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Anton Babchuk’s two powerplay goals lead Carolina over New Jersey


Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Anton Babchuk scored two powerplay goals last in a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils at the RBC Center. This was the first two-goal game of the 6’5″ defenseman’s career, giving him 11 goals for the season, 6 of which have come on the powerplay. Anton is known for his booming shot from the point and thus has found himself as a mainstay on Carolina’s first powerplay unit. Carolina head coach Paul Maurice had this to say about Babchuk, “He’s got a huge shot. Boy, when he gets a chance to step into it, he’s been real good. A lot of that is confidence. He’s scored enough this year that he wants the puck, and there aren’t a lot of guys who want to stand in front of it.”Babchuk’s plus/minus rating of +10 is tops among Carolina defensemen and is tied for the team lead with Matt Cullen. Carolina takes on the New York Islanders tomorrow night as they fight for their playoff lives.