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May 3, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz looks on from behind the players bench against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period in game four of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Islanders 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
May 3, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz looks on from behind the players bench against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period in game four of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Islanders 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Barry Trotz couldn't find the right buttons to push as the Islanders were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs Friday evening.

Different line combinations, a goaltender swap early in the second period and the threat of elimination weren't enough as the Hurricanes defeated the Islanders 5-2 and advanced to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2008-09.

Several teams have won 4-0 and then lost 0-4 in consecutive playoff series. However, the only team to do that in the first two rounds of a postseason since the NHL expanded the first round to best-of-seven in 1986-87 was the Sabres in 1993 when they swept the Bruins and then were swept by the Canadiens (per Elias Sports Bureau.)

Tags: Adam Pelech, Anders Lee, Carolina Hurricanes, Mathew Barzal, Robin Lehner
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May 1, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams (14) celebrates after a goal against the New York Islanders during the third period in game three of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports  (James Guillory)
May 1, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams (14) celebrates after a goal against the New York Islanders during the third period in game three of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

The New York Islanders left Barclays Center believing the results were not a reflection of their effort through the first two games of the Second Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

However, on Wednesday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, the Islanders were not the better team and now face a monumental challenge trailing the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-0.

Teuvo Teravainen scored twice and Sebastian Aho recorded a goal and an assist, as the Hurricanes skated to a 5-2 victory in Game 3. Justin Faulk and Justin Williams also found the back of the net while Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves.

Tags: Adam Pelech, Anders Lee, Carolina Hurricanes, Josh Bailey, Robin Lehner
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New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee shoots against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Curtis McElhinney in front of Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce and Islanders center Brock Nelson during the third period of Game 2 of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee shoots against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Curtis McElhinney in front of Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce and Islanders center Brock Nelson during the third period of Game 2 of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

It changed in a matter of moments for the Islanders Sunday afternoon.

The Islanders entered the third period of Game 2 with a one-goal lead, but in the first 65 seconds of the final frame, the game was flipped upside down when the Hurricanes lit the lamp twice and stormed to a 2-1 victory

Warren Foegele wired a wrister from a sharp angle just 17 seconds into the third period, and then former Islander Nino Niederreiter redirected a puck past Robin Lehner 48 seconds later to give the Hurricanes a one-goal advantage they would never relinquish.

"It's pretty simple, we played our game for close to 59 minutes," Islanders captain Anders Lee said. "Credit to them for popping two and holding us at the end."

Tags: Adam Pelech, Anders Lee, Carolina Hurricanes, Josh Bailey, Leo Komarov, Robin Lehner
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New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield and center Valtteri Filppula high-five after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield and center Valtteri Filppula high-five after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

After waiting for more than a week, the Islanders finally found out late Wednesday night that they'll play the Hurricanes -- the Bunch of Jerks -- in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. And because Carolina upset Washington in Game 7 on the road, the first road win by a team in the series, the Isles will get home-ice advantage in the second round, with Game 1 in Brooklyn on Friday night.

Will the well-rested Islanders be rusty Friday night having not played since last Tuesday? Or will they be able to pounce on a Hurricanes squad tired and beat up after a grueling seven-game series?

Let's take a look at how the Islanders and Hurricanes match up heading into the second round of the postseason.

Tags: Adam Pelech, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Carolina Hurricanes, Casey Cizikas, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Matt Martin, Robin Lehner, Ryan Pulock, Tom Kuhnhackl, Valtteri Filppula
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Apr 12, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner (40) makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during the third period of game two of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 12, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner (40) makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during the third period of game two of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The 2-0 series lead the Islanders are taking into Sunday's Game 3 matinee in Pittsburgh is well-earned. They were the better team throughout two games at the raucous Coliseum. And in Game 2 they clearly had the Penguins rattled, despite the fact that the Pens' core has been through it all over the years in the postseason.

But in the NHL playoffs, no lead is safe, and Barry Trotz knows that as well as anybody. Just last year, when he was with Washington, the division-winning Captials fell behind 2-0 in the first tround against Columbus after dropping the first two games in overtime. They needed double-overtime to take Game 3 and eventually winning four straight to take the series before winning the Stanley Cup.

