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April 21, 2009
Round 1 Game 4: Refs Give Win to Hurricanes

    After a weak start to game four of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Devils were making a comeback on Tuesday, April 21, 2009.   That comeback in the end was thwarted by the on-ice officials.   New Jersey recovered from a 0-3 deficit before Martin Brodeur was interefered with - leading to a Carolina goal with just 0.2 seconds remaining.

    The best-of-seven series is now tied, 2-2.

    Eric Staal beat Martin Brodeur at 7:44 of the first period to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead.   Ryan Bayda made it 2-0 with a goal just 1:03 later.

    The first period ended with the Hurricanes leading, 2-0.   The Hurricanes outshot the Devils 15-7 in the period.

    Chad Larose scored at 6:30 of the second period to give Carolina a commanding 3-0 lead.

    Brian Gionta got the Devils on the board with a great breakaway goal with just 28 seconds remaining in the second period.   Mike Mottau and Brian Rolston assisted on Gionta's second goal of the playoffs.

    The Hurricanes outshot the Devils 22-10 in the second period, which ended with the Canes leading, 2-1.

    Brendan Shanahan got the Devils within a goal of Carolina at 4:21 of the third period.   Brian Gionta and Niclas Havelid assisted on Shanahan's first goal of the playoffs.

    David Clarkson tied the game with a goal that beat Cam Ward at 8:46.   Bobby Holik and Paul Martin assisted on Clarkson's first of the post-season.

    A clear goaltender interference was not called, by a referee that was STARING at the incident, led to a Carolina goal from Jussi Jokinen with just 0.2 seconds remaining.


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