Svechnikov, Mrazek help Hurricanes beat Devils

Ruben Hill
February 17, 2020

He had four stops during an early New Jersey power play and a pair of big saves in the final minutes with the Devils holding a two-man advantage.

New Jersey beat Carolina 5-3 in the last meeting between these teams on November 2.

The Devils are far from being in the mix to make the postseason at the moment, now sitting 19 points outside the playoff contention in the Eastern Conference. For the first time in seven games, Carolina had scored the first goal of the game, Niederreiter taking a pass from defenseman Haydn Fleury and unloading a heavy shot from the right point while covering for defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk.

Nino Niederreiter and Warren Foegele scored first-period goals for the Hurricanes, helping Carolina play from in front almost all night as it jostles for wild-card playoff positioning.

Friday night's 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils in front of a sellout crowd of 18,680 at PNC Arena was a step in the right direction.

The Devils got it back just a few minutes later when Carolina's forwards got beat up the ice and Mirco Mueller tapped in a Travis Zajac pass to tie the game at 7:07. Warren Foegele snapped a tight shot through traffic to put Carolina up 2-1 prior to the first intermission.

Andrei Svechnikov finished off a tic-tac-toe passing sequence from the Hurricanes in the second period, redirecting a pass in the slot to beat Domingue. Severson was attempting to clear the puck when his stick was tangled up with Niederreiter's, causing his clearing attempt to go inside the left post. Injured Carolina defenseman Dougie Hamilton sounded the pregame siren for the Hurricanes.

Devils: New Jersey returns home Sunday to host the Columbus Blue Jackets. And while they have beaten the Hurricanes on three of the past four occasions overall, the 'Canes have snatched three wins in their previous four head-to-head meetings in Raleigh. Especially with the team focused on improving its chances to make the postseason, now sitting just two points outside the playoff bubble in the East and with a game in hand.

Joel Edmundson's breakaway goal coming out of the penalty box at 14:36 of the third was quickly countered by Devils forward Joey Anderson's first goal of the season, but by then the game was decided.

New Jersey Devils' Miles Wood (44) has his shot turned away by Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34), of the Czech Republic, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. "It's nice to see him get on the scoresheet". "We miss him. It's obvious". Alexander, who has won numerous writing awards at the state and national level, covered the Hurricanes' move to North Carolina in 1997 and was a part of The N&O's coverage of the Canes' 2006 Stanley Cup run.

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