The Carolina Hurricanes brought in three newcomers to replace the players dealt over the weekend and got a solid performance by goalie Eddie Lack as they defeated the New Jersey Devils, 3-1 on Tuesday night at "The Rock".
Lack made 29 saves on the 30 shots he faced and also made a nice pass to break out the puck on the eventual game-winning play.
Ryan Murphy, Brock McGinn, and Checkers captain Derek Ryan were all recalled to fill in for recently traded Eric Staal, John-Michael Liles, and Kris Versteeg. It was Ryan's debut game in the NHL and he had family members attend. He did not disappoint them.
After falling behind 1-0 in the opening period on a shot that was redirected past Lack, Ryan scored on a powerplay opportunity to tie the game making the 29-year-old the oldest player in franchise history to score in his NHL debut.
The Canes were outshot in every period and were really dominated for stretches in the third, but kept the game close until Joakim Nordstrom banged in the rebound of an Elias Lindholm shot with just 1:29 left in the game to win it.
Lack got the puck out to Jaccob Slavin on the play, who bounced a pass to Lindholm. Lindholm then made a nifty stickhandling play to control the puck and put a good shot on net. Nordstrom was there to follow it up for his ninth goal of the season.
Slavin earned the only assist on the Ryan goal as well. The defenseman finished with 22:46 of ice time and was a +2 for the night.
Nathan Gerbe closed out the scoring with an empty-netter.
Ryan and Jordan Staal dominated in the faceoff circle, both winning 63%.
The Canes will next take on Tampa Bay on Saturday night.