Wednesday night’s playoff games saw the New York Islanders travel to North Carolina for their Round 2, Game 3 matchup with the Hurricanes, and the Dallas Stars hosted the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of their Second Round series.
As things stood heading in to Wednesday evening:
➜ Carolina Hurricanes lead New York 2-0
➜ St. Louis lead Dallas 2-1
New York Islanders v Carolina Hurricanes
Teuvo Teravainen scored twice to help lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series at PNC Arena.
Carolina can sweep the best-of-7 series by winning game 4 at home on Friday (7pm, NBCSN).
Justin Williams, Sebastian Aho and Justin Faulk scored, and birthday boy Jaccob Slavin had two assists for the hosts, who were without starting goalie Petr Mrazek, forwards Micheal Ferland and Saku Maenalanen, and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk.
Despite being without numerous players, Caniacs had something to look forward to with the return of forwards Andrei Svechnikov and Jordan Martinook.
Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves for the Hurricanes on the night he became the oldest goalie to start his first Stanley Cup Playoffs Game (35 years, 343 days). He is 37 days older than Les Binkley was when he started for the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 8, 1970.
Teravainen‘s second and Aho‘s goal were both emptynetters, the first coming with 58 seconds left, the latter with 5 seconds remaining.
Devon Toews and Josh Bailey scored for the visitors, with Robin Lehner making 35 saves between the pipes.
Islanders v Canes – Friday, May 3 (7pm – NBCSN)
St. Louis Blues v Dallas Stars
Ben Bishop made 27 saves for the Dallas Stars in a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of their Western Conference Second Round series, tying their best-of-7 series at 2-2.
Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov and Mats Zuccarello all had two assist for the hosts, with Jason Dickinson, Jason Spezza, John Klingberg and Roope Hintz all scoring for Dallas, who outshot their opponents 31-29.
Vladimir Tarasenko and Robert Thomas scored, Ryan O’Reilly had two assists, and Jordan Binnington made 27 saves for the Blues, who had gone 4-0 on the road in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Both sides had a successful power play, with the visitors going 1/3 and the hosts 1/2.
Stars v Blues – Friday, May 3 (9:30pm – NBCSN)
As things stood at the end of the night:
➜ Hurricanes lead the Islanders 3-0
➜ Stars and Blues are tied 2-2
ALL TIMES U.S. EASTERN