Jo­hans­son scores twice, Devils beat Hur­ri­canes 3-2

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS - By Tom Cana­van

NE­WARK, N.J. >> Mar­cus Jo­hans­son scored twice and a bat­tered Keith Kinkaid made 32 saves and the New Jer­sey Devils pre­vented the Carolina Hur­ri­canes from mov­ing into a play­off spot with a 3-2 vic­tory Sun­day.

Nico His­chier set up all three goals to help the Devils snap the Hur­ri­canes’ three-game win­ning streak and hand them only their fifth loss (13-5-1) in 19 games. Pavel Zacha also scored for the Devils.

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.

This was a tough game for Kinkaid in more ways than stop­ping shots. He took a stick in the face from Jor­dan Marti­nook with 7:23 left in the sec­ond pe­riod, was bowled over by Justin Wil­liams later in the pe­riod and was knocked over again in the third when Nino Nieder­re­iter in­ter­fered with Devils de­fense­man Da­mon Sev­er­son.

Not only was Nieder­re­iter pe­nal­ized, the call nul­li­fied what would have been a ty­ing goal by Se­bas­tian Aho with 12:54 left.

Zacha and Jo­hans­son gave the Devils a 2-0 first­pe­riod lead.

Hamil­ton cut the gap to 2-1 in the sec­ond, but Jo­hans­son re­stored the twogoal mar­gin at 15:56 of the third pe­riod. Ter­a­vainen scored on a power-play with 1:27 to play af­ter Carolina pulled Mrazek.

NOTES: NHL MVP Tay­lor Hall of New Jer­sey missed his 19th straight game with a lower-body is­sue. Devils D Sami Vata­nen missed fifth straight be­cause of a con­cus­sion . ... Hur­ri­canes held New Jer­sey without a shot for the open­ing 13:56 of sec­ond pe­riod. Jes­per Bratt got it break­ing in on left wing.

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