Newark, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils lost their third straight game tonight 4-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Devils started horrible, failing to register a shot until seven minutes into the first period, turning the puck over, and gave up a goal to Justin Faulk on a wrist shot from the point. Martin Brodeur was screened in front and had no idea where the puck was, it beat him over the left pad.
The second period did not go much better. Tuomo Ruutu opened the scoring just 1:50 into the period and the Canes added two more from Ron Hainsey and Patrick Dwyer.
Dwyer’s goal was the final nail in the coffin. While shorthanded, he blocked an attempted dump in by Andy Greene and caused a breakaway that he finished on a backhand through the five-hole.
The Devils did have a goal of their own at 4:21 by Travis Zajac on a two-on-one opportunity.
However, the third period was all Devils out shooting the Canes 9-3 and scoring two goals, pulling within one. Greene ripped a slap shot home at 8:30 and Jaromir Jagr scored his 691st career goal with just under two minutes left.
Goaltender Cam Ward robbed the Devils with a glove save on the goal line that would have led to the game being tied.
The loss brings the Devils down to 9-11-5 and will head down to Raleigh to face the same Hurricanes team on Friday.
Jagr’s goal brings him past Mario Lemieux for the ninth spot on the NHL all-time goal scoring list. He now trails Steve Yzerman by one goal and Mark Messier by three.
1st Star - Patrick Dwyer
2nd Star - Andy Greene
3rd Star - Andrej Sekera