportsnet TV network. The suit alleges that the NHL failed to do enough to protect its players from and educate them about the dangers of head injuries.
Around the league: Penguins top-two defenseman Paul Martin will miss four to six weeks after fracturing a tibia in an overtime loss to Boston on Monday. Martin, who played the whole game, probably won't need surgery, coach Dan Bylsma said. The Penguins play the Lightning on Friday. … Canadiens assistant general manager Rick Dudley agreed to a more lucrative deal to stay after the Sabres approached Mont for permission to speak to the former Sabres player and coach, and Lightning GM, about Buff's GM job, Canada's TSN TV network reported. … The deadline for submitting Olympic rosters has been pushed back to Jan. 7. Originally, national federations had until Dec. 31. European countries sought a later roster date. The tournament in Sochi, Russia, begins Feb. 12. The United States will still disclose its men's and women's rosters Jan. 1 in conjunction with the Winter Classic.
First Period—1, Car, Faulk 1 (Tlusty, Malhotra), 6:44. Penalties—None.
Second Period—2, Car, Ruutu 3 (E.Staal, Sekera), 1:50. 3, NJ, T.Zajac 4 (Zubrus, Greene), 4:21. 4, Car, Hainsey 3 (Dvorak, Sekera), 8:16. 5, Car, Dwyer 4, 15:43 (sh). Penalties—Hainsey, Car (hooking), 14:58.
Third Period—6, NJ, Greene 3 (Elias), 8:30. 7, NJ, Jagr 10 (Gelinas, Elias), 18:13. Penalties—Zidlicky, NJ (high-sticking), :24. Shots on Goal—Car 12-7-3—22. NJ 6-7-9—22. Power-play opportunities—Car 0 of 1; NJ 0 of 1. Goalies—Car, Ward 4-3-4 (22 shots-19 saves). NJ, Brodeur 7-6-2 (22-18).
First Period—1, Mont, Galchenyuk 6 (Markov, Eller), 17:21. Penalties—Galchenyuk, Mon, double minor (high-sticking), 7:54; Moulson, Buf (tripping), 19:16.
Second Period—2, Mont, Desharnais 2 (Subban, Markov), 13:44 (pp). 3, Buff, Moulson 9 (Stafford), 17:30. Penalties—Foligno, Buf (roughing), 12:25.
Third Period—4, Mont, Gallagher 9 (Desharnais, Markov), 18:16 (pp). Penalties—Murray, Mon, major (fighting), 6:34; Scott, Buf, major (fighting), 6:34; Myers, Buf (boarding), 11:17; Ennis, Buf (interference), 17:02. Shots on Goal—Mont 9-7-15—31. Buff 5-9-11—25. Power-play opportunities—Mont 2 of 4; Buff 0 of 2. Goalies—Mont, Price 10-8-2 (25 shots-24 saves). Buff, Miller 4-15-0 (31-28).
First Period—None. Penalties—Jokinen, Wpg (interference), 10:39; Frolik, Wpg (slashing), 16:16.
Second Period—1, Wpg, Stuart 1 (Wright), 11:27. 2, Wpg, Ladd 7 (Wheeler, Little), 14:39. 3, Wpg, Setoguchi 6 (Ellerby, Scheifele), 16:42. 4, NYI, MacDonald 2 (Vanek, Tavares), 17:49 (pp). Penalties—Jokinen, Wpg (boarding), 17:07.
Third Period—5, NYI, Tavares 11 (Carkner, Nelson), 14:01. Penalties—Vanek, NYI (tripping), 6:37; Trouba, Wpg (hooking), 14:54; Bouchard, NYI (hooking), 17:44. Shots on Goal—Wpg 11-11-7—29. NYI 13-7-10—30. Power-play opportunities—Wpg 0 of 2; NYI 1 of 4. Goalies—Wpg, Montoya 3-2-1 (30 shots-28 saves). NYI, Poulin 3-9-0 (29-26).
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First Period—1, Nash, Cullen 5 (Ellis, Spaling), 9:58. Penalties—Savard, Clm (hooking), 3:00; Atkinson, Clm (hooking), 19:29.
Second Period—2, Nash, Fisher 5 (Bourque, Josi), :54 (pp). 3, Nash, Legwand 5 (Stalberg, Bourque), 8:56. Penalties—Clune, Nas (hooking), 16:22.
Third Period—4, Nash, Spaling 4 (Cullen, Ellis), 2:02. Penalties—Comeau, Clm (tripping), 12:23; C.Smith, Nas (delay of game), 19:33. Shots on Goal—Nash 14-11-4—29. Clm 4-8-7—19. Power-play opportunities—Nash 1 of 3; Clm 0 of 2. Goalies—Nash, Mazanec 5-3-0 (19 shots-19 saves). Clm, Bobrovsky 8-11-2 (29-25).