NHL Playoff Recaps: Canes put Devils on the brink, and Stars shine over Kraken

NHL Playoff Recaps:  May 9, 2023

The Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule for Tuesday had two games for fans to enjoy.

It was a bad night for the New Jersey Devils as the Carolina Hurricanes rocked the Prudential Center to put them on the brink of elimination. Plus the Dallas Stars doubled up the Seattle Kraken to even that series at two games each.

NHL Playoff Recaps: Canes rock Devils

Hurricanes 6 vs Devils 1

Martin Necas scored twice Tuesday night and scored the goal that started a five-goal second-period flurry for the Carolina Hurricanes, who took a commanding lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals by beating the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Newark, N.J.

The Hurricanes lead the best-of-seven series 3-1 and will get their first chance to advance to the next round on Thursday night, when they are slated to host Game 5. Carolina is trying to reach the conference finals for the first time since 2019.

Necas tied the game with 2:20 left in the first before he scored the game-winning goal 7:26 into the middle period. Brett Pesce, Jesper Fast, Brett Burns and Jordan Martinook scored later in the second for the Hurricanes, with the goals by Necas, Pesce, Fast and Burns coming within a span of just 5:20.

Goalie Frederik Andersen made 21 saves for the Hurricanes.

Jack Hughes scored 1:55 into the first for the Devils, who haven’t overcome a 3-1 deficit since outlasting the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2000 Eastern Conference finals.

Goalie Vitek Vanecek gave up five goals on just 17 shots before being pulled for Akira Schmid, who stopped 11 of 12 shots the rest of the way.

NHL Playoff Recaps: Stars shine over Kraken

May 7, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Dallas Stars forward Max Domi (18) passes the puck against Seattle Kraken defenseman Will Borgen (3) during the first period in game three of the second round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Climate Pledge Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports

Stars 6 vs Kraken 3

Max Domi had two goals and an assist as the Dallas Stars defeated the host Seattle Kraken 6-3 Tuesday night, evening their Western Conference semifinal series at two games apiece.

Jamie Benn, Thomas Harley and Roope Hintz each had a goal and an assist for Dallas. Joe Pavelski also scored for the Stars, his sixth of the series, and Evgenii Dadonov had two assists.

Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen, wearing a full face shield after getting hit with a puck on Seattle’s opening goal in a 7-2 Kraken win in Game 3, added an assist. Dallas goaltender Jake Oettinger, pulled after two periods on Sunday, rebounded to make 16 saves en route to the victory on Tuesday.

Jaden Schwartz scored twice, Adam Larsson also tallied and Vince Dunn logged two assists for the Kraken. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer allowed five goals on 22 shots before being pulled at the second intermission. Martin Jones stopped both shots he faced in the third period.

Game 5 in the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Thursday in Dallas.

–Field Level Media