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May 3, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz looks on from behind the players bench against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period in game four of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Islanders 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
May 3, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz looks on from behind the players bench against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period in game four of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Islanders 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Barry Trotz couldn't find the right buttons to push as the Islanders were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs Friday evening.

Different line combinations, a goaltender swap early in the second period and the threat of elimination weren't enough as the Hurricanes defeated the Islanders 5-2 and advanced to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2008-09.

Several teams have won 4-0 and then lost 0-4 in consecutive playoff series. However, the only team to do that in the first two rounds of a postseason since the NHL expanded the first round to best-of-seven in 1986-87 was the Sabres in 1993 when they swept the Bruins and then were swept by the Canadiens (per Elias Sports Bureau.)

Tags: Adam Pelech, Anders Lee, Carolina Hurricanes, Mathew Barzal, Robin Lehner
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Canes complete sweep of Isles 00:02:01
Head coaches Barry Trotz and Rod Brind'Amour comment on the Hurricanes sweep of the Islanders.

Four up, four down. That's how it went for the Islanders in the playoffs as after they swept the Penguins in the first round, they just couldn't make enough plays to pull out a victory against the Hurricanes. The Isles dropped Game 4 Friday night, 5-2, and were swept out of the postseason.  >> Box Score

Six takeaways from Friday's game...

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May 1, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; A general view of PNC Arena prior to game three of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports  (James Guillory)
May 1, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; A general view of PNC Arena prior to game three of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

The Islanders might get swept Friday night in Raleigh, but there won't be any brooms in PNC Arena.

In a message to season-ticket holders, the Hurricanes told fans that brooms won't be allowed inside when Carolina hosts Game 4 of the second-round series.

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May 1, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) battles for the puck with New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) in game three of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports  (James Guillory)
May 1, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) battles for the puck with New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) in game three of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Calvin de Haan played at both Nassau Coliseum and Barclays Center during his five seasons with the Islanders before signing with Carolina last summer. He knows how rowdy the fans can get in Uniondale, and he believes the Islanders playing their second-round home games in Brooklyn helps his current team.

"It's great for us," de Haan said Thursday, according to Newsday. "It's good for the away team. It kind of negates the home-ice advantage to a certain extent. I've played there (the Coliseum) and it's loud and you do feed off of that. Whether you think of it or not, you do feed off the momentum of the crowd and it seemed to elevate everybody on the bench. But it is what it is. That's Mr. Bettman's decision so, whatever."

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May 1, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams (14) celebrates after a goal against the New York Islanders during the third period in game three of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports  (James Guillory)
May 1, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams (14) celebrates after a goal against the New York Islanders during the third period in game three of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

The New York Islanders left Barclays Center believing the results were not a reflection of their effort through the first two games of the Second Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

However, on Wednesday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, the Islanders were not the better team and now face a monumental challenge trailing the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-0.

Teuvo Teravainen scored twice and Sebastian Aho recorded a goal and an assist, as the Hurricanes skated to a 5-2 victory in Game 3. Justin Faulk and Justin Williams also found the back of the net while Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves.

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Trotz realistic after 5-2 loss 00:00:51
Barry Trotz is realistic after the 5-2 loss against the Hurricanes. The Isles have a steep hill to climb as the Canes can clinch on Friday.

The Islanders are in a big hole after the Hurricanes handled them in a 5-2 loss on the road to give themselves a 3-0 lead in this Second Round series. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) It was the Hurricanes getting on the board first, as Teuvo Teravainen buried it right next to the goal line. But Devon Toews quickly made it a tie game at one apiece with a power play goal. It was the rookie's first Stanley Cup Playoff goal of his career. 

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New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee handles the puck against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek during the second period in Game 1 of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee handles the puck against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek during the second period in Game 1 of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

Islanders coach Barry Trotz said their objective this week is to put wins together, one at a time.

"You can't win two unless you focus on the first, so we'll focus on the first and go from there," he said.

The Hurricanes have already knocked off the defending champion Capitals. Now they're trying to topple the team coached by last year's title-winning coach. >> Read More

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Apr 28, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner (40) makes a save against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period of game two of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 28, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner (40) makes a save against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period of game two of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Maybe this can be considered a guarantee, maybe not.

