- The Devils had an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Mark Fayne, by the Hurricanes stormed back in the second period on goals by Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal.
- Trailing 2-1 to start the 3rd, the Devils came out and played what may have been their most complete period of the season, scoring four goals against Cam Ward.
- Andrei Loktionov and Adam Henrique both broke scoreless streaks with their third period tallies and Dainius Zubrus added a goal on a deflection. Jaromir Jagr capped off the scoring by following up his own rebound and going five-hole on Ward to ice the victory.
- In total, 11 Devils skaters had at least a point.
Staring a third straight defeat in the eyes heading into the third period, the New Jersey Devils responded in a big way, using four third period goals to skate to an easy victory in Carolina.
Completing the second end of a home-and-home with the Hurricanes, the Devils came out strong in the first period and though they were up by just one goal after the first twenty, it could have easily been more.
In what became very much a book-end effort, the Hurricanes pounced in the second and took a 2-1 lead and a power play opportunity into the third period.
After two tough losses, the Devils needed something, anything to get them going and they got what might have been their finest period to date. The goals came almost one after the other, as Andrei Loktionov, Adam Henrique and Dainius Zubrus all scored within a five-minute span to turn what was a close game into a blowout in favor of New Jersey.
There was a lot to like from quite a few players tonight, as the line of Loktionov, Damien Brunner and Michael Ryder got progressively better as the night went on. They had an excellent shift midway through the third period and low and behold, Loktionov scored on their next shift. For a trio of players who have all seen their share of struggles, it was a positive step. The line seemed to get better even after they scored. The confidence seemed to go a long way. Brunner and Ryder both picked up assists on the goal by Loktionov.
Another positive to take away was the play of Eric Gelinas and Jon Merrill. The two rookie blueliners looked poised and confident, while logging solid minutes. Gelinas finished with 19:32 of ice time and Merrill with 16:25.
Not to be lost in the deluge of goal scoring in the third was the fact that Cory Schneider bounced back after a sub-par second period to blank the Canes the rest of the way. The five goals were no doubt, a welcomed sight for Schneider, who has been plagued with very limited goal support throughout the season.
It was a game the Devils had to have and they answered the bell in a big way. It wasn't pretty through the first forty, but it quickly turned into one of their more impressive wins of the season.
New Jersey will be right back at it, with a game against Buffalo on Saturday night. They'll look to build on the win and re-insert themselves back into the Metropolitan Division playoff race.
As of Friday night, the Devils are just three points behind second place Washington, but also sit just two points ahead of seventh place Columbus.