The win evens the first round Stanley Cup playoff series at one game a piece. From AP-
A couple of fortunate bounces got the Carolina Hurricanes even in the their playoff series with the New Jersey Devils and made an earlier dismal performance by the ‘Candy Canes’ seem a distant memory.
Defenseman Tim Gleason scored his first NHL playoff goal and first of the season with a slap shot off the skate of a Devils defenseman at 2:40 of overtime, and the Hurricanes beat the Devils 2-1 Friday night, tying their first round playoff series at a game apiece.
“It was a good pass by Joe Corvo,” Gleason said after his shot from the point deflected off the skate of Niklas Havelid into the net. “He laid it right out there for me. Eric Staal had a great screen in front of the net. I closed my eyes and shot that thing as hard as I could.”
Havelid wasn’t sure if the puck hit him.
“It’s one of those unlucky ones,” Havelid said.
Unlucky for New Jersey but good luck for Carolina. Goals all season long are scored after being deflected.
An interesting fact about Carolina’s win- They are 5 for 5 in playoff games vs New Jersey that go to overtime. I still think New Jersey will come out on top in this series.
Elsewhere in the NHL playoffs.
Vancouver beat St. Louis 3-0 in spite of being out shot 30-27. Vancouver is now up two games to none I see the Blues making a quick exit. They may not even one game against the Vancouver Canucks.
Pittsburgh takes advantage of 5-3 overtime power play to beat Philadelphia 3-2. They are also up 2 games to none but I expect the Flyers not to go down quietly.
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