Gleason helps Hurricanes even series

NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — Defenseman Tim Gleason scored his
first NHL playoff goal on a slap shot at 2:40 of overtime and
the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 Friday
night, tying their first round playoff series at a game apiece.

Gleason’s shot from the right point appeared to hit the skate of
Devils defenseman Niclas Havelid and carom past defenseless
goalie Martin Brodeur.

Eric Staal, who provided a screen in front of Brodeur, scored
the other goal for the Hurricanes. Carolina, which lost the
series opener 4-1 on Wednesday, seemed to find its game in the
second period on Friday.

Zach Parise tallied for the Devils, who lost captain Jamie
Langenbrunner to a lower body injury in the second period.

Carolina nearly won the game less than a minute earlier on a
similar play. Defenseman Joni Pitkanen took a shot from the left
circle that appeared to hit a Devils defenseman and Rod
Brind’Amour before clanging off the goal post.

Brodeur, who finished with 30 saves, wasn’t so lucky the second
time as Carolina beat New Jersey for the fifth time in five
postseason overtime games. Carolina’s Cam Ward made 33 saves for
the win.

The Hurricanes killed 5 of 6 Devils power plays, including a
couple which resulted after foolish penalties.

New Jersey had a great chance to take the lead early in the
third period, but 45-goal scorer Zach Parise banged a shot off
the left post on a 2-on-1 break.

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Ward was also good in the third period, making outstanding glove
saves on Bryce Salvador with 10:55 left in regulation and
another against Travis Zajac with 3:07 to go.

Brodeur’s best stop was a save on Staal after a
length-of-the-ice rush with 4:50 to go in the third period.

Although outplayed in the opening period, the Hurricanes tied it
at 1-all on a late power-play goal by Staal. Ray Whitney took a
pass from Sergei Samsonov and missed the net with his shot from
straight on. However, the puck hit off the end boards and came
right back out in front, catching Brodeur off guard and giving
Staal an open net to score with 35 seconds left in the period.

New Jersey had taken the lead on its second power play. Parise
netted his second goal of the series, deflecting a point shot by
defenseman Paul Martin past Ward.

The goal came 26 seconds after Zajac had a goal nullified by
referee Mike Hasenfratz for hitting a rebound into the net with
a high stick.

Tuomo Ruutu of Carolina banged a shot off the post with 5:49
left in the period.