It took 58 minutes for the Canes offense to get going but with 1:20 left in the game Jussi "The Juice" Jokinen scored his third career playoff goal to give the Canes a 3-3 tie.
With 30 seconds left a great pass off of the boards by Chad LaRose gave Eric Staal a scoring chance and the game winning goal as the Carolina Hurricanes upset the New Jersey Devils 4-3, winning in game seven and making Carolina history as they delivered their first ever game seven victory on the road in Newark, New Jersey.
With their victory, the Carolina Hurricanes will now face the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
In what I believe was one of the most evenly matched playoff series of all time, the Hurricanes won the seventh game after the Devils and Hurricanes alternated wins and losses through the first six games.
Martin Brodeur and Cam Ward both were heroes for both teams, but tonight Martin Brodeur let in a few soft goals that he should have made saves on, including the opening goal by Tuomo Ruutu and the game-winning goal by Eric Staal.
Cam Ward is playing hockey like his rookie season when he won the Conn-Smythe trophy, and the Hurricanes have an unspoken hero who is playing for more than just himself.
His name is Jussi Jokinen (The Juice). On March 2nd, he left the Carolina Hurricanes and went to Finland for a week due to the death of his father. Before that time, he had 21 points for the Lightning and Hurricanes. In the past month of play including the playoffs he has two game winning goals and ten points for the Hurricanes.
Jussi was on the waiver wire once this season and eventually was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes where he made Raleigh his new home.
Welcome to the Hurricanes Jussi!