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Round 2 Game 4 Skinny: Hurricanes 5, Islanders 2

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the numbers on the Isles Game 4 loss to the Hurricanes

by Eric Hornick ehornick / NYI Skinny

Second Round, Gm 4: NYI @ CAR

Second Round, Gm 4: Islanders @ Hurricanes

Extended highlights of the New York Islanders at the Carolina Hurricanes

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Eastern Conference Second Round Game 4
Carolina 5, Isles 2 
Carolina wins series 4-0

School is out. The Islander season ended at 9:35pm on May 3, 2019 in the same building it began at 7:15pm on October 4, 2018.

Teuvo Teravainen and Greg McKee scored goal 66 seconds apart early in the second period to break a 1-1 tie as the Carolina Hurricanes completed a four-game sweep of the Islanders, winning the final game 5-2 before a franchise-record crowd of 19,495 at PNC Arena.

Curtis McElhinney recorded his third straight win in the series as the Islanders became the first team since the 1993 Buffalo Sabres to sweep the first round (Boston) and be swept in the second (Montreal). 

It's the only time all season that the Isles have lost four straight games, the first time that they have been swept in a playoff series since 1994 (Rangers), and the first time they have been swept in a series that they opened at home.

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Round 2, Game 3 Skinny: Hurricanes 5, Islanders 2

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the numbers on the Isles Game 3 loss to the Hurricanes

by Eric Hornick ehornick / NYI Skinny

Second Round, Gm3: NYI @ CAR

Second Round, Gm3: Islanders @ Hurricanes

Extended highlights of the New York Islanders at the Carolina Hurricanes

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Eastern Conference Second Round Game 3
Carolina 5, Isles 2 
Carolina leads series 3-0

Justin Williams scored the winning goal mid-way through the third period and the Hurricanes added two last-minute empty net goals as Carolina defeated the Isles 5-2 before a sellout crowd of 19,066 at PNC Arena.

Curtis McElhinney, who became the oldest goalie in Stanley Cup history to make his first post-season start, earned the win. 
 
The Isles lost three straight games only once in the regular season (November 5-10, 0-2-1) but have dropped the first three games of the series. 

The Isles will attempt to prolong the series, and their season, when they play Game 4 in Raleigh on Friday night.

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Round 2, Game 2 Skinny: Hurricanes 2, Islanders 1

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the numbers on the Isles Game 2 loss to the Hurricanes

by Eric Hornick ehornick / NYI Skinny

Second Round, Gm2: CAR @ NYI

Second Round, Gm2: Hurricanes @ Islanders

Extended highlights of the Carolina Hurricanes at the New York Islanders

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Eastern Conference Second Round Game 2

Carolina 2, Isles 1 
Carolina leads series 2-0

Warren Foegele and Nino Niederreiter scored 48 seconds apart early in the 3rd period as the Carolina Hurricanes rallied from a 1-0 deficit and defeated the Isles 2-1 before a sellout crowd of 15,795 at Barclays Center.

Curtis McElhinney, making his first appearance of the playoffs, stopped the final 17 Islander shots to earn his first career playoff victory. McElhinney, who replaced the injured Petr Mrazek in the second period, is the first goalie in NHL history to make his first three playoff appearances for three different teams (Calgary 2009 and Toronto 2018).

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Round 2, Game 1 Skinny: Hurricanes 1, Islanders 0 OT

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the numbers on the Isles Game 1 OT loss to Carolina

by Eric Hornick ehornick / NYI Skinny

Second Round, Gm 1: CAR @ NYI

Second Round, Gm 1: Hurricanes @ Islanders

Extended highlights of the Carolina Hurricanes at the New York Islanders

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Eastern Conference Second Round Game 1
Carolina 1, Isles 0 

Jordan Staal scored the game's only goal 4:04 into overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Isles 1-0 to take a 1-0 lead in their 2nd Round series before a sellout crowd of 15,795 at Barclays Center.

The goaltenders, Robin Lehner and Petr Mrazek, took turns making spectacular saves as both goalies extended personal shutout streaks to over 120 minutes, before Staal's first career playoff overtime matters decided the first-ever playoff matchup between the teams.

It was the second time an Islander playoff game had gone to overtime scoreless; Mike Bossy beat Tony Esposito (Chicago) at 2:31 of overtime on April 18, 1979. It was the first time a Stanley Cup game had gone to overtime scoreless since April 18, 2016 when St. Louis beat Chicago on a David Backes goal and the first Hurricane franchise game to ever do so.

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Game 4 Skinny: Islanders 3, Penguins 1

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the numbers on the Isles Game 4 win over the Penguins

by Eric Hornick ehornick / NYI Skinny

First Round, Gm4: NYI @ PIT

First Round, Gm4: Islanders @ Penguins

Extended highlights of the New York Islanders at the Pittsburgh Penguins

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The Skinny - Eastern Conference First Round
Game 4 - Isles 3, Pittsburgh 1 

It's on to Round 2. 

