NHL roundup: Hurricanes make history with win

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 13, 2019

"I like the way guys are coming to work every day". "The 5-0, it's kind of irrelevant". We need that to continue.

The Canes and Islanders last faced each other in the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. Svechnikov added an empty-netter in the final minute of the third period, his first goal of the season.

It was Haula getting his fourth goal in five games, undressing Islanders center Derrick Brassard in the corner and powering to the net, firing a shot off NY goalie Thomas Greiss (35 saves) and then banging in the rebound to make it 3-2 at 15:09 of the second. Peter Mrazek stopped 17 of 19 shots in goal.

As I wrote in the last piece, when the Hurricanes and Islanders play each other I'm not going to post the same pre-game/post-game reports twice.

Power-play opportunities_N.Y. Islanders 2 of 5; Carolina 0 of 2.

Carolina held a 16-8 edge in first-period shots.

Dougie Hamilton and Andrei Svechnikov each had a goal and an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 5-2 Friday night and improved to 5-0-0 for the first time in franchise history.

Greiss got the start Friday and finished with 35 saves on 39 shots as the crowd taunted the Islanders with chants of "Sweep, Sweep". 3, Carolina, Pesce 2 (Svechnikov), 14:42.

"Their speed gives everybody trouble", Islanders coach Barry Trotz said of the Hurricanes. "Their D gets up on it and pressure, pressure, pressure".

Hamilton made it 4-2 on a one-timer through a screen from above the right circle with 59 seconds left in the second. He has a goal and three points, even if his defensive play has left something to be desired in the young season.

"I think it's his commitment, totally", Brind'Amour said. "I thought we were, start to finish, we were ready to play".

The Canes, who host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, learned this week that forward Jordan Martinook would need surgery to fix a core muscle injury, sidelining him for six to eight weeks.

The game marked the National Hockey League debut for Hurricanes right winger Julien Gauthier, who was the organisation's first-round draft pick in 2016. Gauthier was given the traditional first-game honor of being the first player on the ice for the pregame warmups.

"We had a couple of moments there on the penalty kill that we'd probably like to have back, but really all-in-all, it was a good effort by everybody in the group".

With Martinook out, Teravainen wore an "A" as an alternate captain. And his line, with center Sebastian Aho and winger Nino Niederreiter, was flying much of the game, especially Aho.

This season the Islanders offense is fairly consistent as they have managed to get 2.33 goals a game on the year.

In posting his third multi-point game of the season, Hamilton took the strides necessary to create a turnover in the neutral zone and helped convert on a 2-on-1 with Teuvo Teravainen as the Finn opened the game's scoring at 3:57 into the opening period. "I got a second chance and the puck went in". But Hamilton, on one leg, curled the puck to Teravainen.

"I was shooting the whole way but you've got to pass when it's that easy", Hamilton said, smiling. He moved from the right side to the front of the net with the puck and converted. "That's the biggest thing - not to try to get too high or too low". "It's going good for us". We can't get too high. "We just want to leave everything out there". Granted, that seems to be the same mantra the Islanders had last season, but this year the Islanders were expected to do quite a bit more.

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