Joakim Nordstrom scored on a rebound with 1:29 left and the Hurricanes defeated the Devils 3-1 Tuesday night in a game between teams fading from playoff contention.
Derek Ryan, playing his first NHL game at age 29, also scored as the Hurricanes snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the third time in eight games. Eddie Lack was outstanding in making 29 saves, and Nathan Gerbe scored into an empty net with 21.2 seconds to go.
Adam Henrique scored for New Jersey, which lost its third straight and sixth in seven games. Cory Schneider had 17 saves.
With the score tied at 1, Elias Lindholm juggled the puck on his stick at center ice and skated in on Schneider. The goalie stopped his shot but Nordstrom was in the right spot when the puck came to him to the left of the net.