The New Jersey Devils have their backs to the proverbial wall now.
Jersey was crushed by the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and now trail that series 3-1. Carolina can finish off the Devils on Thursday night in Charlotte.
After Jack Hughes gave the Devils a 1-0 lead a little less than two minutes into the contest, it was all Hurricanes.
“It’s hard to explain right now. It’s unacceptable. We just stopped playing.” pic.twitter.com/EXU1LLPY17— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) May 10, 2023
Carolina scored six unanswered goals, five of them coming in the second period. Martin Necas scored twice; his first goal tied the game with three minutes to go before the end of the first period. His second score gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead.
Vitek Vanecek was charged with five goals in 32 minutes, while Akira Schmid gave up only a goal on 12 shots.
GALLERY: New Jersey Devils 2021-2022 NHL Season