Devils’ offense explodes, scores 8 targets to win first sport in collection with Hurricanes

The New Jersey Devils headed again to house ice of their second-round collection with the Carolina Hurricanes figuring out they wanted to attain greater than the 2 mixed targets that they had in Games 1 and a couple of in Raleigh.

Home ice proved to be the place the Devils’ offense stays sizzling.

New Jersey defeated Carolina in Game 3 on Sunday after exploding for eight targets in comparison with the Hurricanes’ 4 in what felt like a must-win sport for them.

Luke Hughes celebrates goal

Damon Severson of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his objective with teammates through the second interval of Game 3 within the second spherical of the playoffs in opposition to the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center on May 7, 2023, in Newark, New Jersey. (Elsa/Getty Images)

It began with three unanswered scores within the first interval, one which Devils followers at Prudential Center went loopy over. 

Timo Meier lastly acquired his first Stanley Cup playoff objective after an ideal cross between the legs by Jack Hughes behind the Carolina web noticed Meier wrap the puck round to the entrance and push it previous Freddie Anderson.

Hughes then discovered the again of the online after an odd-man rush by the Devils midway by the interval that resulted in a top-shelf snipe from his left-handed stick. It was Hughes’ fourth of the playoffs.


And simply minutes afterward a short-handed alternative, Michael McLeod as soon as once more discovered himself with a objective on assists from captain Nico Hischier and John Marino. He scored short-handed in Game 7 in opposition to the New York Rangers as effectively.

That set the tone for this sport and went even additional when Hischier joined the goal-scoring occasion along with his first of the playoffs simply 53 seconds into the second interval.

Sebastian Aho of the Hurricanes rapidly responded to lastly get Carolina on the board along with his fifth objective, however Damon Severson would get that objective again later within the second when he rushed to the online and picked out the highest left shelf beneath the bar.

Vitek Vanecek saves puck

Vitek Vanecek #41 of the New Jersey Devils makes a save in opposition to Jordan Martinook of the Carolina Hurricanes through the third interval of Game 3 within the second spherical of the playoffs at Prudential Center on May 7, 2023, in Newark, New Jersey. (Josh Lavallee/NHLI through Getty Images)

That objective got here in opposition to Pyotr Kochetkov, who relieved Anderson after the Hischier objective. 

Severson was additionally assisted by defensive linemate Luke Hughes, the brother of Jack Hughes, who acquired the beginning as head coach Lindy Huff needed to modify issues up on the again finish after the Hurricanes scored 11 mixed targets in Games 1 and a couple of at house.

After Jordan Martinook scored on a penalty shot, the second interval clock would hit zero with the Devils nonetheless in a commanding place at 5-2, however it clearly wasn’t sufficient.


Miles Wood, Jack Hughes and Ondrej Palat tallied a objective within the third interval, whereas Jordan Staal and Seth Jarvis additionally acquired on the board with short-handed targets apiece.

In the tip, the 12 mixed targets labored out within the Devils’ favor and positively modified the story on this collection.

The Devils had been additionally down two video games to none in opposition to the Rangers within the first spherical earlier than charging again with three straight wins in video games 3, 4, 5. They would clearly like to do the identical on this collection if they will.

Michael McLeod celebrates goal

Michael McLeod of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his objective through the first interval of Game 3 within the second spherical of the playoffs at Prudential Center on May 7, 2023, in Newark, New Jersey. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The Devils and Hurricanes will play Game 4 at Prudential Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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