Devils 5, Hurricanes 2

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Center Adam Henrique's go-ahead power-play goal with 7:58 remaining helped the New Jersey Devils produce a comeback and defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Friday night at PNC Arena.
Henrique flipped a rebound past Carolina goalie Cam Ward as the Devils avoided what would have been a fourth consecutive loss by scoring four third-period goals.
Center Dainius Zubrus scored his fourth goal of the year. Right wing Jaromir Jagr finished the scoring with 3:29 left, tying Steve Yzerman for eighth place on the NHL's all-time goals list with 692.
Defenseman Mark Fayne's first goal of the season and center Andrei Loktionov's second goal of the season gave New Jersey offense earlier.
Center Jeff Skinner and center Jordan Staal scored for Carolina, which was aiming for a season-high three-game winning streak.
Loktionov, Henrique and Zubrus tallied in slightly more than a five-minute stretch of the third period as the Devils wiped out a 2-1 deficit.
Goalie Cory Schneider made 16 saves for the Devils.
Ward, despite missing more than three weeks with an injury, played in his 13th game -- the most among the team's goalies. He stopped 26 shots.
Loktionov's goal -- his first in a 17-game span -- trickled through Ward and seemed to turn momentum in favor of the Devils.
New Jersey won for only the third time in 12 games in which it trailed entering the third period.
The Hurricanes defeated New Jersey 4-3 on Wednesday night in Newark, N.J.
Fayne burst in front the blueline to send the puck past Ward to give the Devils a 1-0 lead with 1:40 left in the first period.
The Hurricanes answered less than two minutes into the second period with Skinner collecting a loose puck off defenseman Ryan Murphy's shot and converting.
Carolina was rolling in the second period when defenseman Justin Faulk delivered the puck from behind the New Jersey goal line to the opposite blue line, where Staal was waiting for a breakaway and he fired the puck past Schneider.
The Hurricanes maintained a 2-1 edge through two periods, thanks to defenseman Brett Bellemore protecting an open net and blocking an otherwise point-blank shot from Zubrus in the period's final minute.
Earlier, the Devils logged the game's first six shots before the Hurricanes put a puck on net about six minutes in. New Jersey went quiet without a shot for nearly nine minutes.
NOTES: Hurricanes majority owner Peter Karmanos Jr. attended the game, making a rare in-arena appearance. He was honored for his upcoming induction to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. ... Devils D Peter Harrold was scratched after playing the previous 11 games. He was minus-2 two nights earlier against the Hurricanes. ... New Jersey RW Cam Janssen also sat out for the first time after 11 straight games, perhaps a reflection of a reduction of toughness in Carolina's lineup. ... Hurricanes RW Kevin Westgarth, an enforcer, sat out the second game of a two-game NHL suspension for a boarding infraction last weekend against Ottawa. ... New Jersey is back home Saturday to take on the Buffalo Sabres. ... The Hurricanes play the first of only six December home games Sunday afternoon against the Vancouver Canucks.

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