New Jersey Devils @ Carolina Hurricanes
(CAR wins series 4-1)
Following a crushing 6-1 loss and being forced to the brink of elimination, the New Jersey Devils look to fight another day as they take on the Carolina Hurricanes in enemy territory in game five. It was a pretty even first period with both teams trading some chances. However, it would be the Devils who would breakthrough at the 15:06 mark with a Dawson Mercer goal and get on the board first. Mercer would deflect the puck in on a long cross ice pass to give New Jersey the 1-0 lead and take the lead into the intermission.
Jacob Slavin got the Hurricanes on the scoreboard early in the early seconds of period two as he would wrist a shot from the point that way find it’s way to get by goalie Akira Schmid to tie the score up at one. Fast forward about seven minutes give or take, Timo Meier would pot one in on the power play off of a rebound from a Dougie Hamilton shot to give the Devils a 2-1 lead. Carolina did get the equalize from Brent Burns late in the period as he whipped a shot through traffic and in to tie the score up 2-2. We would take that score into the third period.
Period three was a very eventful one with both the Devils and Hurricanes trading multiple chances. Each team came super close but both Akira Schmid & Frederik Andersen kept their respective teams in this game and the puck out of the net. This game would now move onto overtime with the Devils hoping to stay alive, while the Hurricanes look to move onto the Eastern Conference Final.
In overtime, Devils defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler would send a puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty to put the Carolina Hurricanes on the power play. The Canes would certainly take advantage as Jesper Fast would tip in a shot from Jesperi Kotkaniemi for the overtime game winner to help Carolina advance to the conference final. The Hurricanes now await the winner of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers matchup.
New Jersey Devils
GOAL (NJ) 15:06- Dawson Mercer (Timo Meier, Michael McLeod)
GOAL (CAR) :50- Jacob Slavin (Jordan Martinook)
Power Play GOAL (NJ) 7:15- Timo Meier (Dougie Hamilton, Jack Hughes)
GOAL (CAR) 19:22- Brent Burns (Unassisted)
*No goals were scored
Power Play GOAL 7:09- Jesper Fast (Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Shayne Gostisbehere)
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