Friday’s games saw the Carolina Hurricanes, still on a high from knocking out the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of their first round series, travelled to Brooklyn, to play the New York Islanders, and the Colorado Avalanche make the short trip to San Jose to face the Sharks.
A reminder of each team’s First Round accomplishments:
➜ Carolina eliminated Washington in Game 7
➜ The Islanders swept the Pittsburgh Penguins in four games
➜ Colorado eliminated Calgary in five games (4-1)
➜ San Jose eliminated the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7
Carolina Hurricanes v New York Islanders
Jordan Staal scored 4:04 into overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders in Game 1 of their Second Round series.
The goal came after Nino Niederreiter‘s shot hit the end boards sending the puck to Staal, the center then saw his short-side shot hit the left skate of Robin Lehner and go in.
Staal has a three-game goal streak for the Canes, who have won three in succession and five of their last six playoff games. They eliminated the reigning champions in a double-overtime Game 7 in the First Round on Wednesday.
Petr Mrazek made 31 saves for Carolina, getting his second shutout of the playoffs and fifth in 19 NHL postseason games.
Lehner made 31 saves for New York, though it wasn’t enough, handing the hosts their first loss of the postseason. They swept Pittsburgh in the first round and last played on April 16.
Mathew Barzal thought he’d given the Islanders a 1-0 lead 17:07 into the second period, but the goal was waved off for goaltender interference by Anders Lee. The home fans thought they’d won it late on, only to realize the puck was stuck in the outside netting.
Canes v Islanders – Sunday, April 28 (3pm – NBC)
Colorado Avalanche v San Jose Sharks
Brent Burns had a goal and three assists for the San Jose Sharks in their 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of the Second Round.
Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, Gustav Nyquist, Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier all scored, Marcus Sorensen had two assists, and Martin Jones made 26 saves for San Jose, who have won four in a row.
Burns is the first Sharks defenseman with four points in a playoff game, and became their leader in Stanley Cup Playoff points among defensemen with 51, passing Dan Boyle (48).
Gabriel Bourque and Colin Wilson scored, and Phillip Grubauer made 22 saves for the visitors, who had won four in succession to defeat the Calgary Flames in five games in the first round.
Rantanen thought he’d scored for the Avalanche at 16:25 of the first, but the Situation Room initiated a video review and overturned the call on the ice after they determined he’d used a distinct kicking motion.
Avalanche v Sharks – Sunday, April 28 (7:30pm – NBCSN)
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