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Hamilton returns Nelson's head tap as series, game of tag end

Hurricanes forward caps busy day with some payback against Islanders

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Hamilton gives Nelson tap on head

Hamilton taps Nelson's head in handshake line

Dougie Hamilton taps Brock Nelson's head in the handshake line at the conclusion of the series after Nelson tapped Curtis McElhinney in Game 3

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The Carolina Hurricanes won the Eastern Conference Second Round and the game of tag against the New York Islanders.

Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton gave Islanders forward Brock Nelson a tap on the head during the handshake line after Carolina's series-clinching 5-2 win in Game 4 at PNC Arena.

Nelson started the symbolic game of tag during the second period of Game 3 when he tapped Carolina goalie Curtis McElhinney on the head after Josh Bailey tied the game during the second period.

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Tag. You're it. pic.twitter.com/XRbUz0oxv0

Tweet from @NHLCanes: We won tag, too! 😃 pic.twitter.com/abOTplVnlC

But Hamilton ended it Friday, capping a busy day where he played 18:26 and also posed for a picture with Hurricanes mascot Stormy the Pig in a wagon.

Tweet from @NHLStormy: Does this even need a caption ? pic.twitter.com/boaGErINUe

Carolina hosted a single-game franchise record crowd of 19,495, including Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who hyped up the fans before the game by sounding the siren. The Hurricanes announced Rivera as the siren sounder Thursday, with a picture that delighted fans everywhere.

Tweet from @NHLCanes: .@Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera is tomorrow's siren sounder!#TakeWarning pic.twitter.com/PdU0ZQRves

Rivera, known as "Riverboat Ron" for his daring in-game decisions, tweeted his appreciation.

Tweet from @RiverboatRonHC: Honored to sound the siren! #TakeWarning #KeepPounding https://t.co/EKJyS1Wdhu

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