Hurricanes top Devils, go up 2-0 in 2nd round playoff

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored twice in about 2 1/2 minutes during Carolina’s four-goal second period, Frederik Andersen stopped 28 shots and the Hurricanes beat the New Jersey Devils 6 -1 Friday night for a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.

Jordan Staal and Martin Necas also scored in that blistering second, which turned a scoreless game between the two best regular-season teams still alive in the playoffs into a resounding victory for the Hurricanes with the support of another crowd. noisy at home.

It was also the second straight game the Hurricanes have chased Devils goaltender Akira Schmid. It only lasted a few minutes into the second half of the 5-1 loss in the first game, then took place after the second with his team trailing 4-0.

Jordan Martinook and Stefan Noesen added game-winning third-period goals to cap off another dominating night for Carolina.

Miles Wood scored for the Devils early in the third, but Andersen was strong in his third straight playoff start for Carolina, dating back to the first-round win over the New York Islanders.

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