New Jersey Devils @ Carolina Hurricanes
(CAR leads series 1-0)
Tonight begins round two of the Stanley Cup playoffs and this matchup features first of a best of seven between the visiting New Jersey Devils and hosting Carolina Hurricanes. The Devils are coming off a shutout victory in game seven against the New York Rangers while the Hurricanes vanquished the New York Islanders in six games. New Jersey is without the services of prized acquisition Timo Meier after suffering an injury due to a Jacob Trouba hit the previous game. Unfortunately for the Devils, this was a game they want to turn the page and do better next game. Carolina got off to a great start by scoring twice in the first period thanks to goals from Brett Pesce and Seth Jarvis to make it 2-0 in favor of the Hurricanes heading into the second period.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi kept the momentum going as he scored early on at the 1:55 mark of period two putting the puck in at the side of the net for his first goal of the playoffs. Moments later, the Devils got on the board thanks to a Nathan Bastian breakaway goal to get his team within two. That would be the only goal New Jersey would get the rest of the way.
Carolina added two more goals from Brady Skjei and an empty netter from Jesper Fast to seal the victory by a final score of 5-1. The Hurricanes did to the Devils what they normal do to other teams which is use their high attack speed and used it against them. Both teams are back in action for game two on Friday night in Raleigh.
New Jersey Devils
GOAL (CAR) 9:41- Brett Pesce (Jordan Staal)
GOAL (CAR) 14:43- Seth Jarvis (Unassisted)
GOAL (CAR) 1:55- Jesperi Kotkaniemi (Jordan Martinook, Jesper Bratt)
GOAL (NJ) 5:02- Nathan Bastian (Michael McLeod)
GOAL (CAR) 10:17- Brady Skjei (Sebastian Aho, Stefan Noesen)
GOAL (CAR) 16:44- Jesper Fast (Jordan Martinook, Jordan Staal)
Next Up: New Jersey Devils @ Carolina Hurricanes (Game 2) 5/5/23 7pm EST
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