New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils looked to take out their frustrations from Tuesday’s night’s loss on the Hurricanes, while trying to impress their fathers who were watching their sons from high-above.

New Jersey Devils– 5 (13-10-2, 28 pts)
Carolina Hurricanes– 1 (8-13-4, 20 pts)
Metropolitan Division, Final, Game Box Score
PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

By Patrick Comia

With the team playing tomorrow night at home, head coach John Hynes tinkered a bit with his lineup, perhaps to give a different look to his team and to rest some bodies, as they will start an arduous stretch of games in the next two weeks.

Cory Schneider, as well as the “wild thing” Bobby Farnham the night off.

In the opening period, the Devils had no problem imposing their will on the Carolina defense, as they were able to control the flow of the game.

Their hard work paid off with a late first-period goal by the team’s leading point scorer Mike Cammalleri.

The goal came off a cross-ice feed from Tyler Kennedy, who scored his 200th NHL point with his helper, to give the Devils a 1-0 lead going into the first intermission.

After weathering a more assertive effort from Carolina, the Devils quadrupled their lead by scoring two second-period goals.

Clean-shaven “Rico” Adam Henrique scored on the man-advantage, after Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner was called for a double minor for hi-sticking Lee Stempniak.

He was able to score his 12th goal after getting behind the Carolina defense, splitting them down the middle, setting up a nice backhander, top-shelf for a 2-0 lead.

The score ballooned to 3-0 after a workman-like goal from Stephen Gionta, who stayed with the puck after getting his own rebound.

It was his first goal of the season, and a well-earned one at that.

After the Hurricanes made it a two-goal lead again from Brad Malone, the Devils got that goal back and made it a three-goal cushion making the score 4-1. Jacob Josefson finally got his first of the season, after so many missed opportunities in previous outings.

Maybe it was his father, who flew all the way from Sweden to be on the father-son road trip, being there in the stands that gave Josefson the determination to get one into the net. Whatever it was, it worked in getting the monkey off his back.

As the last 20 minutes were played out, tempers flared from the Hurricanes players as frustration started setting in.

To add insult to injury, Cammalleri made it 5-1 with a snipe of a shot past Eddie Lack for his second goal of the night. It was his ninth of the season, setup by the veteran Patrik Elias and the hero of the comeback in Montreal John Moore.

The man in net, Keith Kincaid, did his job as he earned his second win of the season after only winning one of his last four games started.

He made 30 saves in tonight’s rout of Carolina.

As the last buzzer sounded in Raleigh, New Jersey returns home with a renewed confidence going into tomorrow night’s matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers.

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