At the very least, Robin Lehner's comments to the New York Post Tuesday before the Islanders traveled to Raleigh for Game 3 reflect the great amount of confidence the Islanders maintain despite trailing 2-0 in their second-round series against Carolina.

"It's not a big deal. We're just going to go down there and win," Lehner told The Post.

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Trotz ready for critical game 3 00:00:42
Ahead of Game 3 on the road, Barry Trotz and the Isles aren't panicked.

There was a lot of talk about reality by the Islanders Sunday after Game 2 in Brooklyn. There was Barry Trotz, whose players generally carry the same poise he presents behind the bench, talking about how his team played a fairly complete game.

"That's the cruel reality sometimes is that you play really well and you don't get the result," he said.

Then there was Robin Lehner, the outstanding goaltender who summed up the game in this way: "We're not going to put excuses on hitting posts and bars and stuff, but the reality is I think we were the better team, and they just scored one more than us."

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New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee shoots against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Curtis McElhinney in front of Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce and Islanders center Brock Nelson during the third period of Game 2 of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee shoots against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Curtis McElhinney in front of Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce and Islanders center Brock Nelson during the third period of Game 2 of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

It changed in a matter of moments for the Islanders Sunday afternoon.

The Islanders entered the third period of Game 2 with a one-goal lead, but in the first 65 seconds of the final frame, the game was flipped upside down when the Hurricanes lit the lamp twice and stormed to a 2-1 victory

Warren Foegele wired a wrister from a sharp angle just 17 seconds into the third period, and then former Islander Nino Niederreiter redirected a puck past Robin Lehner 48 seconds later to give the Hurricanes a one-goal advantage they would never relinquish.

"It's pretty simple, we played our game for close to 59 minutes," Islanders captain Anders Lee said. "Credit to them for popping two and holding us at the end."

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Isles fall to Hurricanes, 2-1 00:00:45
Barry Trotz and Robin Lehner discuss missed scoring opportunities as the Islanders fell to the Hurricanes on Sunday in Brooklyn, 2-1.

The Islanders allowed two third-period goals and lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Sunday at Barclays Center in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, falling in a 2-0 series deficit. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) Leading 1-0 heading into the third period, Robin Lehner and the Islanders allowed two goals in a 48-second span. Warren Foegele tied it 17 seconds into the period for Carolina, and Nino Niederreiter deflected a shot in front of Lehner into the back of the net to make it 2-1.

2) After outscoring the Penguins 14-7 in a four-game sweep, the Islanders have managed just one goal through the first two games of the conference semis.

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Apr 26, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner (40) and defenseman Nick Led (2) defend the net as Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams (14) skates with the puck during the third period in game one of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Apr 26, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner (40) and defenseman Nick Led (2) defend the net as Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams (14) skates with the puck during the third period in game one of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

The Islanders were locked in a scoreless duel that stretched into overtime, but they fell to the Hurricanes at home Friday night, 1-0, in Game 1 of the second round. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Friday's game

1) Jordan Staal scored the game's only goal 4:04 into overtime to give the Hurricanes the win and hand the Isles their first loss of the postseason. Nino Niederreiter had a bank pass off the end boards around the net to Staal, whose shot went off Robin Lehner's left skate as he was trying to close the post and went in.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Robin Lehner, Ryan Pulock
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Isle fans could be advantage 00:00:38
Patrick Sharp said the atmosphere at Nassau Coliseum was insane, he expect fans will bring the same thing to Barclays Center.

The Islanders have been off since Apr. 16, when they completed a four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 3-1 win. It was just the second postseason series win since 1994 for New York, which advanced to the second round in 2016.

The Islanders held five practices during their long break, but head coach Barry Trotz sensed something different Thursday morning.

"You could tell that there's guys that are turning the switch on a little bit -- not that they've turned it off, they've done a really good job, but I think the urgency is definitely there," said Trotz, who coached the Capitals to the Stanley Cup title last season before joining the Islanders last June. "They're a little more business-like, if you will. They've been business-like right through, but this is just a little different level."

