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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.

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.


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