The Hurricanes look to continue their nail-biting playoff run Sunday afternoon when they visit the Islanders in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn after a Game 1 overtime victory.
The latest bit of dramatics by the Hurricanes put their opponents into an unfamiliar position: trailing in a postseason series. The Islanders swept the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, during which they trailed for just four minutes and 51 seconds.
"Some areas we can clean up, but it was a good hockey game," Islanders right winger Matt Martin said afterward. "We'll regroup. It's a race to four (wins) so we've got to win the next one."
While the Hurricanes have had no rest, the Islanders sat for nine days -- the longest break between series for an NHL playoff team since the Blackhawks had nine days off between the Western Conference semifinals and finals in 2015 -- before Friday night, when they played at Barclays Center for the first time since Feb. 16. New York played its final 13 regular season home games and Games 1 and 2 against Pittsburgh at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.
"Overall, didn't feel rusty," Martin said. "Felt better than I thought I was going to feel. I think we fed off our crowd. First five minutes probably wasn't our best, but once we started throwing the body a little bit, our crowd got into it, kind of gave us some energy."
The Islanders practiced Saturday without center Leo Komarov and defenseman Scott Mayfield, both of whom were listed as out due to maintenance. >> Read More
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