With the recent trades by the Carolina Hurricanes, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see left-winger Ray Whitney be dealt before the trade deadline.
If this was his last home game, he made it memorable for the Hurricanes.
Whitney and Jussi Jokinen each scored two goals to lead the Hurricanes past the New Jersey Devils, 5-2.
Whitney broke the game open with two powerplay goals in the second period. His first powerplay goal, at 4:34 of the period, came on a 5-on-3 opportunity. With Devils players Dainius Zubrus and Rob Niedermayer in the box, Erik Staal carried the puck into the Devils zone. He stopped at the top of the left circle and passed the puck cross-ice to Whitney. Whitney one-timed the puck past a diving Martin Brodeur for the goal.
Whitney scored his second powerplay goal a minute later. With Niedermayer serving the rest of his penalty, Tim Gleason fired a shot that beat Brodeur and hit the right post. The puck sat in the crease, and as Brodeur dove back to get the puck, Whitney came into the crease and tapped home the loose puck for the goal.
Carolina went 2-for-4 with the man advantage in the game.
Whitney set up Jokinen for his first goal at 3:27 of the third period. Whitney held the puck along the boards and spun to get away from Devils center Travis Zajac. He passed the puck cross-ice to Jussi Jokinen, who beat Brodeur with a one-timer from the left circle for the goal.
After that goal, with the Devils facing a 4-0 deficit, Devils coach Jacques Lemaire pulled Brodeur and inserted Yann Danis.
The Devils came within two after Brodeur was pulled.
Zach Parise broke the shutout with his 28th goal at 7:26 of the period. Devils left winger Ilya Kovalchuk carried the puck into the Hurricanes zone, but lost the puck in the slot. Parise picked up the puck and put a shot on net. The rebound came to his stick, and he beat Hurrcianes goalie Justin Peters for the goal.
Brian Rolston scored a powerplay goal at 17:02 to cut the deficit to two. With Staal in the box for roughing, Zajac set up along the goal line. Rolston came down from the point alone, and Zajac fed him with a pass across the crease. Rolston put the puck to the top of the net for his 17th goal of the year.
But the comeback would fall short as Jokinen iced the victory.
After pulling Danis, Kovalchuk carried the puck to the Hurricanes blue line. Jokinen stripped him of the puck and picked it up in the Devils zone. As Devils defenseman Mike Mottau came over to block the puck, Jokinen lifted the puck into the empty net for his second goal of the game.
With the win, the Hurricanes go into the break winning five in a row and six straight on their home ice. The Devils limp into the break with a 5-10-2 record in their last 17 games.
Hurricanes rookie Zach Boychuk scored his first NHL goal in the first period…The Devils went 1-for-4 tonight on the powerplay…Devils rookie defenseman Matt Corrente and Hurricane’s right-winger Tom Kostopoulos fought at 6:25 of the period. Corrente won the fight…Rolston had a goal disallowed at 11:04 in the second period. After originally being ruled a goal, the video review showed officials in Toronto that Rolston used a “distinct kicking motion” to put the puck in the net.