Hurricanes troll Islanders with tag

Hurricanes troll Islanders with tag

Hurricanes troll Islanders with tag

The New York Islanders season ended when they were swept by the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Second Round with a 5-2 loss in Game 4 at PNC Arena on Friday.

NOTES: Carolina D Justin Faulk added two assists. The Islanders didn't score a single even-strength goal in the slot during this series, whereas all of Carolina's 5-on-5 offense came from the house in front of the net. When Petr Mrazek pulled up lame early in the second period of Game 2 in Brooklyn, they went to career second banana Curtis McElhinney, who had only been in two playoff games in mop-up duty in his 11 National Hockey League years. "He has put in his dues, put in his time".

Memo to Grapes: Your Carolina Hurricanes are a bunch of unstoppable jerks. The Hurricanes would hold home-ice advantage for the next round if their next opponent is Columbus.

"It was a real tough decision because in this series, goaltending really wasn't the problem, " Trotz said of mulling the switch before the game. The switch came more out of Trotz's desperation to find something - anything - that could extend his team's season a little longer.

We've already gone over the Islanders' offensive struggles as a whole, but it's worth pointing out that they got nearly nothing late in the four games of this series.

The Hurricanes are basking in the glory of their Eastern Conference semifinal win over the Islanders both on the ice and off of it. Now they know how it feels on the other end. Teuvo Teravainen scored a team-high two goals for the Hurricanes in the victory. NY has converted on 14.5 percent of power-play opportunities, scoring 33 power-play goals. The Isles never really recovered, eventually falling behind 5-1 before Brock Nelson scored what was basically just a dignity goal. Barzal slipped behind Jaccob Slavin and poked the rebound of Devon Towes' shot past McElhinney for his second goal in three games.

The Islanders took an early lead in game four, scoring the first goal, but the Hurricanes came back with five unanswered goals, including three in the second period. Trotz called a timeout ostensibly to give their other goalie Thomas Greiss a chance to get ready as he sat across the rink (no room for back-ups on the bench) and cleared his throat. Barzal converted for a goal. NY scored two goals at even strength, none until Josh Bailey's wrist shot against McElhinney at 14:13 of the second period of Game 3.

3 takeaways from the Bruins’ Game 4 win over the Blue Jackets
It may very well be enough to swing this series in Boston's favor, especially with the Bruins regaining home-ice in the process. The first period in Columbus had a little bit of everything, including some controversy, but we'll get to that in a bit.

Aho was credited with Carolina's first goal, ending the team's 0-for-23 stretch on power plays.

And there will be questions, as there were for the Islanders, about how a team with that much time off will fare against a battle-hardened team coming out of a six- or seven-game series. He was even better than what he showed in his 33 regular-season games, over which he went 20-11-2 posting a 2.58 goals-against average and a.912 save percentage.

As the Hurricanes were pouring it on, Williams' goal gave him 100 career playoff points.

Islanders right winger Cal Clutterbuck, who was questionable for Game 3 but still played, was scratched from the lineup Friday night.

Islanders coach Barry Trotz, who led the Capitals to the Stanley Cup championship past year, said, "We don't fault anybody".

At this point, after a nonstop four-week grind - and, really, after nearly as relentless three-month grind just to make the playoffs - it's a risk Rod Brind'Amour is willing to take.

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