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Hall lifts Devils past Hurricanes in OT

Wins it with 23 seconds left after Skinner ties game late for Carolina

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Taylor Hall scored with 23 seconds remaining in overtime to give the New Jersey Devils their fourth straight win, 3-2 against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.

Hall poked in the rebound of his own shot from the left face-off circle.

"I'm just trying to get a quick-release shot on net, and you always want to stick around, follow your rebound, and track that puck and get a stick on it," said Hall, who has 12 goals and 14 assists during a personal 18-game point streak.


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Carolina forward Jeff Skinner tied it 2-2 with 1:18 left in the third period with goalie Cam Ward off for the extra attacker. It was his 200th NHL goal.

Keith Kinkaid made 40 saves for the Devils (31-20-8, 70 points), who are tied with the Philadelphia Flyers for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

"There's a few teams in the League where you have their number, and there's a few who have your number," said Kinkaid, who is 6-1-0 against Carolina. "It was just a big motivation game for us to keep them below us in the standings and gain ground going up in the standings."

Video: NJD@CAR: Skinner comes up clutch for 200th NHL goal

Teuvo Teravainen scored for the Hurricanes (27-23-10), who have lost three games in a row (0-2-1) and are tied with the New York Islanders for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

"We've got to find ways to score more," Skinner said. "At the end of the day, the games are decided by goals. It doesn't seem like we're finding enough of them at the right times."

Nico Hischier extended his goal streak to four games when he scored on the power play at 10:56 of the first period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. Hischier received Sami Vatanen's stretch pass at the Hurricanes blue line, kicked the puck to his stick, and beat Ward (18 saves) to the far post.

"You're definitely seeing a guy that is confident shooting," Hall said of Hischier. "He's picking corners. It's really a feel. You don't score four in a row on a fluke."

Video: NJD@CAR: Hischier picks the corner for sweet PPG

Teravainen tied the game 1-1 at 6:05 of the second period. After a quick sequence of shots left the Devils scrambling, Teravainen's pass across the slot deflected off Vatanen and past Kinkaid, who had lost his stick.

The Devils took a 2-1 lead 10 seconds after killing a penalty. After being called for holding Brock McGinn at 13:23, defenseman John Moore exited the penalty box and skated across the ice to gather the loose puck. He carried it into the Hurricanes zone and set up Pavel Zacha for a backdoor one-timer on a 3-on-1 at 15:33.

New Jersey was coming off a 4-3 win at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday behind 48 saves from Eddie Lack. Playing the Hurricanes on short rest with a 5 p.m. ET start, the Devils said they felt they had enough energy to extend their winning streak.

"The flight from Tampa Bay to Carolina is a lot longer than you think, so we weren't a rested group by any means," Hall said. "But you saw the battle level was there, and that's always good."

The Devils were outshot 13-3 in the third period, when the Hurricanes pushed for the tying goal.

"It's especially tough when you're playing in your own zone," New Jersey forward Kyle Palmieri said. "But to a man, as far as the forward group, I don't think we showed too much fatigue."


Goal of the game

Hall's goal with 23 seconds remaining in overtime.

Video: NJD@CAR: Hall nets overtime winner on rebound


Save of the game

Kinkaid stopping Sebastian Aho from the slot at 3:46 of overtime.

Video: NJD@CAR: Kinkaid denies Aho from the slot in OT


Highlight of the game

Zacha's goal at 15:33 of the second period.

Video: NJD@CAR: Zacha buries Moore's terrific pass


They said it

"I think we have taken a step in understanding how hard we have to play night in and night out. I think the commitment level by our group right now, they understand what it is and they're willing to give it on a nightly basis." -- Devils coach John Hynes


"I thought we had some good looks, had the puck lots, but yeah, one point. We gifted them both of their goals (in regulation) tonight. " -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters


Need to know

Hall, who missed three games Jan. 22-25 because of a thumb injury, is on an 11-game point streak (seven goals, seven assists). … Devils forward Miles Wood served the first of a two-game suspension for boarding Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov. … Hischier has four goals and four assists during a five-game point streak. He is plus-8 in those games. ... The Hurricanes won 38 of 53 face-offs (72 percent).


What's next

Devils: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-O, NHL.TV)

Hurricanes: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-CR, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)


Video: Hall, Kinkaid lead Devils to 3-2 OT win vs. 'Canes

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