Tags: Adam Pelech, Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal, Pittsburgh Penguins, Robin Lehner, Ryan Pulock
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New York Islanders clinched home ice against the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Anders Lee knows fans will rock the Nassau Coliseum

The Penguins have their longtime stars and the championship pedigree, but the Islanders have been up for every challenge this season, and what they may lack in individual talent is made up for in commitment and chemistry.

With that in mind, here's a look at how the Islanders and Penguins match up heading into the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Tags: Adam Pelech, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Pittsburgh Penguins, Robin Lehner, Ryan Pulock, Scott Mayfield, Thomas Greiss, Tom Kuhnhackl, Valtteri Filppula
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In Game 1 of the Opening Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Islanders picked up an exhilirating overtime win over the Penguins to kick off the series.

With the Coliseum packed to the ceiling, the Islanders looked to get on the board first in the opening minute. However, the goal was called back as an Isles player was deemed offside. But less than a minute later, Jordan Eberle potted the first goal of the night. 

Phil Kessel would tie the game up for the Penguins later in the period, but the Isles skated into the locker room with the lead after one thanks to a power play goal by Brock Nelson.  >> Box Score

Tags: Adam Pelech, Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scott Thompson
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Mar 14, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) skates away as the New York Islanders celebrate a goal during the second period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mar 14, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) skates away as the New York Islanders celebrate a goal during the second period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Anders Lee scored with 2:57 left to give the Islanders a 2-1 victory over the Canadiens Thursday night. Mathew Barzal set up the winner by stealing the puck in the Isles' zone and feeding Lee on a two-on-one. Thomas Greiss made 33 saves as the Isles earned their fourth win in the last five games. >> Box score


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Tags: Adam Pelech, Anders Lee, Mathew Barzal, Montreal Canadiens, Thomas Greiss
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Mar 3, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Scott Laughton (21) skates with the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Mar 3, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Scott Laughton (21) skates with the puck against New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

A sluggish Islanders offense plagued the team once again, as the Flyers scored two goals in each of the first two periods Sunday to hand the Isles a 4-1 loss at Nassau Coliseum. The loss was the Isles' third in four games and keeps them two points behind the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals, who picked up a point with an overtime win over the Rangers.

Four different Flyers found the back of the net and Claude Giroux accumulated two assists. Adam Pelech converted an opportunity to get the Islanders on the board late in the third period, but by thenthe game was out of reach. >> Box score


First period:

