Jiri Tlusty scored twice for the second consecutive night and Jussi Jokinen finally notched his first tally of the season to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-2 victory in New Jersey, closing out their six-game road trip at an impressive 4-1-1. Here's a closer look at the Canes' win.
1. Who would have thought the best thing that could happen to the Carolina penalty kill was to give up a goal? Ilya Kovalchuk's rocket from the blue line found the back of the net at 15:59 of the first period, but was waved off and not verified until three minutes later, when a stoppage finally led to a review and confirmation that the puck had quickly bounced out of the net after beating Cam Ward. What Carolina got from it was a chance to kill off the power play, even though it all wound up not mattering on the scoreboard. From there the Hurricanes killed off the Devils’ other three power plays of the night, snapping a five-goals-allowed-in-six-tries run that had many wondering what was going on with the team's play with a man in the box. You can bet that coach Kirk Muller will utilize the three days off following Thursday's home game against Toronto to shore up the 28th-ranked penalty kill, but Tuesday they found a way to get it done.
Game Analysis: Hurricanes At Devils
Canes Country | Feb 13