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New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield and center Valtteri Filppula high-five after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield and center Valtteri Filppula high-five after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

After waiting for more than a week, the Islanders finally found out late Wednesday night that they'll play the Hurricanes -- the Bunch of Jerks -- in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. And because Carolina upset Washington in Game 7 on the road, the first road win by a team in the series, the Isles will get home-ice advantage in the second round, with Game 1 in Brooklyn on Friday night.

Will the well-rested Islanders be rusty Friday night having not played since last Tuesday? Or will they be able to pounce on a Hurricanes squad tired and beat up after a grueling seven-game series?

Let's take a look at how the Islanders and Hurricanes match up heading into the second round of the postseason.

Tags: Adam Pelech, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Carolina Hurricanes, Casey Cizikas, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Matt Martin, Robin Lehner, Ryan Pulock, Tom Kuhnhackl, Valtteri Filppula
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Feb 28, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) and right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) and defenseman Scott Mayfield (24) during the second period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 28, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) and right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) and defenseman Scott Mayfield (24) during the second period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The stage is set for the Second Round matchup between the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes. 

The Islanders still have home ice advantage after the Hurricanes upset the reigning Stanley Cup-champion Capitals in Game 7 on Wednesday night. These two teams will kick off the new series on Friday night in the Barclays Center at 7 p.m.

After the home opener, here's how the schedule breaks down...

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Lehner continues dominant play 00:00:48
Robin Lehner's play was outstanding against the Penguins. Can he keep it up, former NHL player Patrick Sharp gives his opinion.

Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner turned his life around, getting sober after abusing alcohol and drugs, and then turned his career around. His outstanding season led to Lehner becoming one of the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy.

He followed that up with a terrific first round as the Isles swept the Penguins in the first round. NBC Sports analyst Patrick Sharp, a three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Blackhawks, breaks down Lehner's play and a potential goalie matchup against either Washington's Braden Holtby or Carolina's Petr Mrazek.

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Apr 12, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) celebrates with goalie Robin Lehner (40) after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in game two of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 12, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) celebrates with goalie Robin Lehner (40) after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in game two of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Islanders are going to be waiting a while to find out who their next opponent is.

They know for the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs that they'll play the winner of the Washington-Carolina series, but that series is guaranteed to go until at least Monday night after the Hurricanes defeated the Capitals Thursday night in Game 4 to tie the series at 2-2. The home team has won each game, and Washington will host Game 5 on Saturday before the series shifts back to Raleigh Monday for Game 6. Had Washington won Thursday, they could've won the series on Saturday.

So it will be more than a week between games for the Isles, who clinched a sweep of the Penguins on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. 

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Apr 1, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders celebrates the goal by New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Apr 1, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders celebrates the goal by New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

By losing to the Maple Leafs on Monday and failing to close in on the Capitals, the Islanders left themselves open to losing control of their destiny as they hope to open the playoffs next week at Nassau Coliseum.

But the idle Isles caught two breaks on Tuesday when the Penguins, who are two points behind the Isles in third place in the Metropolitan Division, lost 4-1 to a lottery-bound Red Wings team, and the Blue Jackets fell 6-2 to the Bruins. Carolina defeated Toronto 4-1 to jump Columbus in the standings.

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Harvard defenseman Adam Fox, whose NHL rights are owned by Carolina, won't be signing an entry-level deal with the Hurricanes, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun, and the Jericho, N.Y. native is being linked to the Rangers.

The Hurricanes will try to trade Fox, owner Tom Dundon told The News & Observer. Carolina acquired Fox's rights from Calgary in a trade at last year's NHL Draft which saw the Hurricanes bring in Fox, Dougie Hamilton and Michael Ferland for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm

LeBrun had recently mentioned that the Rangers are believed to be among the teams interested in Fox, a third-round pick from the 2016 draft, and it wouldn't be a surprise if the 21-year-old righty were interested in joining the Blueshirts, who were his favorite team growing up. 

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Feb 14, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; The New York Islanders celebrate after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Feb 14, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; The New York Islanders celebrate after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The most important piece of business for the Islanders was taken care of Saturday night when they punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Now they look ahead to which seed they might get and who they might face when the first round starts next week.

But even though there are just three games remaining in the NHL regular season entering their Monday night matchup against John Tavares and the Maple Leafs, the Isles can finish anywhere from first in the Metropolitan Division to the last wild-card spot.

