Within 48 seconds: Carolina turns game
After two games in the series against the Carolina Hurricanes, the New York Islanders have their backs to the wall in play-off round two. The German team Tom Kühnhackl, Thomas Greiss and Dennis Seidenberg also lost their second home game against the Raleigh team – albeit again by a narrow margin of 1:2. Colorado around Philipp Grubauer fired the equalizer.
Less than 48 hours after the 1-0 overtime defeat in the overtime on Saturday night, the Islanders got the better start: Matt Barzal with his first play-off goal overcame Carolina’s Czech keeper Petr Mrazek in the 14th minute in the power play. With a bit of luck, though, as Hurricanes defender Jaccob Slavin faked the puck with the bat into his own goal untenable for his keeper.
In the middle third it came even thicker for Carolina, because Mrazek, who was allowed to celebrate a Shutout in game one, injured himself at the groin and could not continue. In addition to the keeper, coach Rod Brind’Amour lost in the match in defender Trevor van Riemsdyk (shoulder) and striker Saku Mäenalanen (hand) two other players who threatened to drop out longer.
The key scenes of the game then took place shortly before and shortly after the end of the second period. First, a goal scored by Islanders defender Devon Toews shortly before the final siren of the second section with the skate received no recognition (40th).
Eberle on the crossbar: Islanders find no more answer
Shortly after the start of the third period, the hurricanes struck twice within 48 seconds: first Warren Foegele scored his fifth play-off goal after only 17 seconds with a full shot into the goal angle. A little later, former Islanders striker Nino Niederreiter faked a shot from the blue line past New York goalkeeper Robin Lehner (42nd). The Islanders responded with furious attacks, but could not prevent the second defeat in the second game despite best chances – so Jordan Eberle hit only the lower edge of the crossbar – no more. Of the three German players only Kühnhackl was used again (ice time: 12:33 minutes).
31 Grubauer Parades
Philipp Grubauer and the Colorado Avalanche have meanwhile returned with an away win. On Sunday (local time), the Avs won the second game of the series against San Jose Sharks by 4:3 (0:1, 2:0, 2:2). The 27-year-old Rosenheimer convinced with strong 31 parades in the goal of the guests. Colorado defender Tyson Barrie was his team’s top scorer with one goal (37 minutes) and two assists, while the Sharks were not helped by an early leading goal or two late goals from Brent Burns. With the Avs’ victory, the second round series will be even 1-1 after matches. Match three between the two Western Conference teams will take place in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday.