02/18 20:15 CST Hall scores late in OT to lift Devils past Hurricanes, 3-2
Hall scores late in OT to lift Devils past Hurricanes, 3-2
By MIKE POTTER
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) --- Taylor Hall has had the hottest stick in the NHL for the
past month, but on Sunday his streak almost came to an end.
Then came overtime.
Hall came through with the winning goal with 22 seconds left in the extra
period, giving the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
The goal extended Hall's league-best streak of games with a point to 18.
New Jersey had won the first of the teams' four meetings this season on
Thursday night to start the Hurricanes' three-game losing streak.
"It was a self-starter type of game for us," New Jersey coach John Hymes said.
"It's on them to find a way to have the motivation to play as hard as we did
and they did that. That's a great sign for us moving forward."
Keith Kinkaid stopped 40 shots for the Devils.
"I think the fact that this was a 5 o'clock game was pretty understated," Hall
said. "The fact that they're not on a back to back, we played last night. The
flight from Tampa to Carolina is a lot longer than you think. We weren't a
rested group by any means, but you saw the battle level that was there and
that's always good."
The Devils led 1-0 after a first period in which the Hurricanes outshot them
Nico Hischier scored New Jersey's first goal on a power play midway through the
first, assisted by Sami Vatanen and Kinkaid.
The Hurricanes tied it at 6:25 of the second with Teuvo Teravainen scoring from
Trevor van Riemsdyk and Victor Rask, who was playing in his 300th NHL game ---
all with Carolina.
"I thought we had some good looks," Carolina coach Bill Peters said. "We had
the puck plenty. But that was a tough one. We gifted them both of their goals
The Devils went back ahead with 4:27 left in the second when Pavel Zacha scored
on the assist from John Moore.
Jeff Skinner tied the game in a sixth-attacker situation with 1:18 left in
regulation on assists from Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin.
Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward had 18 saves.
NOTES: LW Lee Stempniak and D Klas Dahlbeck were healthy scratches for
Carolina. ... RW Jimmy Hayes and D Will Butcher were healthy extras for New
Jersey. ... Devils backup goalie Eddie Lack is a former Hurricane. ... The
teams' other two meetings are March 2 in Raleigh and March 27 in New Jersey.
Devils: Host Columbus on Tuesday in the first of a three-game homestand.
Hurricanes: Host Pittsburgh on Friday night.
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