Happy birthday, John Hynes!
We've gifted you a victory and two-points in the standings!
From, Your Team.
Marcus Johansson netted two goals, Nico Hischier had a three-point afternoon and Keith Kinkaid withstood a barrage of shots as the Devils returned to the win column with a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Devils improve their home record to 14-9-5 this season.
Here are 10 Takeaways from the game:
1. It was Keith Kinkaid manning the Devils net against the Hurricanes. Kinkaid was back after two games backing up, his last game came last Tuesday against the LA Kings. In his return to the crease, Kinkaid was a busy man in the win, having to face 34 shots from Carolina and making 32 saves.
2. Defenseman Ryan Murphy made his season debut for the Devils. Murphy was acquired on January 30th and was assigned to Binghamton in the AHL before his call-up to the NHL on Saturday. Murphy was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes 12th overall in 2011 and spent 5 years with the Hurricanes before joining the Minnesota Wild. The 25-year-old defenseman spent the last year and a half in the Wild organization. Murphy played 14:17 and earned his first assist of the season. Murphy was also trusted with power play time, playing 2:52 with the man advantage helping man the point alongside Damon Severson.
3. Joining Murphy for his NHL callup was Nick Lappin, who has already played six games with the big club this season. Lappin slotted in for Joey Anderson with Drew Stafford and Pavel Zacha. The decision to sit Anderson against the Hurricanes was one where the coaching staff did not want the young player playing in back-to-back games so quickly after returning from his broken ankle, suffered in late November. Lappin played 10:14, including 2:53 on the power play.
4. Kurtis Gabriel wasted little time to get into his second fight in as many afternoons. Before the game against the Hurricanes was two minutes old, Gabriel dropped the gloves with Hurricanes forward Michael Ferland. The two forwards were assessed five-minutes each for fighting.
5. Pavel Zacha has expanded on his career-high in goals for a season. On the power play, Zacha fired a one-timer off a cross-ice pass from Murphy to put the Devils up 1-0 with 8:25 left in the first period.
The goal came on the Devils 3rd shot of the game, with awarded to Murphy - his first with the Devils and first NHL point of the season - and Nico Hischier.
6. Marcus Johansson extended the Devils lead with just under a minute to play in the opening period. Damon Severson gloved down a clearing attempt by the Hurricanes, before passing the puck along the blue line to Murphy. Murphy found Kyle Palmieri in the slot, who shot it towards the net. The rebound found Johansson on Mrazek's blocker side and he tapped it home for his ninth goal of the year.
Palmieri and Hischier assisted the play. For Hischier it was his second point of the game and his 22nd assist of the year.
7. The second period provided very little in way of offense or offensive chances for the Devils. New Jersey were stifled by the Hurricanes who held the Devils to just two shots in the second. Jesper Bratt was the first Devil to register a shot in the period, with six minutes remaining before the buzzer, while his line mate Johansson had the team's second and final shot of the period with a minute left on the clock. New Jersey were outshot 9-2 in the second, but still held the lead after the second by a 2-1 margin.
8. Johansson added his second goal of the game with a high-light reel sequence. With under five minutes to play in the game the Swede took a one-timer off a no-look pass from Bratt as the two players came streaking down the ice. The goal by Johansson gave the Devils a 3-1 lead on Carolina.
Bratt and Hischier were awarded the assists. For Hischier it completed a three-point afternoon. For Bratt, he is on a four-game point streak with one goal and three assists over that span.
9. It wasn't an ideal situation, but the Devils penalty killers had plenty of work to do against the Hurricanes. The Devils were called for four penalties through the first forty minutes of play and five throughout the entire afternoon, thankfully New Jersey boast one of the leagues' top penalty-kills with an 83.9% efficiency, ranked fourth in the league. The PK went four-for-four against Carolina.
10. It's off on to the road for New Jersey now as they'll spend the next week visiting Western Conference opponents. The Devils will make stops in St. Louis, Chicago and Minnesota before returning home to face the Buffalo Sabres next Sunday.