Let's take a look at all the playoff scenarios as the Islanders, who currently occupy the No. 2 spot in the Metro, prepare for the final week of the season:

Metropolitan Division champions

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New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period of their game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period of their game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Marcus Johansson scored two goals as the Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Sunday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 11:35 NJD Pavel Zacha (power play); Assists: Ryan Murphy, Nico Hischier
  • 19:03 NJD Marcus Johansson; Assists: Nico Hischier, Kyle Palmieri
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Rangers fall to Hurricanes 00:01:22
The Rangers react to a 3-0 loss at home on a night where all eyes were upon the 1994 Stanley Cup team.

The Rangers could not score against Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek as Carolina pulled ahead by scoring three goals in the third period to shutout New York, 3-0, on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


Third period:

  • 6:43 CAR Warren Foegele; Assists: Saku Maenalanen, Greg McKegg
  • 18:45 CAR Andrei Svechnikov (ENG); Assists: Brock McGinn, Brett Pesce
  • 19:31 CAR Brock McGinn (ENG); Assist: Brett Pesce
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Dec 31, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates after defeating the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Dec 31, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates after defeating the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

The Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers may not make the playoffs this season, but they both appear eager to make it as difficult as possible for anyone else to reach the postseason.

A pair of teams looking to do more than play spoiler will face off Friday night when the New York Rangers host the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden.

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New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher controls the puck against Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jordan Martinook during he first period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher controls the puck against Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jordan Martinook during he first period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils allowed two goals in a span of eight seconds in the first period as they lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Sunday at PNC Arena. >> Box score


First period:

  • 0:22 CAR Justin Williams; Assists: Jordan Staal, Brock McGinn
  • 0:30 CAR Micheal Ferland; Assists: Teuvo Teravainen, Dougie Hamilton
  • 6:33 NJD Pavel Zacha; Assists: Marcus Johansson, Jesper Bratt
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Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jordan Martinook and New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey battle during the first period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)
Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jordan Martinook and New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey battle during the first period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers allowed four unanswered goals in the third period as they lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 8-5 on Sunday at PNC Arena. >> Box score

Third period:

  • 4:26 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Tony DeAngelo, Jesper Fast
  • 5:01 CAR Lucas Wallmark; Assists: Jordan Martinook, Andrei Svechnikov
  • 10:44 CAR Andrei Svechnikov; Assists: Justin Faulk, Calvin de Haan
  • 11:31 CAR Warren Foegele; Assist: Justin Williams
  • 19:29 CAR Teuvo Teravainen (ENG); Assist: Sebastian Aho
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New York Islanders center Jordan Eberle and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Klas Dahlbeck battle over the puck during the second period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders center Jordan Eberle and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Klas Dahlbeck battle over the puck during the second period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders lost their third straight game after falling to the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 2:50 CAR Jaccob Slavin; Assists: Joakim Nordstrom, Victor Rask
  • 4:44 CAR Lee Stempniak

Second period:

  • 10:29 NYI Josh Bailey; Assists: Ryan Pulock, John Tavares
  • 12:22 NYI Anders Lee (power play); Assists: Tavares, Mathew Barzal
  • 14:04 CAR Rask; Assists: Joakim Nordstrom, Slavin

Third period:

  • 8:05 NYI Lee (power play); Assists: Bailey, Tavares
  • 13:11 CAR Trevor van Riemsdyk; Assists: Teuvo Teravainen, Sebastian Aho
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New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier scores a first-period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier scores a first-period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils won their third straight game with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday at PNC Arena. >> Box score


First period:

  • 10:56 NJ Nico Hischier (power play); Assists: Sami Vatanen, Keith Kinkaid

Second period:

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New York Islanders defensemen Adam Pelech chases the puck against Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner during he first period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders defensemen Adam Pelech chases the puck against Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner during he first period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)

Jaroslav Halak surrendered three goals in the first period as the New York Islanders lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Sunday at PNC Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • 1:50 CAR Sebastian Aho (power play); Assists: Teuvo Teravainen, Justin Faulk
  • 3:40 CAR Teravainen; Assists: Aho, Noah Hanifin
  • 10:44 NYI Nick Leddy
  • 17:13 CAR Elias Lindholm; Assists: Phillip Di Giuseppe, Jeff Skinner

