NEWARK, N.J. — It wasn't for lack of shots.
The Canes fired shot after shot at Martin Brodeur in the third period but couldn't get past the Devils' goaltender.
The 1-0 loss sends the series back to Raleigh with the Devils holding a 3-2 lead.
It didn't take the Devils' Andy Greene to go from healthy scratch to healthy contributor.
Stepping in for injured defenseman Bryce Salvador, Greene had the primary assist on the game's first score with a big shot from the point on the power play by David Clarkson at 11:22. ...
The Canes were energized early in the period during another Devils' power play. Erik Cole grabbed the puck and powered his way down the ice for a short-handed shot, drawing a holding call on Brian Rolston. ...
Devils coach Brent Sutter mentioned the "hockey gods" when talking about Jussi Jokinen's buzzer-beating goal in Game 4.
With 12:41 left in the second, Jokinen was in front of Brodeur and got another piece of the puck, which hit the post and eased to the goal line before Brodeur could secure it. A few more inches and the Canes would have a 1-0 lead.
The Canes had 19 shots in the second but Brodeur would have none of it. ...
A scoreless first period was filled with collisions and guys being flattened — the two goaltenders, namely.
Much of the post-game chatter from the Devils' locker room after Game 4 was about how angry Brodeur was about being bumped and jostled by the Canes, with no penalties being called.
Sure enough, a goaltender interference penalty was whistled just 2:24 into Game 5 — on the Devils. Forward David Clarkson stumbled and fell on Ward's back, slowly skating to the penalty box as Devils fans howled about the call.
Ward went down again late in the first after being hit by John Madden. No penalty was called and Ward, as if dazed, was slow in retrieving his stick as play continued.
Next, it was Brodeur's turn. Coming well out of the crease to play the puck, Brodeur had his legs taken out from under him the Canes' Chad LaRose, who was knocked off his feet by Devils defenseman Johnny Oduya.
Again, there was no penalty and Brodeur had to hustle back to the net without his stick. Once he had it, he gave the Canes' Matt Cullen a whack, drawing an interference penalty.
With the crowd chanting, "Mar-ty, Mar-ty," the Devils killed off the penalty to keep the game scoreless.
While the Canes were outshot 16-9 in the period, they had some good scoring chances. Brodeur made a nice save with 10 minutes left on a Canes' rush with Cullen and LaRose, getting a piece of Cullen's shot. ...
Yes, there has been an early goaltender interference penalty — against the Devils.
David Clarkson was penalized after falling on the Canes' Cam Ward at 2:24 of the first. Here's a surprise: The Prudential Center crowd did not like the call after all the discussion the last two days about Devils goalie Martin Brodeur and Game 4. ....
The Canes have taken the ice for the pregame warmup at the Prudential Center and have forwards Dwight Helminen and Tim Conboy and defenseman Frantisek Kaberle in uniform.
Canes coach Paul Maurice will make a game-time decision on Helminen or Conboy joining the lineup with forward Sergei Samsonov out with a lower-body injury. Kaberle is replacing Anton Babchuk, a healthy scratch.
In the warmup, Jussi Jokinen was on the wing on Rod Brind'Amour's line with Patrick Eaves, and Helminen centering the fourth line with Scott Walker and Ryan Bayda.
Kaberle will be paired with Niclas Wallin. Dennis Seidenberg is with Joni Pitkanen for the second straight game. ...
Conboy is a scratch ...