The New Jersey Devils took advantage of a hat-trick by Mike Cammalleri while defeating the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1 on Sunday night in front of a quiet announced crowd of 8,650 at the PNC Arena.
After a tightly checked, scoreless first period in which the visitors out-shot the home team by an 11-5 margin, Cammalleri scored twice in the second on the Devils only official shots on goal in that period.
Those two goals were his first two tallies of the season.
First, Travis Zajac set him up with a perfect cross-ice pass that goalie Eddie Lack had little chance on. His second goal beat Lack far-side just inside the post on an open shot from the right circle.
Carolina did pick up their offensive chances in the second and took the lead with a 19-13 shots on goal advantage after two periods. But the team’s powerplay was ineffective for the most part and Jersey goalie Keith Kinkaid made the saves he needed to make to keep the Canes off the board.
Cammalleri made it 3-0 midway through the third when he once again was given some room and he beat Lack easily.
The Canes finally got on the board 13:01 into the period when Andrej Nestrasil knocked in a rebound from in close. Nestrasil led the team with eight shots on goal and deserved one at this point.
The Hurricanes could not beat Kincaid again though, even as they pulled Lack from the net with more than four minutes left. They drew another penalty when Ben Lovejoy was called for a minor with less than two minutes left, but still could not light the lamp even with the 6-on-4 advantage.
Andy Greene scored the empty-netter to close out the scoring.
These same teams will match up again on Tuesday night in New Jersey, where the Hurricanes will be looking for some payback.
- Justin Faulk left the game with an undisclosed injury after getting tangled up with Taylor Hall in the third. Faulk gave Hall a good jolt and it looked like Hall retaliated with a leg trip. Peters had no status report after the game.
- After a good start, the powerplay has not scored now in four games and they did not look good in this one. When Peters was asked about it, he talked about execution.
- After a very sharp first period, Lack had trouble. He allowed three goals on just 20 shots which will not help his save percentage.