David Clarkson felt he should have scored his 10th goal of the season, perhaps changing the outcome of last night’s game, but the Devils’ right wing was stopped by Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward 25 seconds into the third period.

"If I put that in it could be a different game," Clarkson said. "I have to bear down there. I wish I could have that one back for sure. If I would’ve held it for a split second (Ward) was sliding. I kind of got a little excited."

• Defenseman Mark Fayne missed the morning skate because of a death in his family. He returned in time to play the game.

He finished minus-1 and was in the penalty box when the Hurricanes scored the winning goal.

"Difficult circumstances," coach Pete DeBoer said. "I had a conversation with him. He felt comfortable he could handle it and, to his credit, he did."

• The Devils refused to blame the loss on fatigue due to the difficult schedule, but was this a "trap game" after a weekend sweep of the Penguins and a big game against the Flyers Friday night?

"No, I don’t think so. We talked about that," DeBoer said. "These two points are the same two points that are on the table in those Pittsburgh games."

Martin Brodeur offered one key point.

"We tried to talk about it. It’s always hard to come back and play a team that you don’t have a rivalry with or they’re not close to you in the standings," Brodeur said.

•…Brodeur said he didn’t see Jussi Jokinen get the puck from Joe Corvo on Carolina’s first goal.