Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 11/9/11
That???s Henrique. As in Magique. Too slow two months ago, rookie Adam Henrique is giving the Devils that little something that makes all the difference ??? goals, four in three games. For the second straight game, the 21-year-old scored the late game-winner, this time a right post wrap with 3:19 left in regulation to sink the Hurricanes, 3-2, in Newark. It???s the first time since Patrik Elias in 1997 that a Devils rookie has scored the winner in consecutive games. This time, however, it was atonement for the one Henrique steered past Martin Brodeur some 10 minutes earlier, the one that tied the game. ???Once you score on your goalie, you really feel like you want to get that one back,?? Henrique said. ???Not many guys score on Marty.?? ???The kid???s got a knack for big goals,?? coach Pete DeBoer said. ???Pressure situations don???t seem to faze him.?? Henrique, who scored the overtime winner against Winnipeg Saturday, said he???s beginning to feel more comfortable, a whole 11 games into his NHL career. ???It???s starting to show on the ice. I???m getting more and more confident,?? said Henrique, only called up from Albany when Jacob Josefson broke his collarbone. The Hurricanes took the opening lead on Brandon Sutter???s shorthander at 9:27 of the first. Dainius Zubrus won the power play???s first draw back to Elias, who backskated onto his backside. Sutter grabbed the freebie for a right wing 2-on-1 and beat Brodeur???s waffle, long side, for his fourth goal of the season. The Devils almost gave up a second shortie on the same advantage, but Brodeur prevented that humiliation with a stick stop on Patrick Dwyer, who found himself alone in front with the puck. Sutter???s goal meant that visitors to Newark had scored more goals shorthanded (one) than they had on power plays (none) this season. Zubrus tied the score at 10:56 of the second, his fourth of the season standing when video review was inconclusive as to whether he had his stick above the level of the crossbar when he tipped in Anton Volchenkov???s shot. Elias stretched his point streak to five games with an assist on that goal. Elias added another assist when he won the left offensive draw that Petr Sykora put away from the trigger spot behind the inside hash mark. Sykora???s second of the year hit Canes??? goaltender Cam Ward???s left shoulder and popped over and in at 2:37 of the third. mark.everson@nypost.com
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