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Samsonov's second goal lifts Carolina past New Jersey 2-1 in OT

Samsonov's second goal lifts Carolina past New Jersey 2-1 in OT

Carolina's Sergei Samsonov scored twice, including the overtime winner, on Tuesday to snap the Hurricanes' dismal NHL losing streak against the New Jersey Devils.
The Russian forward tapped in his own rebound with 3:24 left in overtime to finally give Carolina some joy against the Devils, who had been 9-2-0 against the Hurricanes since 2002 and won all three prior games this season.
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina won its third straight.
"It was a good measuring stick for us," Samsonov said. "We got beat, three games in a row, pretty bad. It was in the back of our minds, no doubt. It was an important game just to prove to ourselves that we can match against anybody."
Samsonov's winner came after he streaked down the boards to chase down a pass from Scott Walker, threw the puck toward Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur and then slipped the rebound past the goalie's stick for his fifth goal in eight games.
"The puck was kind of bobbling a little bit. I just figured I'd take a shot and see what happens," Samsonov said. "I went to the net, and luckily it just bounced to my stick. It's nice to get those bounces once in a while."
He has nine goals and nine assists in 22 games since Carolina acquired him from Chicago on Jan. 8. His 15 career goals against the Devils are the most for any active player on Carolina's roster.


Updated : 2020-11-30 10:23 GMT+08:00