Hall scores late in OT to lift Devils past Hurricanes, 3-2
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Taylor Hall has had the hottest stick in the NHL for the past month, but on Sunday his streak almost came to an end.
Then came overtime.
The goal extended Hall's league-best streak of games with a point to 18.
New Jersey had won the first of the teams' four meetings this season on Thursday night to start the Hurricanes' three-game losing streak.
''It was a self-starter type of game for us,'' New Jersey coach John Hymes said. ''It's on them to find a way to have the motivation to play as hard as we did and they did that. That's a great sign for us moving forward.''
Keith Kinkaid stopped 40 shots for the Devils.
''I think the fact that this was a 5 o'clock game was pretty understated,'' Hall said. ''The fact that they're not on a back to back, we played last night. The flight from Tampa to Carolina is a lot longer than you think. We weren't a rested group by any means, but you saw the battle level that was there and that's always good.''
The Devils led 1-0 after a first period in which the Hurricanes outshot them 13-9.
''I thought we had some good looks,'' Carolina coach Bill Peters said. ''We had the puck plenty. But that was a tough one. We gifted them both of their goals tonight.''
Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward had 18 saves.
NOTES: LW Lee Stempniak and D Klas Dahlbeck were healthy scratches for Carolina. ... RW Jimmy Hayes and D Will Butcher were healthy extras for New Jersey. ... Devils backup goalie Eddie Lack is a former Hurricane. ... The teams' other two meetings are March 2 in Raleigh and March 27 in New Jersey.
Devils: Host Columbus on Tuesday in the first of a three-game homestand.
Hurricanes: Host Pittsburgh on Friday night.
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