Devils drop first game of 2023

Devils escape first game of 2023


Andrei Svechnikov was the lone scorer in the shootout as the Carolina Hurricanes exited New Jersey with a 5-4 win over the Devils at Prudential Center on Sunday. 

The young “Canes” striker opened the year 2023 with a bang by skillfully outwitting Mackenzie Blackwood. His teammate Antti Raanta took care of the rest by stopping the three players who passed in front of him.

Jesper Bratt thought he had played the heroes by scoring his second of the game late in the third period, but Martin Necas had other plans. The latter brought both teams into overtime on the power play, taking advantage of a costly penalty from Ryan Graves for throwing the puck into the stands.

With the score 2-2 early in the third period after Bratt's first goal, Derek Stepan scored his second of the game to put his team back in front. However, home side roster captain Nico Hischier had no intention of letting his roster lose the first game of 2023. It took the former Halifax Mooseheads 34 seconds to take matters into their own hands and reset the counters by executing a turnstile behind the net which speeded up Blackwood.

After an uneventful first period, it was the visiting team who touched the bottom of the net. Stepan opened the scoring by easily passing the puck into an almost empty net, while his teammate Stefan Noesen had done everything to beat the opposing goaltender. The response from the “Devils” came from the stick of Jack Hughes, who threaded the needle for the 21st time this season.

For his part, Sébastian Aho scored one of the most easy in his career. Trying to clear the disc, Blackwood put it back on the paddle of number 20, who fired a shot into an abandoned net.

The home goalkeeper was strafed, finishing the game with 42 saves in 46 attempts.