from Ethan Sears of the New York Post,
The Devils have already come back from one 2-0 deficit to win a playoff series, so why not another?
That was the prevailing question on Sunday afternoon in Newark, as the Devils announced themselves in Game 3 against the Hurricanes, playing a relentless 60 minutes of hockey on their way to an 8-4 demolition that pulled their deficit in the series back to 2-1 and delivered a message: New Jersey will be no easy out.
“You guys throw around inexperience, you throw that around. Now we’ve been in this situation before where we’ve been down 2-0,” Jack Hughes said following a four-point performance that included a Gordie Howe hat trick. “You don’t want to say you’re comfortable there, but you know it’s still a long series to go. We’re back in this thing.”
With Vitek Vanecek replacing Akira Schmid in net and Luke Hughes making his playoff debut to Damon Severson’s left, the Devils delivered a blindingly tenacious performance.
Catch the highlights below.
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