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.
2) Lehner as outstanding once again for the Isles, stopping 31 of 32 shots and making several difficult saves along the way. One of his biggest saves came midway through the second period when he denied Greg McKegg on a breakaway with the top of his outstretched left pad.
3) Lehner's counterpart, Petr Mrazek, was also up to the task for Carolina. He earned his second shutout of the postseason by making 31 saves.
4) After the Islanders played their first-round home games at Nassau Coliseum, they were back at Barclays Center for the start of the second round, and any hope of the ice conditions being better than everyone's used to dissipated quickly. The puck was bouncing wildly throughout the game and players seemed to have issues keeping their edges. Unfortunately, this is par for the course in Brooklyn.
5) It appeared Mathew Barzal had given the Isles the lead at 17:07 of the second, but it was waved off as Anders Lee was penalized for goaltender interference. With 4:26 left in the third period, a Ryan Pulock slapper hit the outside of the net and got stuck; the horn sounded and the fans cheered but the referee quickly and accurately ruled no goal. Josh Bailey led the Isles with five shots on goal.
The Islanders will host Game 2 against the Hurricanes in Brooklyn Sunday at 3 p.m.