Hurricanes take 3-0 series lead against Islanders

The good the bad and the unlucky The Islanders’ 0-2 series deficit by the numbers

To welcome their home crowd for Game 3, there will be rally towels sitting on their seats as they arrive, and it is an absolute troll to Hockey Night in Canada commentator Don Cherry based on the team's attitude adjustment.

"I don't feel surprised at all". "It's one of those things that I've been around long enough and I've been thrown into those situations before". It was the first postseason tally of Faulk's career.

"These guys to me are jerks", Cherry said at the time. "So I'll stop there". He's ready to go the next one. No one does it better than Carolina's captain, known as Mr.

Dallas came back against Nashville with three wins in a row to wrap up that series in six games. They also have a chance to sweep the series Friday at home. "So we're just going to have to dig in".

Credit McElhinney for allowing just two goals on 47 shots since entering this series for the injured Petr Mrazek, but the Islanders haven't found a way to score in these playoffs and it's on the verge of costing them their season.

The Hurricanes took a lead when Sebastian Aho made a great play to knock down an attempted pass from Isles' goaltender Robin Lehner, then delivered a pass to Justin Williams in front of the net. "There's other plays during a game that he's bailed us out many times".

"When he came to the bench, you could see that he was dejected", Brind'Amour said, via NHL.com. "It's special that we have him".

"I screwed up", Lehner said. In the final 14:01 of the game, NY managed just two shots.

"We had some work on it yesterday, we looked at it again today, and it always comes down to the players on the ice making plays", Williams said just hours before the puck dropped at PNC Arena. "But we're winning games, and that's important". This is a big game for us.

Trotz said Wednesday night that the Islanders are a team that's been counted out the whole season.

The Islanders quickly tied it. The Islanders kept in the zone for 77 seconds, scoring when defenseman Devon Toews' point shot made its way through an Anders Lee screen and past McElhinney to tie it at 8:20.

It was the second time a Hurricanes lead turned out to be short-lived. Faulk jumped in the air and managed to corral the puck while staying onside and charged in on a breakaway.

The Hurricanes came into Wednesday's game having whiffed on 18 straight power plays and only managing three goals on 32 attempts in the playoffs.

That goal proved to be the game-winner but the Hurricanes added two empty net goals in the final minute to secure a 5-2 win in Raleigh.

Game 3 finally showed the likes of young stud Andrei Svechnikov, and the strong veteran presence of Jordan Martinook.

But first, they must finish off NY.

"That's kind of what these games are", Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. A statement game. A game where we can obviously not put them away but get pretty darned close to the goal that we want.

Stars coach Jim Montgomery knows "5-on-5 is how you're going to win in the playoffs, and that's the area of the game that we need to improve upon".

And it will likely be a collective effort. It was Slavin's 11th assist in the playoffs, the most by a defenseman in a single postseason in franchise history. The defense as a whole has just 14 penalty minutes. Svechnikov was dynamic in limited ice time (12:13), hitting a post on a right-wing rush late in the first period. They are 0-for-23 since.

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