11 Feb 2019, 05:50 IST
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The one position the New Jersey Devils are probably going to have within the playoffs this season is being a spoiler, one thing the Carolina Hurricanes found.
Marcus Johansson scored twice, a battered Keith Kinkaid made 32 saves and the Devils prevented the Hurricanes from transferring right into a playoff spot with a 3-2 victory Sunday.
“Ultimately, it is the win that counts,” mentioned middle Nico Hischier, who had assists on all three targets. “Everybody who’s within the lineup has vitality and desires to play effectively and desires to battle laborious. At present everyone was able to play and simply play the sport plan and ultimately we earned the win.”
Pavel Zacha additionally scored because the Devils snapped the Hurricanes’ three-game successful streak and handed them their fifth loss (13-5-1) in 19 video games.
Kinkaid definitely was the distinction, stopping 23 of 25 photographs over the ultimate 40 minutes.
“It is by no means going to be simple however positively an enormous recreation for me,” mentioned Kinkaid, who had misplaced six of his final seven selections. “I felt actually sharp and guys did an excellent job battling even when there was no second probabilities. If there was a second probability, I simply needed to battle to provide us the additional save. We gave an excellent effort, everybody was hustling again and never giving them simple retailers.”
Dougie Hamilton and Teuvo Teravainen scored for Carolina, and Petr Mrazek made 18 saves. The Hurricanes have missed the playoffs the final 9 seasons.
The Hurricanes would have moved into the second wild-card spot forward of idle Pittsburgh with a win.
“Proper now there’s a bitter style as a result of this recreation; we must always have received that recreation,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour mentioned. “We would have liked it they usually do not, in order that frustrates me.”
The Devils are 13 factors out of a playoff spot with 27 video games to go.
This was a tricky recreation for Kinkaid in additional methods than stopping photographs. He took a stick within the face from Jordan Martinook with 7:23 left within the second interval, was shocked by Justin Williams later within the interval and was knocked over once more within the third when Nino Niederreiter interfered with Devils defenseman Damon Severson.
Not solely was Niederreiter penalized, the decision nullified what would have been a tying objective by Sebastian Aho with 12:54 left.
“It stored me engaged,” Kinkaid mentioned. “I do not thoughts the physicality so long as it would not intrude with me stopping the puck.”
Aho mentioned the Hurricanes cannot dwell on this one.
“That is one recreation,” he mentioned. “We simply hold taking part in the identical method we performed recently we are able to get to the playoffs.”
Zacha and Johansson gave the Devils a 2-Zero first-period lead.
Hamilton lower the hole to 2-1 within the second, however Johansson restored the two-goal margin at 15:56 of the third interval after being arrange by Jesper Bratt. Teravainen scored on a power-play with 1:27 to play after Carolina pulled Mrazek.
“As soon as he beat his man I type of knew the puck was coming and I simply tried to get in place,” mentioned Johansson of Bratt. “It was an awesome play by him and I believe that objective was all Bratter, that is what he can do. He is so quick and he is sees the sport so effectively. That was a heck of a play.”
NOTES: NHL MVP Taylor Corridor of New Jersey missed his 19th straight recreation with a lower-body challenge. Devils D Sami Vatanen missed fifth straight due to a concussion. … Hurricanes held New Jersey and not using a shot for the opening 13:56 of second interval.
Hurricanes: End five-game journey on Tuesday night time at Ottawa.
Devils: Begin three-game journey on Tuesday night time at St. Louis.
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