Second period:

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New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube makes a pad save against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube makes a pad save against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jean-Francois Berube and Thomas Greiss both allowed four goals as the New York Islanders lost to the Carolina Hurricanes, 8-4, on Monday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:11 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Andrew Ladd, Thomas Hickey
  • 14:14 CAR Jaccob Slavin; Assists: Elias Lindholm, Victor Rask
  • 14:40 CAR Joakim Nordstrom; Assists: Lee Stempniak, Slavin
  • 17:32 NYI Stephen Gionta; Assists: Cal Clutterbuck, Nikolay Kulemin 

Second period:

  • 2:43 NYI Calvin de Haan; Assists: Joshua Ho-Sang, Hickey
  • 6:51 CAR Justin Faulk; Assists: Jordan Staal, Noah Hanifin
  • 8:02 CAR Jeff Skinner; Assists: Elias Lindholm, Matt Tennyson
  • 8:58 CAR Faulk; Assists: Noah Hanifin, Patrick Brown
  • 11:45 CAR Slavin (short handed)
  • 13:50 NYI Ho-Sang; Assist: Anthony Beauvillier

Third period:

  • 3:43 CAR Skinner (Penalty Shot)
  • 10:57 CAR Slavin; Assists: Teuvo Teravainen, Staal
Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Carolina Hurricanes, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey
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New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy looks on during the first period against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy looks on during the first period against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Islanders host the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Barclays Center.

According to STATS:

  • The Hurricanes have won their first two games against the Islanders this season, including an overtime win in Brooklyn during the last meeting. The last time Carolina had three wins in a season against New York was 2013-14.
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New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau (11) skates with the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau (11) skates with the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils (15-16-7) look to win their second consecutive game as they take on the Hurricanes (16-13-7) in Carolina on Tuesday.

According to STATS:

  • New Jersey beat Boston, 3-0, last night at Prudential Center, winning for the second time in its last three tilts, and recording its second shutout in the last six contests (had zero shutouts in first 32 games of the season). The Devils have netted three or more goals just 13 times in 2016-17 -- tied with Buffalo for fewest in the Eastern Conference.
  • Carolina dropped a 3-1 decision in Tampa on New Year's Eve, falling to 2-7-2 on the road since Thanksgiving. The Hurricanes are just 1-11-4 (.188) when allowing three or more goals in 2016-17 -- worst in the Eastern Conference.
  • The Devils have taken both meetings with the Canes this season, 4-1 at PNC Arena on November 6, and 2-1 in a shootout at Prudential Center on November 8. Dating to the beginning of 2014-15, these clubs have split their last six tilts in Raleigh, each skating off with three wins.
  • P.A. Parenteau lit the lamp last night, giving him three goals in his last four games, and six in his last 10 skates overall (had five goals in first 26 games of the season). Parenteau has three points (2g, 1a) in his last three games vs. the Canes.
  • Sebastien Aho scored Carolina's lone goal Saturday night, giving him three points (1g, 2a) during his current career-long three-game scoring streak, and 20 points on the season overall. All seven of Aho's markers this season have come at even-strength.
  • New Jersey is 3-2-2 in the second of back-to-back tilts this season. Tonight's game marks the 14th time Carolina will take on a team in the second of back-to-backs in 2016-17 -- most of any team in the league (Canes are 7-5-1 in first 13 such matches).

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New Jersey Devils center Sergey Kalinin (51) celebrates his goal during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils center Sergey Kalinin (51) celebrates his goal during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The New Jersey Devils are feeling relatively good about how they're playing, while the Carolina Hurricanes are dealing with the afterglow of a feel-good story.

The Metropolitan Division rivals meet Tuesday night at PNC Arena.

The Devils bring a stretch of two victories in three games into the tilt after defeating the visiting Boston Bruins 3-0 on Monday night. The team is still trying to make up from a miserable stretch earlier in the season.

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New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) celebrates with defenseman Damon Severson (28) after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) celebrates with defenseman Damon Severson (28) after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The New Jersey Devils have shown the ability to respond from some not-so-solid performances and that mindset could go a long way in helping the team navigate through the season.