For the second straight game, Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored first period goals to erase an early Penguin lead as the Isles eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 3-1 victory before a sellout crowd of 18,609 at PPG Paints Arena. 

Josh Bailey's empty-netter from his own zone clinched the series for their first sweep since the 1983 Final. It's the seventh best-of-7 sweep in franchise history, but the other six all occurred between 1977-1983. 

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Game 3 Skinny: Islanders 4, Penguins 1

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the numbers on the Isles Game 3 win over the Penguins

by Eric Hornick ehornick / NYI Skinny

First Round, Gm3: NYI @ PIT

First Round, Gm3: Islanders @ Penguins

Extended highlights of the New York Islanders at the Pittsburgh Penguins

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Eastern Conference First Round Game 3
Isles 4, Pittsburgh 1 

Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored goals 1:02 apart in the first period to erase an early Penguin lead as the Isles took a 3-games-to-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 4-1 victory before a sellout crowd of 18,610 at PPG Paints Arena.

Those two goals were the fastest by the Isles in a playoff game since 2002 (Kip Miller and Mariusz Czerkawski scored 38 seconds apart vs. Toronto in game 6)

It's the first time since the 1983 Stanley Cup Final that the Isles lead a series 3-0; game 4 is scheduled for Pittsburgh on Tuesday evening

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The Skinny: Islanders 3, Penguins 1

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the numbers on the Isles Game 2 win over the Penguins

by Eric Hornick ehornick / NYI Skinny

First Round, Gm2: PIT @ NYI

First Round, Gm2: Penguins @ Islanders

Extended highlights of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the New York Islanders

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The Skinny - Eastern Conference First Round Game 2
Isles 3, Pittsburgh 1 

Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey scored goals 3:44 apart in the third period as the Isles broke a 1-1 tie and earned a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins before a sellout crowd of 13,917 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.   

Bailey's goal came on the Isles' 6th power play of the game (most in a playoff game since 2003). 

It's the first time since the 1983 Stanley Cup Final that the Isles lead a series 2-0; games 3 and 4 are scheduled for Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon and Tuesday evening.

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The Skinny: Islanders 4, Penguins 3 OT

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the numbers on the Isles Game 1 win over Pittsburgh

by Eric Hornick ehornick / NYI Skinny

First Round, Gm1: PIT @ NYI

First Round, Gm1: Penguins @ Islanders

Extended highlights of the Pittsburgh Penguins at the New York Islanders

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Eastern Conference First Round Game 1
Isles 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT) 

This time, Josh Bailey didn't give Pittsburgh a chance to answer. Bailey scored at 4:39 of overtime to give the Isles a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins before a sellout crowd of 13,917 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. 

Three times the Isles took leads in regulation, only to have Pittsburgh even the score. Finally, Bailey's first Stanley Cup overtime goal gave the Isles a 1-0 lead in the series.

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The Skinny: Islanders 3, Capitals 0

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the numbers on the Isles win over the Capitals

by Eric Hornick ehornick / NYI Skinny

NYI @ WSH

Condensed Game: Islanders @ Capitals

Extended highlights of the New York Islanders at the Washington Capitals

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The Skinny - Game 82
Isles 3, Washington 0 

Valtteri Filppula scored twice and Robin Lehner made 29 saves for his 6th shutout of the season as the Islanders concluded the regular season with a 3-0 shutout of the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals before a sellout crowd of 18,506 at Capital One Arena. 

The win clinches 2nd place in the Metro Division; the Isles will play game 1 of a playoff series at home for the first time since 1988 when they entertain the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The win gives the Isles 103 points overall and 51 on the road; both totals are the most in the Post-Cup era. The franchise-record 11th shutout of the season also clinched the Jennings Trophy for the Isles, who allowed the most goals in the NHL last season and the fewest in the NHL this season.

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The Skinny: Islanders 2, Panthers 1 (SO)

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the numbers on the Isles shootout win over the Panthers

by Eric Hornick ehornick / NYI Skinny

NYI @ FLA

Condensed Game: Islanders @ Panthers

Extended highlights of the New York Islanders at the Florida Panthers

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The Skinny - Game 81
Isles 2, Florida 1 (SO) 

Brock Nelson scored his 25th goal of the season and later scored the only goal of a four-round shootout as the Islanders moved closer to clinching home-ice in a playoff series for the first time since 1988 with a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers before a crowd of 13,775 at BB&T Center. 

Thomas Greiss made 29 saves in regulation and four more in the shootout to pick up his 23rd victory of the season.

The win gives the Isles 101 points; it is the 10th time in club history that they have reached 100, and they are only the 5th team in the NHL to do so this season. The Isles will clinch home ice on Saturday if they earn a point in Washington OR if the Rangers beat Pittsburgh. The Isles can finish no lower than 3rd but can no longer catch the Caps, who clinched their fourth consecutive division title on Thursday. 

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