Complete – March 27, 2016 – 5:00 PM ET – PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina – Attendance: 12,792 – Duration: 2 Hours, 23 Minutes
Linesman #65 Pierre Racicot
Linesman #52 Shandor Alphonso
Referee #17 Frederic L’Ecuyer
Referee #18 Greg Kimmerly
Skater Stats
LWJoseph Blandisi100000216:32
LWBlake Pietila201000016:15
LWReid Boucher10000-1015:08
LWTuomo Ruutu00000109:28
LWBobby Farnham11000158:10
CAdam Henrique10000-1019:07
CTravis Zajac310001217:01
CSergey Kalinin00000-1016:20
CStephen Gionta100001011:35
CTyler Kennedy00000000:00
CJacob Josefson00000000:00
RWKyle Palmieri401001017:21
RWDevante Smith-Pelly20000-1414:04
RWMichael Sislo200000013:45
RWJordin Tootoo00000000:00
DDamon Severson100000024:25
DAndy Greene000000021:39
DAdam Larsson100000021:30
DJohn Moore100000020:12
DDavid Warsofsky300000016:01
DVojtech Mozik100000214:02
DSeth Helgeson00000000:00
DJon Merrill00000000:00
DDavid Schlemko00000000:00
Skater Stats
LWJeff Skinner301000019:10
LWChris Terry000000018:08
LWJoakim Nordstrom200000017:35
LWNathan Gerbe200000013:22
LWPhillip Di Giuseppe00000000:00
CVictor Rask720100021:08
CElias Lindholm301000019:39
CJordan Staal101001019:31
CJay McClement00000-1213:33
CPatrick Brown100000013:10
CBrad Malone00000-177:06
CBrody Sutter00000006:43
CRiley Nash00000000:00
CAndrej Nestrasil00000000:00
DJaccob Slavin001001023:08
DRon Hainsey110001022:59
DNoah Hanifin20000-1020:48
DBrett Pesce00000-1018:55
DJustin Faulk101000017:49
DMichal Jordan000000015:54
DRyan Murphy00000007:22
Goalie Stats
GScott Wedgewood2332086.9658:30
GCory Schneider00000:00
GKeith Kinkaid00000:00
Goalie Stats
GCam Ward2522392.0060:00
GEddie Lack00000:00
Period 1
Penalty on Vojtech Mozik: 2 minutes for Interference
Penalty on Bobby Farnham: 5 minutes for Fighting
Penalty on Brad Malone: 5 minutes for Fighting
Penalty on Brad Malone: 2 minutes for Cross checking
Penalty on Travis Zajac: 2 minutes for Holding
Goal scored by Ron Hainsey
Assisted by: Jordan Staal and Jaccob Slavin
Penalty on Joseph Blandisi: 2 minutes for Tripping
Goal scored by Victor Rask (Power Play)
Assisted by: Elias Lindholm and Justin Faulk
Penalty on Devante Smith-Pelly: 2 minutes for Unsportsmanlike conduct
Penalty on Devante Smith-Pelly: 2 minutes for Tripping
Period 2
Goal scored by Victor Rask
Assisted by: Jeff Skinner
Penalty on Jay McClement: 2 minutes for Hooking
Goal scored by Bobby Farnham
Goal scored by Travis Zajac
Assisted by: Blake Pietila and Kyle Palmieri
Hurricanes hand Devils a crushing loss

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes have been on the wrong side of sudden swings in momentum too often lately.

This time, they had an answer and they weren’t rattled.

Goalie Cam Ward came up a big after a midgame rough stretch, and the Hurricanes defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 Sunday at PNC Arena.

“There’s never an easy game, it’s the NHL,” Carolina center Jordan Staal said. “Teams are going to fight back. We took the foot off the gas a little bit. But we had to find a way.”

Ward finished with 23 saves, stopping all nine shots in the third period.

Victor Rask scored twice and Ron Hainsey had a goal for the Hurricanes (33-28-15).

“It’s another stride and it’s very nice to see,” Staal said of Rask, who reached the 20-goal mark.

Bobby Farnham and Travis Zajac scored for the Devils (36-32-8), who had a three-game points streak snapped.

The Devils were coming hard after pulling within a goal. That was sort of a gut check for the Hurricanes.

“Everyone battled,” Carolina center Jeff Skinner said. “Everyone found a way to dig in.”

Carolina coach Bill Peters said: “We just needed to regroup. Nothing needed to be said. … Once we started making more plays, we were good again.”

New Jersey rookie goalie Scott Wedgewood, who started his fourth consecutive game, lost in regulation for the first time. He made 20 saves.

Wedgewood, who allowed a total of two goals in his first three games, gave up three goals in slightly more than 22 minutes Sunday.

Ward hadn’t played in Carolina’s two previous games, but he was up to the task as the Hurricanes won for only the second time in eight games (2-2-4).

“There’s a lot of character in this room,” Staal said. “Everyone is trying to show their potential.”

Carolina played mostly alert in the defensive zone for the final 30 minutes.

“We had momentum there in the second (period) and chances to tie it up,” Farnham said. “But they packed it in a little harder in the D-zone. We couldn’t get that third one.”

Carolina led 3-2 after two periods, but the Devils made a strong second-period push after trailing by three goals.

“We came out and put ourselves behind the 8-ball,” Farnham said. “It’s tough to come back. Down 3-0, I thought we really fought hard to come back and give ourselves a chance.”

Farnham’s goal came unassisted to get the Devils on the board at 6:27 of the middle period after they were shut out across their previous four periods.

Farnham scored for the first time since Jan. 12, which was the last game before he served a four-game suspension.

Zajac drew the Devils within 3-2 just 50 seconds later. An assist on that goal went to left winger Blake Pietila for his first NHL point in his third game this season. Pietila had the first good crack at the goal on the sequence before Zajac cleaned up the rebound.

The Hurricanes held a 3-0 lead after Rask’s second goal just 2:01 into the second period.

His first goal came on a four-on-three power play, marking Carolina’s second goal in a 36-second span.

Hainsey, who hadn’t scored this month, opened the scoring for the Hurricanes when he was left alone on the backside.

The opening 40 minutes were opposite for the Hurricanes from a night earlier in an overtime loss to the New York Islanders. In that game, Carolina started slowly before producing a big second period.

On Sunday, Carolina held a 14-3 edge in first-period shots. New Jersey responded with a 13-5 shots advantage in the second period.

NOTES: Carolina won the season series 3-2 vs. New Jersey. … Hurricanes C Riley Nash was out of the lineup after he collided with a post Saturday night. … With a lineup of seven defensemen, Carolina D Ryan Murphy was used as a winger for this game. … C Adam Henrique had the game-winning goal in five of the Devils’ last seven wins against Carolina. … This game was the back end of the final set of back-to-back games for Carolina. … This was the first of three road games in a stretch of a week for the Devils, but they play home Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins. … Carolina plays its only road game during a five-game span Tuesday night against the New York Rangers.

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