Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored twice in a roughly 2 1/2-minute span throughout Carolina’s four-goal second interval, Frederik Andersen stopped 28 pictures and the Hurricanes beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1 on Friday night time for a 2-0 lead of their second-round playoff sequence.
Jordan Staal and Martin Necas additionally scored in that blow-it-open second, which turned a scoreless sport between the highest two regular-season groups nonetheless alive within the playoffs right into a romping Hurricanes win with the backing of one other rowdy house crowd.
It additionally marked the second straight sport the Hurricanes chased Devils netminder Akira Schmid. He lasted only some minutes into the second interval of the 5-1 loss in Recreation 1, then took a seat after the second together with his group down 4-0.
Jordan Martinook and Stefan Noesen added clinching targets within the third interval to cap one other dominant night time for Carolina.
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Jesperi Kotkaniemi #82 of the Carolina Hurricanes reacts after scoring his second aim of the second interval in opposition to the New Jersey Devils in Recreation Two of the Second Spherical of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Enviornment on Could 05, 2023 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Grant Halverson/Getty Photographs)
Miles Wooden scored for the Devils early within the third, however Andersen was robust in his third straight postseason begin for Carolina going again to the Spherical 1 win in opposition to the New York Islanders.
The Devils return house to host Recreation 3 on Sunday, going through an 0-2 gap for the second straight best-of-seven sequence. They misplaced the primary two video games at house by 5-1 scores within the first spherical in opposition to the New York Rangers earlier than rallying to advance with Monday’s Recreation 7 clincher.
This time, they’ve been outscored 11-2 by two video games.
Kotkaniemi’s first aim got here when he took go alone on the correct aspect, then skated in to the dot earlier than firing a shot that went underneath Schmid’s proper arm and grazed his ribs earlier than discovering the web on the 1:35 mark.
Moments later, Martinook — whose exercise had him within the combine all night time — skated in to tangle up two Devils gamers in a possession chase close to the boards. That helped jar the puck unfastened to skitter over to Kotkaniemi for the near-post putaway at 3:58.
The Hurricanes saved the strain on. There was Jack Drury chipping the puck in on the blue line for Staal, with the Hurricanes captain extending his 6-foot-4 body to corral it earlier than going with the forehand-to-backhand end and the 3-0 lead.
And at last, Martin Necas completed one from the slot after Jaccob Slavin caught the correct submit on a rush, pushing the margin to 4-0 and solely rising already roaring noise in PNC Enviornment shortly earlier than the intermission.
The Hurricanes dominated the opening interval of Recreation 1, smothering the Devils to remove open ice whereas tallying extra targets (two) than New Jersey had pictures (one).
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The Devils knew they couldn’t repeat that effort and mentioned as a lot Thursday, noting they needed to get pucks on the web and use their pace to pressure Carolina to expend power defending in its personal finish as a substitute of rolling with its aggressive forecheck.
New Jersey carried play by the primary 10-plus minutes. However by finish of this one, Carolina was celebrating a blowout with Martinook’s breakaway rating in opposition to reliever Vitek Vanecek adopted intently by Noesen’s putaway on an ideal 2-on-1 feed from Sebastian Aho.
Commerce acquisition Timo Meier was again for the Devils after lacking Recreation 1. He was left with a reduce nostril and bruising underneath his proper eye for this one, 4 days after taking a crushing hit from New York Rangers ahead Jacob Trouba within the Recreation 7 win to shut the primary spherical.
Meier noticed 16:49 of ice time on this one and completed with 5 pictures.
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Former Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner within the group’s run to the 2006 Stanley Cup, sounded the pregame storm-warning siren for the Hurricanes to take the ice.
Charlotte Hornets guard Bryce McGowens and Carolina Panthers offensive sort out Ikem Ekwonu sounded the siren for the next intermissions.