The Carolina Hurricanes haven't been quite so in tune with dodging rough patches during the first few weeks of the season.

But Tuesday night at New Jersey, the Hurricanes aim to get on track because they've gone four games without winning in regulation.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri makes a pass. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri makes a pass. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)

Mike Cammalleri recorded a hat trick to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday at PNC Arena.

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Oct 28, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner (53) celebrates his first period goal against the New York Rangers at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner (53) celebrates his first period goal against the New York Rangers at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

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Carolina Hurricanes forward Chris Terry and New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo battle during the second period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)
Carolina Hurricanes forward Chris Terry and New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo battle during the second period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

It's been a little while since the Carolina Hurricanes or the New York Islanders won consecutive games, but it's probably only a requirement for one to make the playoffs.

It'll in fact take quite a bit more for Carolina to climb the Eastern Conference ladder, and that near-desperate attempt continues Tuesday night in Brooklyn as the clubs meet for the second time in four days.

While the Islanders (40-25-9) are trying to catch Pittsburgh for third in the Metropolitan Division, entering this contest three points back with a game in hand, the Hurricanes (33-28-15) have more work to do to track down a wild-card spot.

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson scores the game-winning goal against New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood as Devils defenseman David Warsofsky reacts during overtime at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson scores the game-winning goal against New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood as Devils defenseman David Warsofsky reacts during overtime at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

Victor Rask had the first multigoal game of his career, scoring twice as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Sunday.

Rask, who has scored in three straight games, ended the Hurricanes' skid of six consecutive games without a power-play goal when he connected in the second period to give him 20 this season.

Ron Hainsey scored the other Carolina goal, and Cam Ward made 23 saves.

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New York Islanders center Ryan Strome is congratulated by teammates as he scored against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Ryan Strome is congratulated by teammates as he scored against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders face the Carolina Hurricanes on the road on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Hurricanes have won three consecutive games against the Islanders, after losing each of their previous four games against the Isles.
  • The Hurricanes have not scored or allowed a single power-play goal over their last five games, which is tied for the third-longest such streak in the NHL this season. Earlier this season (December 21 -- January 4), the Hurricanes had an NHL-high seven-game streak of not scoring/allowing a power-play goal.
  • Entering the weekend, the Hurricanes are one of just three teams (also Red Wings and Maple Leafs) that do not have a single skater with more than 45 points this season.
  • Chris Terry is currently working on a career-long three-game goal streak, after scoring a total of just three goals over his previous 47 games.
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New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders face the Carolina Hurricanes on the road Saturday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Hurricanes have scored multiple power-play goals in four of their last six games against the Islanders, while the Isles have scored 18 power-play goals over their last 16 games against Carolina.
  • The Islanders, who have won three straight contests, can match their season-long win streaks (four games -- October 12-20 and November 28 -- December 4) with a win on Saturday night.
  • The Islanders have scored at least one power-play goal in four straight games -- one shy of their season-long streak (five games -- October 23-31), and have allowed just three power-play goals over their last 13 games.
  • Defenseman Johnny Boychuk has scored two goals over his last three games, after scoring just two goals over his previous 34 games.
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New York Rangers forward J. T. Miller is congratulated by teammates defensemen Marc Staal defensemen Kevin Klein and forward Derek Stepan after his second period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USATSI)
New York Rangers forward J. T. Miller is congratulated by teammates defensemen Marc Staal defensemen Kevin Klein and forward Derek Stepan after his second period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USATSI)

(AP) -- J.T. Miller scored twice in the second period and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.

Ryan McDonagh scored to stretch his scoring streak to four games, and Keith Yandle also had a goal for New York.

Joakim Nordstrom scored for Carolina, and Eddie Lack made 28 saves.

