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Recap: Canes Drop Final Game of Homestand to Devils

Haula nets team-leading eighth goal, but Canes fall 5-3

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

The Carolina Hurricanes dropped the final game of their four-game homestand to the New Jersey Devils by a score of 5-3.

Warren Foegele, Teuvo Teravainen and Erik Haula each scored for the Canes, while P.K. Subban netted the difference-maker for New Jersey in the third period.

Here are five takeaways from Saturday night at PNC Arena.

1. One That Got Away

The Hurricanes had an opportunity to snag a pair of points against a divisional opponent that had played last night and had yet to win on the road, but after a productive 20 minutes and an even 40, the Devils netted two goals in the final frame to leave Raleigh victorious.

"We were fooling around with the puck a little too much and making it easy from them to transition and play in our end," Jordan Staal said. "Too many turnovers. Too many mistakes. Ended up just kind of wearing ourselves out."

Video: Postgame Quotes: Jordan Staal

"The first period, I thought, was really good, and we probably deserved better. We played exactly how we needed to, and then it got away from us," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "We really kind of gave them a few goals. It was a tough one because we never got going after that."

2. Foegele Gets Hits First (Again)

Warren Foegele thought he had finally scored his first goal of the season in what was a wild second period on Friday when Sebastian Aho dished off to him for the finish on a 2-on-1 rush. Detroit challenged, though, and video review ruled that Foegele was offside.

Video: NJD@CAR: Foegele finishes Aho feed with backhand goal

Foegele didn't have to wait long to score again, and this time it counted. Eight minutes into the first period, Jake Gardiner jumped into the rush and carried the puck over the blue line, while Foegele stretched to ensure he was onside this time. Gardiner laid the puck off for Aho, and he threaded the needle to Foegele, who slid a backhander through MacKenzie Blackwood's five-hole.

3. Turbo Power Play

After a six-game dry spell that saw the Hurricanes score just one power-play goal in 19 chances, the man advantage has now gotten on the board in four consecutive games (5-for-12).

The Canes' power play was a perfect 2-for-2 in a shutout win over Chicago a week ago and converted at a 33 percent clip in each of the last two games. On Saturday, Teuvo Teravainen helped the Canes finish 1-for-4 on the power play with his fourth goal of the season. 

Blake Coleman hooked Andrei Svechnikov to the ice, but the Canes' sophomore forward still got a shot off. Teravainen was there to clean up the rebound and put the Canes ahead 2-1 with about three minutes left in the first period.

Video: NJD@CAR: Teravainen nets rebound for power-play goal

Teravainen leads the Canes with seven power-play points (1g, 6a), and with the primary assist on the goal, Svechnikov extended his point streak to four games (5g, 2a), equaling a career best. He now has 15 points (6g, 9a) in 14 games.

4. Haula!

Erik Haula scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season in the second period to draw the score even at three. Ryan Dzingel, a night after he delivered a gorgeous feed to Martin Necas for a goal in transition, put another dazzling feed on the tape of Haula, who was open in the slot.

Video: NJD@CAR: Haula buries one-timer off Dzingel's pass

Haula tallied the secondary assist on Teravainen's power-play goal for a multi-point night, the 29th of his career and first since Nov. 3, 2018 - against the Canes.

5. Back-to-Back Malaise

The Hurricanes have struggled in the second half of back-to-back sets this season. They're a perfect 4-0-0 in the first game but just 1-3-0 in the second - curious, too, since two of their four back-to-back sets so far this season haven't involved any travel, including this weekend.

"We know what we need to do to win hockey games, and we didn't put our best out there tonight," Jaccob Slavin said.

"We never got going enough to create enough mojo. It just felt like we were emotionally dead," Brind'Amour said. "You could see we were a little tired tonight. Not a lot of jump, unfortunately. We weren't smart with the puck. That's what you get."

Up Next

It's time for the Hurricanes to head back on the road, but only briefly, a quick trip to Philadelphia on Tuesday to take on the Flyers.

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