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RALEIGH Pittsburgh Penguins Hats Authentic , N.C. (AP) — made sure the Hurricanes rebounded from a “dud” of a loss.Williams and Micheal Ferland scored in the game’s first 30 seconds and the Carolina Hurricanes held on for a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.“Listen, winning is a lot more fun, isn’t it?” Williams said. “A better attitude, a lot more fun around the dressing room.”The Hurricanes lost 4-1 at home on Saturday night to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Williams didn’t mince words after that loss, the team’s seventh in nine games.“It was a dud,” Williams said on Saturday. “Just call it what it was. A dud. And certainly unacceptable.”Jordan Staal sprung Williams, who cut between Travis Zajac and Taylor Hall to give Carolina a 1-0 lead just 22 seconds in.Eight seconds later, New Jersey defenseman Damon Severson turned the puck over in the neutral zone and Teuvo Teravainen fed Ferland, who sent a one-timer past New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider (20 saves) for a 2-0 lead.Carolina’s two-goal outburst in the first half-minute is the fastest in franchise history and tied for fifth-fastest in NHL history.“It never hurts in the NHL to come up with two goals early and make them chase us,” Staal said.Goalie Curtis McElhinney made it stand up, finishing with 33 saves for Carolina, which improved to 2-1-1 after four games of a six-game homestand.The Devils, who lost in overtime at home on Saturday to the Detroit Red Wings Custom Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys , cut the deficit in half when Pavel Zacha flipped a backhander past McElhinney at 6:33 in the first.But New Jersey was 0 for 5 on the power play, including three empty chances in the second period.“I thought after the first 30 seconds, we gathered ourselves and played well,” New Jersey coach John Hynes said. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a way to put the puck in the net.”New Jersey had a 34 to 25 edge in shots, but could only get one shot by McElhinney. Will Butcher had two great chances to tie the game at 2, one in the second period and another in the final minute of the game, but McElhinney was up to the task.“We had a couple of nice saves when we needed them,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said.Williams, who scored for the first time since Oct. 13, was happy with how the team responded after Saturday’s loss.“You always want to atone for an average game, actually well below-average,” Williams said. “I didn’t play great last game and you always want to get back at it. The good news for me was there was another game in less than 24 hours.”Brind’Amour was happy to get a win , only the third in regulation in 11 home games, and how the veteran leaders stepped up.“I thought our best players were our veteran guys,” Brind’Amour said. “We needed a win and they got us one.”But the first-year coach wasn’t pleased with the turnovers or how many chances his team created after the explosive first minute.“There’s a lot to still get better at,” Brind’Amour said. “At the end of the day, we got the win and it was an ugly win and you have to have those.”NOTES: Devils center Nico Hischier was out for the fourth straight game with an upper-body injury. … Ferland’s goal in the first period was his team-leading 10th of the season and third in four games for Carolina. … Schneider, who missed the first eight games with a hip injury, is winless in four starts this season. . The Hurricanes have only been outshot twice this season (at Chicago on Nov. 8) but they are 2-0 in those games.UP NEXTDevils: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.Hurricanes: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Gerard Gallant and Paul Maurice do not know each other well despite having their NHL coaching careers overlap for several years.The men behind the benches for the Vegas Golden Knights and Winnipeg Jets, though, both have led their teams into the Western Conference final after following long, winding paths.”It’s quite a story for both of them,” Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman said in a telephone interview.Gallant was fired by the Florida Panthers with a winning record just 21 games into the 2016-17 season, leaving him to catch a cab outside the arena in Raleigh San Jose Sharks T-Shirts Authentic , North Carolina, after his belongings were unloaded from the bus.Maurice was fired by the Carolina Hurricanes twice. The second time was after just 25 games of the 2011-12 season.They will match wits Wednesday night in Game 3 when Vegas hopes home ice gives it an advantage in the deadlocked series.Gallant was infamously relieved of his duties with the Panthers, a season after being a finalist for coach of the year, because of philosophical differences between analytics-minded management and the old-school coach.”He was left on the curb,” Golden Knights forward James Neal said.Vegas center Jonathan Marchessault was on the bus when news broke that Florida had fired its coach.”It was kind of out of nowhere,” he recalled.And it worked out very well for Gallant and a team that also came out of nowhere.The coach discarded by the Panthers has led a collection of castoffs to a stunningly successful expansion season.”It’s a perfect fit,” Marchessault said.If the straight-shooting coach can help Vegas win three more games, he’ll join Scotty Bowman as the only coaches to lead a first-year expansion team to the Stanley Cup final. Bowman did it 50 years ago with the St. Louis Blues, and the Hall of Famer is rooting for Gallant.”It’s a nice story because he deserved a better fate in Florida,” Bowman said. ”People felt bad for him the way it happened in Carolina. I know there were some teams thinking about hiring him before Vegas did.”Gallant won a career-high 51 games this season, his seventh in the league.Likewise, Maurice had his best season with what he said has been his best team. He won a career-high 52 games in his 20th year as an NHL coach. He’s three wins away from advancing to the Stanley Cup final for a second time. In 2002, the Bowman-led Red Wings beat Carolina and hoisted the Cup.Maurice broke into the league as a coach in 1995 with the Hartford Whalers San Jose Sharks Hoodies Authentic , who moved to Carolina two years later. After he was fired the first time by the franchise, he lasted just two seasons and was 10 games over .500 in a pressure-cooker job with the Toronto Maple Leafs.Winnipeg hired him to lead its franchise with 35 games left in the 2013-14 season. The Jets were patient enough to let him guide a young team he took to the playoffs only once – without winning a game – before their breakout performance this season.When Winnipeg opened the postseason with a win over Minnesota, it was Maurice’s first victory in the playoffs since 2009 during his second stint with the Hurricanes. It reinforced a perspective he gained with two decades in the world’s top hockey league, knowing very well how hard it is to win in a league that may have more parity that any other in North American professional sports.”What I’ve learned – the short answer is – it’s special,” Maurice said.Maurice is as much of a student as a teacher, evolving as a communicator after having language barriers with players while coaching in Russia and learning to show perhaps 10 video clips to his players instead of 100 after coaching in the World Cup of Hockey.”He’s intense in games, but when we aren’t playing he’s pretty laid-back,” Winnipeg forward Andrew Copp said. ”He’s been in a pretty good mood, cracking some jokes in meetings lately. It shows his confidence in our team. It’s nice to have a coach behind the bench who doesn’t panic. He has an air of confidence and we carry that mentality, too.”—

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