RALEIGH, N.C. — Teuvo Teravainen and Greg McKegg scored 66 seconds aside within the second interval, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Friday night time to comb their second-round sequence.
Teravainen and linemate Sebastian Aho every completed with a aim and an help, captain Justin Williams and rookie star Andrei Svechnikov every added insurance coverage targets and goalie Curtis McElhinney made 26 saves in his second profession playoff begin.
Calvin de Haan, Warren Foegele and Justin Faulk watch as Curtis McElhinney of the Carolina Hurricanes makes a save. (Picture by Grant Halverson/Getty Photos)
The Hurricanes — who went a decade between playoff berths — earned the primary four-game sweep in franchise historical past and have reached the Jap Convention ultimate in every of their final 4 post-season appearances since 2002. They’re additionally unbeaten in 5 residence playoff video games.
Now the Hurricanes — after profitable six straight and eight of 9 — have a while to heal earlier than they face the Columbus-Boston winner.
Mathew Barzal scored a power-play aim and Brock Nelson added a late aim for the Islanders, who managed simply 5 targets within the sequence and have been swept for the primary time for the reason that Rangers did it within the first spherical in 1994.
They saved the identification of their beginning goalie a secret till warmups — when Robin Lehner led them onto the ice for the fourth straight recreation within the sequence.
He didn’t final lengthy.
Coach Barry Trotz pulled him in favour of backup Thomas Greiss after the bang-bang targets by Teravainen and McKegg early within the second interval.
Robin Lehner of the New York Islanders reacts after giving up a aim to Teuvo Teravainen of the Carolina Hurricanes. (Picture by Grant Halverson/Getty Photos)
Teravainen put the Hurricanes forward to remain after some slick passes from Aho and Warren Foegele arrange his sixth aim of the post-season. And McKegg chased Lehner when the goalie couldn’t maintain maintain of the rebound of Brett Pesce’s shot and the Carolina rookie stuffed it in for his first playoff aim.
Greiss wasn’t a lot better in opposition to the relentless Hurricanes, with Williams scoring their third aim of the interval off a give-and-go from Nino Niederreiter at eight:51 and Svechnikov riling up the rowdy Caniacs together with his aim with four:47 left.
Lehner and Greiss every completed with eight saves for the Islanders. Their counterpart — McElhinney — wouldn’t allow them to make this a recreation once more, stopping Josh Bailey from point-blank vary with about 10 1/2 minutes remaining.
With elimination looming over his workforce, Trotz declared this recreation as a Recreation 7 they usually approached this one with the urgency of 1, taking full benefit of a high-sticking penalty to Andrei Svechnikov 73 seconds in. Barzal slipped behind Jaccob Slavin and poked the rebound of Devon Towes’ shot previous McElhinney for his second aim in three video games.
From there, although, it was all Hurricanes — who acquired some assist from an Islanders defenceman to finish their prolonged power-play drought.
Justin Williams has a quiet phrase with Curtis McElhinney of the Carolina Hurricanes. (Picture by Grant Halverson/Getty Photos)
Carolina was three of 34 with the person benefit throughout this post-season and had no power-play targets since Recreation three of the Washington sequence, however when Islanders defenceman Adam Pelech by chance shovelled the puck into his personal internet throughout a scrum in entrance of Lehner — for a aim credited to Aho — that dry spell was over.
NOTES: Carolina D Justin Faulk added two assists. … Toews had two assists for New York. … Three of the Islanders’ 5 targets in the course of the sequence got here on the facility play. … Niederreiter rang the left publish with a first-period backhand. … Williams’ aim was his 100th profession level within the playoffs. … Foegele tied Erik Cole’s franchise report for rookies with 9 factors (5 targets, 4 assists) within the post-season. … The introduced crowd of 19,495 was a PNC Area report for hockey.
The Hurricanes have some prolonged time to relaxation earlier than the Jap Convention ultimate.
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Joedy McCreary, The Related Press