Defenceman Tim Gleason scored at 2:40 of overtime, giving Carolina a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night and tying the best-of-seven playoff series at 1-1.
"It was a good pass by Joe Corvo," Gleason said. "He laid it right out there for me. Eric Staal had a great screen in front of the net. I closed my eyes and shot that thing as hard as I could."
Gleason's slapshot from the blue-line appeared to hit Devils defenceman Niclas Havelid before it went past goaltender Martin Brodeur.
Havelid wasn't sure if it hit him.
"It's one of those unlucky ones," he said. "I can't tell. It might have hit me. I can't really tell. It was a bang-bang play. It doesn't matter who it hits, it went in the net."
Carolina nearly won the game less than a minute earlier on a similar play. Defenceman Joni Pitkanen took a shot from the left circle that appeared to hit a Devils defenceman and Rod Brind'Amour before ringing off the goal post.
"They put a lot of pressure in our zone for about a minute before they finally got the goal," Brodeur said.
"It was just a simple shot on net. It went off some bodies in front and found its way in. It's a typical overtime goal, I guess."
Flat no more
After being criticized by head coach Paul Maurice for a poor effort in a 4-1 loss in the opening game, the Hurricanes responded with a much better performance in Game 2.
"Obviously, we came out flat in [Game 1]," Gleason said. "We knew he had to change our game. We are a competitive team. We can be gritty.
"People sometimes say we're soft, 'candy 'Canes,' or whatever they use. It was a different story tonight. We came ready to play."
Zach Parise gave the Devils the lead in the first period, tipping in a slapshot from Paul Martin on the power play. Just seconds earlier, Parise had a goal waived off when officials ruled he knocked it in with a high stick.
Staal replied with a power-play goal for the Hurricanes in the final minute of the first period, taking advantage of a strange bounce off the end boards. It surprised Brodeur, catching him out of position and leaving Staal with a wide-open net.
More intensity seen
Staal played with more energy and intensity in Game 2 after being held pointless in the first game of the Stanley Cup playoff series.
Both teams played a tight-checking game with an equal number of scoring chances on both sides.
Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward was slightly more tested of the two goalies, stopping 33 of 34 shots. Brodeur turned aside 30 of 32.
In the short overtime, however, Carolina seemed to control the play, pinning the Devils in their own zone.
The Hurricanes and the Devils have met in five post-season overtime games, with Carolina winning all of them.
Although Parise had another solid game for the Devils, picking up his third point of the series, New Jersey was missing a key part of its attack, as Jamie Langenbrunner was injured in the second period.
The team isn't saying what happened, only that he is out with a lower-body injury.
Hurricanes couldn't stay out of penalty box
The Hurricanes were fortunate that penalty trouble didn't cause them more headaches, as a couple of foolish plays gave the Devils a chance to take the lead on the power play.
Carolina gave up only one power-play goal, but New Jersey had a great chance early in the third period when Parise hit the goalpost on a 2-on-1 break.
"We had some good chances and unfortunately couldn't bury them, and Ward played well," Parise said. "I just don't think there is a lot we need to change. We played a solid hockey game."
Ward was especially solid in the third period, making outstanding glove saves on Bryce Salvador with 10:55 left in regulation and another against Travis Zajac with 3:07 to go.
Brodeur's best stop was a save on Staal after an end-to-end rush with 4:50 left in the third period.
The series now shifts to Raleigh, N.C., for Game 3 on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET.