In the first round of the playoffs, the Carolina Hurricanes were the only team to win their first two games at home.
Friday night, against the New Jersey Devils, they can once again become the only team to do so in the second round.
In the second period of game two, the Canes currently lead 12-to-0 thanks to two goals scored by Jesperi Kotkaniemi at 2:23.
Taking advantage of a strong play position, “KK”‘s wrist shot went against Akira Schmid’s equipment, under his arm, before entering the top of the net at 1:35.
Then at 3:58, taking advantage of the forward-checking work of partners Jesper Fast and Jordan Martinook, Kotkaniemi deftly brought the puck from his skates to the blade of the stick, before hitting Schmid with a live shot.
It was the second time in his career that the former third overall pick in the 2018 draft has scored twice in a playoff game.
The Devils tried to build up pressure in the offensive zone in order to get up on the board, but Fredrik Andersen held out, and because of the risk, the Visitors ended up burning.
At 5:25 p.m., captain Jordan Staal took advantage of a gap to get up against the young Devils goaltender, who beat him with a fake backhand.
Before the second interval, Brady Skegee’s goal was disallowed for fouling Schmid, but seconds later, at 19:44, Martin Nikas gave Keynes a four-goal lead.
Called up in relief by Schmid for the second game in a row, Vitek Vanicek found himself in the New Jersey cage to start the third period.
Perhaps shaken by coach Lindy Ruff’s decision, the Devils scored through Miles Wood at 3:50 on Andersen’s 22nd shot on goal.
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