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New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello controls the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USATSI)
New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello controls the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

The Rangers take on the Hurricanes on the road Friday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Rangers defeated the Canucks, 3-2, in overtime at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, improving to 10-4-5 in one-goal affairs this season. New York has scored at least three goals 27 times in 2015-16 -- tied for most of any Eastern Conference club.
  • Carolina beat Toronto, 1-0, in overtime at Air Canada Centre last night, garnering at least one point for the sixth time in the last seven games (5-1-1 record). The Canes are 4-0-2 (.833) at PNC Arena since Christmas -- the fourth-best home mark in the league in the last four weeks.
  • The Blueshirts have taken both meetings with the Canes this season, each of which was played in New York. Dating to April 8, 2014, the Rangers have won eight straight games vs. Carolina overall by a combined score of 21-10.
  • Mats Zuccarello lit the lamp Tuesday night, garnering first-star accolades, and ending his season-long goalless streak at seven games. Zuccarello has one goal and 12 helpers during his current 11-game point streak vs. Carolina -- the longest active point streak of any NHL skater against the Canes.
  • Jordan Staal scored the game-winner for Carolina last night, giving him eight points (4g, 4a) in his last eight skates overall. Staal has two goals and two helpers during his current three-game home point streak vs. the Rangers.
  • Carolina is 7-2-2 (.727) in the second of back-to-back tilts this season -- third best of any team in the league. The Canes' seven wins in the second of back-to-backs are most of any NHL club this year.
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Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green (25) scores a second period goal and celebrates with his teammates during the game against the New Jersey Devils at Joe Louis Arena. (Leon Halip)
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green (25) scores a second period goal and celebrates with his teammates during the game against the New Jersey Devils at Joe Louis Arena. (Leon Halip)

The Carolina Hurricanes are suddenly playing well defensively and on the road. Struggles in both areas played a role in them being at the bottom of the Eastern Conference earlier this month.

Coming off a major confidence builder, the Hurricanes can continue their climb up the East standings Tuesday night if they beat the New Jersey Devils for the second time in four days.

Following a 5-1 home loss to the Devils on Dec. 3, Carolina was tied for the fewest points in the league with 20. The Hurricanes have since recorded 15 points (7-3-1), and the only East team with more in that span is first-place Washington.

"We're going the right way," coach Bill Peters said. "We play more of a puck-possession game. Our D skate better and is very young. That's exciting." >> Read more...

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Carolina Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm (16) (James Guillory)
Carolina Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm (16) (James Guillory)

The Devils are in Carolina on Wednesday to take on the Hurricanes at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • In each of the last five games between these teams, the losing team scored exactly one goal. At the same time, the Devils have held Carolina without a power-play goal over their last five meetings.
  • The Devils have allowed a power-play goal in three consecutive road games in the same season for the first time since a six-game streak October 16 -- November 10, 2014.
  • The Hurricanes have earned at least one standings point in six of their last seven home games (3-1-3), and have scored at least four goals in back-to-back home games for the first time since a three-game stretch February 28 -- March 5, 2013.
  • All eight of Adam Henrique's assists (and 15 of his 19 points) this season have come in Devils victories.
  • Victor Rask, who has scored a goal in back-to-back games for the fourth time in his NHL career, has never scored a goal in three consecutive NHL games.
  • Justin Faulk, who has scored a goal in back-to-back home games against the Devils, has scored at least one point in each of his last seven home games -- the longest active home point streak by a defenseman.
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The Islanders' locker room was as quiet as ever on Saturday night.

The 5-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes is one the Islanders want to quickly forget considering the lackluster performance they put on in front of a sold out Nassau Coliseum. The Isles ?allowed 41 shots on net through three periods, while only registering 24, and the Hurricanes led in shots attempted 70-46.

The Islanders, who are now preparing for a four game road trip, played sluggishly and allowed the Hurricanes to out work them for most of the 60-minute affair.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- It has been well documented that this is the Islanders final season at the Nassau Coliseum and something that has been discussed ad nauseam for the length of training camp. However Saturday night it started to sink in and the Islanders began their final year in Uniondale the right way; with a win.

The Islanders defeated the Hurricanes 4-3 in the second of a home and home with Carolina, and the final home opener in Nassau Coliseum history. The win was helping meaning in two distinct ways. One being the Islanders getting a win on a night when was so important to the fans and the other being that they began to establish a winning culture at home.

Home victories were hard to come by last season for the Isles, so to get one early is a step in the right direction.

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The New Jersey Devils defeated the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 5-2 on Friday night to move their record to 10-11-5 on the season.

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- The Devils had an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Mark Fayne, by the Hurricanes stormed back in the second period on goals by Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal.

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