  • 8:21 PHI Travis Konecny; Assists: Radko Gudas, Robert Hagg 
  • 14:59 PHI Travis Sanheim; Assist: Giroux
Tags: Adam Pelech, Philadelphia Flyers
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Yet another of the Islanders defensive prospects currently in the pipeline is Adam Pelech, drafted in the third round of the 2012 draft. He's performed well and is high on the radar of Hockey Canada. Pelech was offered an invite to Canada's World Junior Camp over the summer but had to withdraw due to a wrist injury.?Healed up and ready to go, Pelech is leading his junior team on a surprising run.?Pelech plays for Erie of the OHL, a team that's had a bad run the last couple of years; Erie had only 29 combined wins in the previous two seasons. This year they're off to an excellent start, first in their division with already 16 wins in 20 games.A lot of that is due to having super kid Connor McDavid.?McDavid is already getting Crosby-like reviews at 16-years old, being called the 'LeBron James of Hockey'?and putting up 34 points in 19 games this year.But Pelech is also having a good year as a four-year veteran of the surging Otters. He's got 15 points and a +15 rating in 20 games thus far and is a veteran leader on Erie, which has seen some ups and downs during his tenure.Hockey's Future caught up with Pelech recently, and discussed the increased offensive output that now puts him eighth in the OHL among defensemen.[sny-box]While defense remains the focus, Pelech said adding an offensive element was a conscious goal this year.?It?s definitely something I wanted to add,? Pelech said. ?It?s something that?s come with extra experience along with the fact that we?re having team success this year. I?m just trying to make the smart plays and it?s working.?[/sny-box]The Islanders hold Pelech's rights for the rest of this year and have to make a decision as to whether to offer him an entry level contract by June 1, 2014.
Tags: adam pelech, Prospects, Kevin Schultz
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Islander County has calmed down considerably in the last 24 plus hours since the whirlwind start to the week that saw the Islanders make a huge trade and then play their first of the year against the rival Rangers.?At practice, Brock Nelson has been bouncing around the lines, spending time as the first line's extra yesterday and now the second line's extra player today. On Tuesday against the Rangers, Nelson took Colin McDonald's spot on the right wing of the fourth line.Thus far, there have been no updates on the injured Brian Strait and the concussed Lubomir Visnovsky.A large portion of Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts column this week focused on the Vanek trade. Here's one of the bullet points, where he speculates that the price for Ryan Miller is north of the price for Vanek. If true, that's kind of frightening to think about what the Islanders would have had to give to get Miller:[sny-box]2. Islanders GM Garth Snow is getting grief for?taking Thomas Vanek?instead of Ryan Miller, but the way Miller is going, do you think Regier is trading him for Matt Moulson's expiring contract, a first-round and second-round draft pick? Me neither. Regier said Monday he has "no offers" for Miller, and really hasn't had any since the summer. When the goalie does get traded, the bet is it's for a price Snow wasn't willing to pay for a rental.[/sny-box]Speaking of Ryan Miller, I think it's also about time win-loss record for goalies stopped being a way to judge how a goalie is performing or even a statistic this is tracked at all. Wins and losses are obviously something the whole team is responsible for, not just the goalie, and Miller is the perfect example.Thus far Miller is 1-9 with the Sabres, which is a horrdenous record and is outside of the Top 30 in the league in wins. But it doesn't match who Miller is as a goalie. Despite playing on an awful team and being 1-9, Miller still has a .914 SVP, which puts him 18th in the NHL -- *cough* better than Nabokov *cough* . He's also?the goalie that every fanbase without a solid starter wants to trade for, including this one. So yeah, 1-9 is not even close to representative of his talents or even how anyone is currently judging his talents. Let's just leave W/L on the curb for the garbage truck.Bridgeport captain Chris Bruton is out a month. The Sound Tigers lost 5-3 in Hartford last night. They gave up another shorthanded goal, which makes six allowed already on the year. They're also 4-for-47 on the year with the man advantage, so they're actually?getting?outscored?on the power play?through their first seven games.In ex-Isle news, Rick DiPietro got his first AHL start yesterday for the Charlotte Checkers. He allowed four on 29 shots and wore a red uniform, which just looks weird.https://twitter.com/Schultz88/status/395694624112508928LHH also debuted the Rick DiPietro owner's manual,?which is hilarious and you should go read it.Defensive prospect Adam Pelech made the OHL Super Series team. Pelech has 13 points in 15 games and is a +10 for Erie so far this season.Also: This insane columnist wants the Caps to trade Alex Ovechkin. Ok...
Tags: adam pelech, Islanders, Rick DiPietro, ryan miller, Kevin Schultz
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This August, Hockey Canada will be hosting its summer training camp, a tune up for the World Junior Championships that take place at the end of the calendar year. The Islanders will have "only" two defensive prospects at the camp after 2012 third round pick Adam Pelech pulled out due to a wrist injury.

For Pelech, this is the same injury that caused him to miss the Islanders prospect camp a few weeks ago and it's the third time he's injured his wrist. From the Erie Times-News, where Pelech plays in junior for the OHL's Erie Otters:

Tags: adam pelech, griffin reinhart, Islanders, Prospects, ryan pulock
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Tonight Team Canada announced their final roster for the 2013 World Junior Championship that will commence in Russia later this month. The WJC are a showcase for the world's best U20 players and among the players making the cut for Canada are two Islanders first round picks, Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart. 2012 third round pick Adam Pelech was also invited to training camp but was cut yesterday.
Tags: adam pelech, griffin reinhart, Islanders, News, Prospects, ryan strome
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Later this week the annual Canada - Russia Challenge kicks off and four Islander prospects will be involved. Ryan Strome, Griffin Reinhart and Adam Pelech will play for Team Canada while Andrey Pedan will suit up for Team Russia. The series is played annually to commemorate the 1972 Summit Series between the two countries. This year's series starts on August 9th at 11am (ET) and will be televised on TSN.
Tags: adam pelech, andrey pedan, griffin reinhart, News, Prospects, prospects, ryan strome
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