The second overall pick in 2003, Staal scored 11 goals and had
20 assists for Carolina in 2003-2004. So far this season, he
has five goals and three assists to rank among the league
leaders in points.
Staal scored a power-play tally to snap the Hurricanes' 0-for-17
drought and added three assists Wednesday to lead Carolina to a
7-2 triumph over the Washington Capitals.
Despite converting 3-of-22 power-play chances this season, the
Hurricanes will try to give coach Peter Laviolette his 100th
Brian Gionta scored New Jersey's only goal of Thursday's 4-1
loss to the New York Rangers. Usually reliable goaltender
Martin Brodeur gave up a pair of tallies 17 seconds apart in the
first period and the Devils never recovered.
The Devils have been shorthanded 33 times this season and have
had a tendency to get off to slow starts in most of their games.
They were outshot, 14-2, in the first 10 minutes on Opening
Night against Pittsburgh, 13-1, in the first period of a victory
over the Rangers last Saturday and fell behind, 3-0, to New
York on Thursday.
New Jersey won three of the four meetings against Carolina in
2003-2004 and have a 23-15-2 mark in the last 40 encounters at