After stringing together five straight wins to claim the top spot in the East, the Devils surrendered their first regulation loss at home Tuesday with a 4-2 defeat to Carolina.
It was another big night for Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty. After recording four points in a 6-4 win over the Islanders on Monday, Tlusty tallied twice for Carolina in the third to halt the Devils' season-high winning streak.
The Devils remain in first place in the East with 19 points, but saw their lead whittled to one point as the Bruins earned a point with a late-game rally against the Rangers that forced overtime.
New Jersey hosts the Flyers at Newark's Prudential Center on Friday.