For 55 minutes, the Carolina Hurricanes threatened to end their chances of winning the Metropolitan Division against the defeated New Jersey Devils.
A few lucky jumps, a never giving up attitude and good games from two beginners changed that.
Rookie Seth Jarvis scored after 1:39 of overtime after a nice assist from defenseman Tony DeAngelo, and the Hurricanes rebounded from a late two-goal deficit to beat the Devils 3-2 on Saturday.
“We always think we have a chance to win it,” Jarvis said. “Every game that starts with Roddy (coach Rod Brind’Amour) is kind of like that.”
The Hurricanes’ third straight win gave them 110 points and a two-point lead in the division. They started the day in first place with the New York Rangers beaten 3-1 by Boston later in the afternoon. The Hurricanes and Rangers each have three games left in the regular season.
“We’ve got to play a great team in the playoffs, so I think it’s just good for the group to know that if we’re down and we’re not doing our best, we can still find a way,” Brind said. said love. “We’ll take that with us from this game.”
Rookie goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov made 17 saves for Carolina in his NHL debut.
“He did a great job and made some big saves for us. He looked very confident back there,” said defenseman Brady Skjei, who started the comeback with a goal on a shot deflected by Devils defenseman Kevin Bahl. “It was a great start to his career and we are very happy for him.”
Carolina equalized the game 2-2 with goals from Skjei and Nino Niederreiter in the third period in the last five minutes.
Yegor Sharangovich and Nico Hischier gave the Devils a 2-0 lead. Jon Gillies, who was minutes away from making his first NHL shutout, made 26 saves for New Jersey in his first start in a month.
Skjei cut the lead to 2-1 on a shot deflected past Gillies at 15:24. Niederreiter raised a rebound over the journeyman goalkeeper with 1:56 to go in the rule.
Sharangovich opened the scoring at 4:17 in the second period, deflecting a Jesper Boqvist shot past Kochetkov. It broke a 0-to-30 streak on the Devils’ power play that spanned the last 11+ games.
Hischier appeared to give the Devils breathing room as he flicked a left circle shot past Kochetkov at 8:30 of the third period.
“As hard as we’ve worked and how much we’ve put into it, it’s a painful, painful lesson in getting pucks back in the zone and caring for them and how intense it is to win the wall fights in the last three or four minutes .” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. “Mistakes you have to learn and live from.”
22-year-old Kochetkov has had a strange season. He played in 23 KHL games. When his team failed to make the playoffs, the 2019 second-round draft pick went to the AHL and tied for a 13-1-1 record with Chicago. He was recently called up after Frederik Anderson was injured and was allowed to play after assisting Antti Raanta for two games.
“We’ve had a lot of those games this year,” Hischier said. “So at some point it should click. … We have to find a way to win.”
https://nypost.com/2022/04/23/devils-blow-two-goal-lead-in-overtime-loss-to-hurricanes/ The Devils extend a two-goal lead against the Hurricanes in overtime