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Carolina 5, New Jersey 2
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, February 14, 2020
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
Referees: Jean Hebert, Frederic L'Ecuyer
Linesmen: Devin Berg, Mark Shewchyk
Attendance: 18680

Nino Niederreiter and Martin Necas each delivered a goal and an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes drilled the visiting New Jersey Devils in a 5-2 victory Friday night.

Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek made 35 saves for his first triumph in his last four outings.

Warren Foegele, Andrei Svechnikov and Joel Edmundson also scored for Carolina, which improved to 23-3-1 when scoring a game's first goal. Brett Pesce provided two assists.

The Hurricanes were playing their first home game in nearly two weeks following a 2-2-0 road swing.

Mirco Mueller and Joey Anderson scored for the Devils, who were playing their third game in four nights. Anderson, a right winger, scored his first goal of the season with 5:03 remaining.

The Devils were unable to build on Thursday night's victory against Detroit. They went 0-for-4 on the power play.

New Jersey goalie Louis Domingue made 26 saves.

The outcome avenged a Carolina loss from early November. The teams have two more meetings this season.

It was the first time in seven games that Carolina posted the first goal. That came from Niederreiter just 3:43 into the game. He has now scored in consecutive home games.

Mueller tied it for the Devils less than four minutes later. His only other goal came Dec. 13.

Then Foegele's goal put the Hurricanes ahead to stay with more than eight minutes to play in the opening period. It was his first goal in a 13-game stretch.

Svechnikov scored the only goal of the second period, set up by passing from Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho.

Necas' 15th goal of the season was unassisted, coming 1:44 into the third period. He assisted on the game's first goal.

The Devils held center Nico Hischier out of the lineup for another game despite speculation that he might be ready to return from an injury that has sidelined him since Feb. 1.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
New Jersey   Carolina
Joey Anderson 1 Points Martin Necas 2
Joey Anderson 1 Goals Martin Necas 1
Nikita Gusev 1 Assists Brett Pesce 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Louis Domingue .833 Save Percentage Petr Mrazek .946
Louis Domingue 25 Saves Petr Mrazek 35
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
New Jersey 37 2 0-4 2-2 4 21
Carolina 30 5 0-2 4-4 8 27
Upcoming Games
  • Carolina will play their next game at home against Edmonton. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .594 after a win and .560 after a loss.
  • New Jersey will play their next game at home against Columbus. The Devils have a W/L % of .364 after a win and .371 after a loss.