The storm surge was in full force for the Carolina Hurricanes during a 2-1 win against the New York Islanders in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round that gave them a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.
The Hurricanes enter Game 3 at PNC Arena on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS) winners of four consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff games, dating to Game 6 of the first round. The run is tied for the second-longest in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers history, behind seven straight by the 2006 team that won the Stanley Cup.
Warren Foegele and Nino Niederreiter each scored in the opening 1:05 of the third period to set a Hurricanes/Whalers record for the fastest two goals to start a playoff period, previously owned by Ray Whitney and Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour. The two scored 1:15 apart in the third period of Game 2 of the 2006 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Montreal Canadiens.
Video: CAR@NYI, Gm2: Foegele, Niederreiter give Canes lead
Foegele has seven points (five goals, two assists) in the 2019 playoffs, second behind Erik Cole's nine points (six goals, three assists) in 2002 for most goals and points by a Hurricanes/Whalers rookie in a postseason year. Niederreiter, the No. 5 pick the 2010 NHL Draft, scored his fourth career postseason game-winning goal and is one of two Hurricanes who was a first-round pick of the Islanders (Calvin de Haan, No. 12, 2009).
Carolina is two wins from the Eastern Conference Final even with six players sidelined with injuries. Starting goalie Petr Mrazek was one of three Hurricanes who left Game 2; Mrazek stopped nine of 10 shots and extended his shutout streak to 135:04 before leaving because of a lower-body injury. Curtis McElhinney made 17 saves in his first game since April 6 and is the third-oldest goalie (35 years, 340 days) to earn his first postseason victory behind Lester Patrick (44 years, 99 days) and Eddie Johnston (36 years, 136 days).
Avalanche get rare win in San Jose
The Colorado Avalanche defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-3 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round to even the best-of-7 series 1-1. It was their third win at SAP Center since the 2008-09 season (3-16-5 including regular season and playoffs). Before Sunday, Colorado's last victory in San Jose was Dec. 28, 2015; their other win in that span was Game 1 of 2010 Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Tyson Barrie had a goal and two assists for his second three-point NHL playoff game, and Nathan MacKinnon (one goal, one assist) and Mikko Rantanen (one assist) each extended their point streaks to six games. The forwards have combined for 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) and are the first Avalanche players with a postseason point streak of at least six games since Peter Forsberg (four goals, six assists in seven games) and Joe Sakic (four goals, four assists in six games) during the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Video: COL@SJS, Gm2: MacKinnon scores empty-net goal
Rookies power Blues, Stars into Game 3
The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars play Game 3 of the second round at American Airlines Center on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS). The winner of Game 3 when a best-of-7 series is tied 1-1 is 213-103 (67.4 percent), including 1-3 in 2019.
Blues rookie goalie Jordan Binnington has 29 wins in 38 starts (regular season and postseason combined) since his first NHL start Jan. 7. He can tie an NHL record for fewest starts to reach 30 wins owned by Frederik Andersen, who won his 30th game in his 39th start with the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 31, 2014.
Stars forward Roope Hintz has seven points (four goals, three assists) in eight games and is tied with Foegele for most points among rookies during the 2019 playoffs. Hintz's four goals equaled the highest total in one postseason by a Stars rookie since the team relocated to Dallas from Minnesota in 1993; Niko Kapanen scored four times in 12 games in 2003.