Sunday’s Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2 saw an Eastern Conference match up between the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders in Brooklyn, NY. Our Western Conference battle was between the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks.
How things stand after Game 1:
➜ Carolina lead New York 1-0 (1-0 OT)
➜ Colorado trail San Jose 1-0 (2-5)
Carolina Hurricanes v New York Islanders
Warren Foegele and Nino Niederreiter scored within 48 seconds of each other early in the third period to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 2-1 lead.
Curtis McElhinney replaced the injured Petr Mrzaek (9 saves) in the second period, making 17 saves in relief and helping the Hurricanes defeat the Islander 2-1 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Second Round affair.
McElhinney, 35, who was playing a game for the first time in 22 days, made 10 saves in the second and seven in the third.
It wasn’t just Mrazek (lower-body) that Carolina lost to injury; defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk left 32 seconds into the game with an upper-body injury, and Saku Maenalanen (upper-body) joined them 3:03 into the third period.
Mathew Barzal gave the Isles a 1-0 lead on the power play 13:17 into the first period. His attempted pass to Josh Bailey deflected off Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin‘s stick and past Mrazek. The goal ended the Czech’s personal shutout streak of 135:04, dating back to their Game 7 victory in D.C..
Devon Toews thought he’d given the hosts a 2-0 lead with 14 seconds left in the second when an attempt to kick the puck into the slot with his right skate hit McElhinney‘s left pad and in. The officials ruled no goal since Toews technically kicked the puck over the line.
Islanders goalie Robin Lehner made 16 saves.
The visitors take a 2-0 series lead back to Raleigh, where the two meet again on Wednesday. Carolina are the only team to lead their series, the other three are tied at 1-1.
Islanders v Canes – Wednesday, May 1 (7pm – NBCSN)
Colorado Avalanche v San Jose Sharks
Tyson Barrie had a goal and two assists, as the Colorado Avalanche held off the San Jose Sharks for a 4-3 victory in the second game of their Western Conference Second Round series, which is tied 1-1.
Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon each had a goal and an assist, Matt Neito also scored, and Philipp Grubauer made 31 saves for the Avs, who were outshot 34-32.
Brent Burns had two goals and an assist, Evander Kane had a goal and one assist, and Martin Jones made 28 saves for San Jose, who had won four in a row dating back to Game 5 of the first round against last year’s runners up, the Vegas Golden Knights.
Burns‘ second goal came on the power play with Jones pulled for the extra skater, 51 seconds after MacKinnon had scored an emptynetter for the visitors.
Sharks v Avalanche – Tuesday, April 30 (10pm – NBCSN)
As things stand after Game 2:
➜ Canes lead Islanders 2-0
➜ Avalanche and the Sharks are tied 1-1
ALL TIMES U.S EASTERN