Dev­ils hold off Canes

New York Daily News - - SPORTS -

The only role the Dev­ils are likely go­ing to have for the play­offs this sea­son is be­ing a spoiler, some­thing the Carolina Hur­ri­canes dis­cov­ered.

Mar­cus Jo­hans­son scored twice, a bat­tered Keith Kinkaid made 32 saves and the Dev­ils pre­vented the Hur­ri­canes from mov­ing into a play­off spot with a 3-2 vic­tory Sun­day in Ne­wark.

“In the end, it’s the win that counts,” said cen­ter Nico His­chier, who as­sisted on all three goals. “Ev­ery­one who is in the lineup has en­ergy and wants to play well and wants to battle hard. To­day every­body was ready to play and just play the game plan and in the end we earned the win.”

Pavel Zacha also scored as the Dev­ils snapped the Hur­ri­canes’ three-game win­ning streak and handed them their fifth loss (13-5-1) in 19 games.

Kinkaid cer­tainly was the dif­fer­ence, stop­ping 23 of 25 shots over the fi­nal 40 min­utes.

“It’s never go­ing to be easy but def­i­nitely a huge game for me,” said Kinkaid, who had lost six of his last seven de­ci­sions. “I felt re­ally sharp and guys did a good job bat­tling even when there were no sec­ond chances. If there was a sec­ond chance, I just had to battle to give us the ex­tra save. We gave a good ef­fort, ev­ery­one was hus­tling back and not giv­ing them easy out­lets.”

Dougie Hamil­ton and Teuvo Ter­a­vainen scored for Carolina, and Petr Mrazek made 18 saves. The Hur­ri­canes have missed the play­offs the last nine sea­sons.

The Hur­ri­canes would have moved into the sec­ond wild-card spot ahead of idle Pitts­burgh with a win.

“Right now there is a sour taste be­cause this game; we should have won that game,” Hur­ri­canes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We needed it and they don’t, so that frus­trates me.”

The Dev­ils are 13 points out of a play­off spot with 27 games to go.

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