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Carolina gets some lucky bounces on road

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The way the season has been going
for the New Jersey Devils, it's not surprising the Carolina
Hurricanes got the benefit of a couple of third-period bounces.

Defenseman Aaron Ward scored with 2:53 to play on a shot that
hit off two players as Carolina Hurricanes rallied from a two-goal
deficit to tie the Devils 3-3 on Saturday.

Actually, both of Carolina's third-period goals hit off a Devil.
Rookie Erik Cole scored on a shot that hit the skate of New Jersey
defenseman Brian Rafalski and deflected past goaltender Martin
Brodeur.

"That's just the luck we are having," Brodeur said. "But when
you put yourself in position where you are desperate all the time,
bounces like that will happen."

The Devils seemed to be on the verge of their first two-game
winning streak since Jan. 1 when Petr Sykora scored early in the
third period to stake New Jersey to a 3-1 lead.

Cole narrowed the gap to a goal when his pass on a 3-on-1 break
deflected off the tip of Rafalski's skate.

Ward's second goal in three games was just as fluky. Cole took a
shot that hit off defenseman Colin White and bounced to Ward, who
had just stepped off the bench.

"It was just kind of sitting there," Ward said of his shot
from the right point. "We were on a line change. They were yelling
at me to hop into the play because we were down a goal."

Ward's shot left Brodeur shaking his head.

"It went off two guys," said Brodeur, who had 22 saves.

"We're mad, but there's nothing you can do about a couple of
those breaks," Devils captain Scott Stevens said.

The Devils could have used the extra point. Their 49 points
leaves them in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, the final
playoff position.

Carolina coach Paul Maurice was thrilled after the game.

"New Jersey is still a very strong, powerful team," he said.
"But we like the way we compete against anybody."

Bret Hedican also scored and Tom Barrasso had 23 saves as
Carolina stretched its unbeaten streak to three games (1-0-2).

Jason Arnott, Petr Sykora and John Madden scored for the Devils.

Barrasso had one good save in the overtime, a pad stop on
Arnott.

Sykora, who has 11 career goals in 21 games against Carolina,
beat Barrasso at 1:23 of the third period after taking a drop pass
from Patrik Elias. It was his eighth goal in nine games.

Sykora also missed the net on a one-on-one chance in close in
the overtime.

After the former Panthers' combination of Kevyn Adams and
Hedican combined to give Carolina a 1-0 lead early in the second
period, Madden and Arnott scored to give the Devils a 2-1 lead
entering the third period.

Madden got his eighth goal of the season just 61 seconds after
Hedican. Jay Pandolfo set it up by collecting a loose puck along
the left sideboards and then finding Madden for a shot from between
the circles 3:17.

Arnott gave New Jersey the lead after Hedican got an iffy
penalty for hooking Sergei Brylin. Barrasso made the initial stop
on a shot from the point by Rafalski but he didn't have a chance
after Arnott got the rebound.

Adams outhustled two Devils to a puck behind the New Jersey and
found Hedican in the left faceoff circle for a shot that beat
Brodeur.

Game notes
Chris Dingman returned to the Hurricanes lineup after
missing 17 games with a knee injury. ... Valeri Kamensky, acquired
in a trade with Dallas earlier this week, played in his first game
with New Jersey. ... After selling out only once in their first 24
home games, the Devils have had two sellouts in a row. ... Nine of
the Devils last 11 games have been decided by one goal or less. New
Jersey is 3-5-1 in those one-goal games...Since being reunited on
Thursday, the Devils' A-line of Elias-Arnott and Sykora has four
goals.