National Hockey League
Carolina 5, New Jersey 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
Referees: Wes McCauley, Dan O'Rourke
Linesmen: Scott Cherrey, Jonny Murray
Attendance: 18680

Jesper Fast had a goal and an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes collected a 5-1 win over the visiting New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Wednesday in Raleigh, N.C.

Jordan Martinook and Jordan Staal each had two assists, while Brett Pesce, Seth Jarvis, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, and Brady Skjei all scored for the Hurricanes. Frederik Andersen made 17 saves.

It was an impressive blend of both offense and defense for the Hurricanes, as the Devils couldn't generate consistent pressure against Carolina's blanketing forecheck and backcheck.

While the Hurricanes finished the game with a relatively even 23-18 shots advantage, Carolina set the defensive tone early by outshooting New Jersey 10-1 during a lopsided first period.

Nathan Bastian had the only goal for the Devils, who also lost by a 5-1 score in each of the first two games of their first-round series with the New York Rangers.

Jarvis' goal 14:43 into the first period was emblematic of Carolina's performance at both ends of the ice, as he started the play with a takeaway in the Hurricanes' zone. Jarvis then took the puck down the boards, turned toward the Devils' net, and capped off the individual effort with his third goal of the playoffs.

Kotkaniemi's goal at 1:55 of the second period gave Carolina a 3-0 lead and chased Devils starting goaltender Akira Schmid from the game. Schmid allowed three goals on 11 shots, while Vitek Vanecek stopped 10 of 11 shots in the relief effort.

Once the Devils' offense started to heat up, Andersen prevented New Jersey from gaining any momentum. Injury and illness have limited Andersen to just two appearances this postseason, but the goalie is 2-0 with an outstanding .962 save percentage.

New Jersey was 0-for-2 on the power play, as the Hurricanes' penalty-kill unit continued to dominate. Carolina was second in the NHL in penalty-kill percentage during the regular season, and it has killed off 19 of 20 penalties in the playoffs.

Game 2 is on Friday in Raleigh.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
New Jersey   Carolina
Nathan Bastian 1 Points Jesper Fast 2
Nathan Bastian 1 Goals Jesper Fast 1
Michael McLeod 1 Assists Jordan Martinook 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Vitek Vanecek .909 Save Percentage Frederik Andersen .944
Vitek Vanecek 10 Saves Frederik Andersen 17
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
New Jersey 18 1 0-2 3-3 6 29
Carolina 23 5 0-3 2-2 4 27
Upcoming Games
  • Carolina will play their next game at home against New Jersey. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .706 after a win and .516 after a loss.
  • New Jersey will play their next game on the road against Carolina. The Devils have a W/L % of .615 after a win and .667 after a loss.