New Jersey Devils (15-19-5 35pts)
Carolina Hurricanes (27-9-2 56pts)
Looking to rebound after a bad loss the other night to the Arizona Coyotes, the New Jersey Devils look to redeem themselves against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Devils did not get off to the best start that they wanted as they gave up two goals within the first five minutes and forty-four seconds as Andrea Svechnikiv bombed one in and Ian Cole blasted a shot from the high slot to make it 2-0 early on. However later on in the period, Nathan Bastian and the Devils showed a lot of heart and tied it with two goals of his own as he snapped one in on the first goal, and tipped in a Ryan Graves shot for his second goal of the game. The score would be even up 2-2 after the first period.
Josh Leivo gave Carolina their lead back at the 3:25 mark of period two as he roofed a shot on a net drive past goalie Jon Gilles. Moments later, Michael McLeod would score his third of the season as he followed a rebound shot from Andreas Johnsson and put it in for the goal. Speaking of Johnsson, he would get in on the scoring as he scored his tenth of the season at the 11:16 mark. Scoring was not an issue this period and it continued as Brady Skjei tied the game moments later as he buried a shot in the high slot for his sixth goal of the season. That would not be the last goal of the period. Jesper Bratt found a way to beat Hurricanes rookie goalie Jack LaFontaine for his eleventh of the season to give the Devils a 5-4 lead heading into the third period.
Period three saw the Devils finally take control of this game and especially at the mid way point. Jack Hughes scored his tenth goal of the season on the power play as he ripped a wrist shot into the twine to make it 6-4 in favor of New Jersey. Moments later, Pavel Zacha sealed the victory for the Devils by also scoring his tenth goal of the season as a Dawson Mercer rebound shot found his way to him and put the puck into the back of the net for the goal. The New Jersey Devils would win by a final score of 7-4 as they defeated the Carolina Hurricanes. New Jersey gets right back to action tomorrow night as they welcome the Los Angeles Kings to the Prudential Center.
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Next Up: New Jersey Devils vs Los Angeles Kings, Sunday 1/23/22 @ 7pm EST