Newark, N.J.—Andrei Svechnikov scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the Carolina Hurricanes extended their franchise-best 11th straight win with a 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday at the Rock.
Carolina goaltender Antti Raannta made 24 saves around the pipes and stopped all three Devils attempts in the shootout.
Raanta improved to 10-2-2 this season. The 33-year-old goalie had shutouts in his previous two games at home, 4-0 against Florida and 3-0 over Chicago.
“Great battle from the whole team,” Raanta said. “We keep playing the same way. We don’t change what is working.”
The Hurricanes are 15-0-2 in their last 17 games and haven’t lost since Dec. 6 when they fell 4-3 at Anaheim in overtime. Carolina’s previous defeat in regulation time was Nov. 23.
Jesper Bratt scored twice, and Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier chipped in a goal apiece for New Jersey, who are 2-7-2 in their last 11 games overall. Mackenzie Blackwood recorded 43 saves for the contest.
With the team’s playing four-on-four, Devils’ Jesper Bratt scored his second of the game and 14th of the season from between the circles at 13:48 in the third. That put New Jersey up 4-3 but Carolina’s Martin Necas tied the game for a fourth time with a power-play goal, his 16th goal this season at 15:32.
“We always know we have a chance to come back,” Raanta said. “Today was a great example of that. We made the game 4-4, battled through overtime and got the win in a shootout.”
Both goaltenders made great saves around the net in overtime including New Jersey’s Mackenzie Blackwood blocking Carolina’s Jaccob Slavin shot on a breakaway after the teams combined for five goals in a wild third period after Carolina led 2-1 after the second. Blackwood made 43 saves.
“At the end of the day, that was a good two points,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We’ll take it.”
The victory was the 199th win for Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour. The Hurricanes won the first meeting this season, 4-1 at home on Dec. 20. The teams meet again Jan. 10 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and March 12 in Newark. The Devils were without injured defenseman John Marino and New Jersey also scratched forward Alexander Holtz and defensemen Tyler Wotherspoon and Nikita Okhotiuk . The Hurricanes scratched defenseman Dylan Coghlan.
Devils: Visit Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.
Hurricanes: Visit New York Rangers on Tuesday.