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McElhinney starts Game 3 for Hurricanes against Bruins

Veteran goalie replaces Mrazek with Carolina trailing Eastern Conference Final

by NHL.com @NHLdotcom

Curtis McElhinney was the starting goalie for the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Boston Bruins at PNC Arena on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

McElhinney, who in the second round became the oldest goalie to make his first Stanley Cup Playoff start (35 years, 343 days), replaced Petr Mrazek with the Hurricanes trailing the best-of-7 series 2-0. Mrazek allowed 10 goals on 52 shots in Games 1 and 2 in Boston.

 

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McElhinney went 3-0 with a 1.56 goals-against average and .947 save percentage against the New York Islanders in the second round after Mrazek was injured in the second period of Game 2. He made 17 saves on 17 shots when the Hurricanes rallied for a 2-1 win, and then made 54 saves on 58 shots (.931 save percentage) in Games 3 and 4 to complete a four-game sweep.

"We're 100 percent on board with anybody that goes in the hockey nets," Hurricanes captain Justin Williams said Monday. "I have zero qualms about anybody going in. Whoever is going to go in is going to do a great job and we're going to have a great game."

McElhinney was 20-11-2 with a 2.58 GAA and .912 save percentage in 33 starts this season, his first with Carolina. He's 82-82-15 with a 2.81 GAA and .909 save percentage in 219 NHL games (168 starts) in 11 seasons with seven teams. In the playoffs, he's 3-1-0 with a 2.30 GAA and .917 save percentage in five games (two starts) with the Hurricanes, Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs.

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