Brock Nelson scored by hitting an airborne puck that had bounced off the face of Carolina’s Sebastian Aho, and the New York Islanders added two goals that came from turnovers, beating the Hurricanes 3-2 on Tuesday night and extending their first-round playoff series. .
The Islanders trailed 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, but avoided elimination by scoring the first two goals of the game and never losing while playing in front of a raucous crowd eager to see the Hurricanes become the first team to advance. to this second round of the year.
Nelson’s goal stood out. He turned the puck around after he hit Aho near the mouth and he fell to the ice, pasting Antti Raanta near the post early in the second period for a wild score.
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Pierre Engvall scored midway through the first period after taking a 1-on-1 shot at Raanta on a missed Carolina punt, while Mathew Barzal took a Martin Necas turnover the other way to beat Raanta late in the period. second for a 3-1 lead.
Ilya Sorokin withstood a strong first period from Carolina to finish with 34 saves as New York sent the series back to UBS Arena for Game 6 on Friday.
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Aho, who stepped into the locker room briefly after Nelson’s goal, and Paul Stastny scored for the Hurricanes, who were coming off a 5-2 victory that ended an eight-game losing streak in the postseason dating back to 2021.
The Hurricanes certainly would have preferred to close out this Tuesday at home considering how they’re moving forward with an injury-depleted group of forwards, including big names like Andrei Svechnikov (season-ending knee injury) and Teuvo Teravainen (broken hand suffered in Game 2). ).
Aho’s scoring on a pass behind the net by Seth Jarvis cut the deficit to 3-2 midway through the third period. But the Hurricanes came up short on a night that included the Islanders successfully challenging a one-time first-period out by Stefan Noesen for going into an uncalled offside as Carolina entered the man-advantage zone.
Raanta finished with 19 saves as Aho and defenseman Brent Burns hit the post on a frustrating night for the Hurricanes. And now, they’ll have to win again on the road to avoid a Game 7 at home on Sunday.
Engvall’s goal ended a nine-game postseason streak for the Islanders without a goal in the first period.
New York missed the playoffs last year and had not scored in the first period of a playoff game since Nelson’s score at 1:30 p.m. of Game 2 in a seven-game series loss to Tampa Bay in the semifinals. of the 2021 Stanley Cup.
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Carolina forward Jack Drury did not play Tuesday after being eliminated early from Game 4 with a hard hit to the boards by Ryan Pulock. Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said Tuesday that Drury does not have a concussion.
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Former Carolina Hurricanes forward Erik Cole, a member of the 2006 Stanley Cup-winning team, sounded the «storm warning» siren before the game for the team to clear the ice out of the locker room.