RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sebastian Aho and Stefan Noesen scored energy-play objectives to assist the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders two-1 on Monday evening to open their very first-round playoff series.

Noesen’s tip on Brent Burns’ shot from up top rated proved to be the winner at two:27 of the second period, though Antti Raanta completed with 25 saves to lead a defensive work that saw the Hurricanes turn away every single likelihood the Islanders had with a man benefit to take the lead in the very best-of-7 series.

Carolina, which came into the game with the league’s No. two penalty kill, denied all 4 of New York’s energy plays. The Hurricanes also withstood the final roughly 90 seconds to defend the lead soon after the Islanders had pulled Ilya Sorokin for the further attacker.

Ryan Pulock beat Raanta early in the second period for the Islanders, a major purpose coming moments soon after Carolina had taken a two- lead on Noesen’s score. But that ended up getting the final time either group would come across the net, setting up a third-period grind to the final horn.

Sorokin completed with 35 saves for the Islanders, which includes a major a single midway via the third when he slid across the crease just in time to quit Seth Jarvis close to the post soon after a great pass from Teuvo Teravainen.

The Hurricanes are in the playoffs for the fifth straight season, the very first such run considering that the former Hartford Whalers relocated to North Carolina in 1997. They won their final two frequent season games to clinch a division title for the third straight season. And they entered the postseason second only to Boston in the NHL standings.

The Islanders had reached the Stanley Cup semifinals in 2020 and 2021 just before missing the playoffs final season, but they grinded their way to the Eastern Conference’s top rated wild-card spot in a tight finish to the season.


Islanders star Mathew Barzal returned from a reduced-physique injury that price him 23 straight games. He hadn’t played considering that Feb. 18, although he started skating earlier this month and rejoined the group for practice late final week.

Barzal returned to the top rated line alongside captain Anders Lee and midseason trade acquisition Bo Horvat. Barzal saw additional than 21 minutes of ice time and tallied two shots.


Carolina star Andrei Svechnikov took aspect in the pregame make-up regardless of getting sidelined by a season-ending knee injury that could present a considerable obstacle to Carolina’s push to win the Cup.

The forward sounded the pregame “storm warning” siren for the group to take the ice from the locker area. Moments earlier, he got a rousing cheer and ovation from towel-waving fans, with Svechnikov waving and patting his heart in acknowledgement.

Duke football coach Mike Elko and North Carolina State men’s basketball player D.J. Burns Jr. — a fan-preferred major man with the plan that shares the arena with the Hurricanes — sounded the siren for the following intermissions.

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Game two is Wednesday in Raleigh just before the series shifts to New York.


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