The New York Islanders finally know who they will be playing in the second round of the playoffs. It’s a date with the Carolina Hurricanes.
After winning Game 7 last night, the Carolina Hurricanes will be taking on the New York Islanders in the second round of the playoffs. The Hurricanes were able to complete the comeback and win in double overtime.
Honestly, last night was the perfect scenario for the Islanders. The series went to a seventh game, tiring both teams out, and then double overtime in that decisive game. It’s a quick turnaround for the Hurricanes now after a grueling first-round series.
With the Capitals loss, all four first-round seeds have been eliminated from the playoffs. Playoff hockey remains undefeated, nobody could have predicted that.
The Isles played the Hurricanes four times in the regular season and are 3-1 against them. They allowed just one goal in each of their wins and the one loss they had was a tough battled 4-3 game from January.
Most Islander fans were hoping for Carolina to win due to the home ice advantage and the easier matchup. I tend to agree, the Hurricanes are a better matchup for the Islanders than the Capitals would’ve been.
That doesn’t mean that this series will be a cake walk, it won’t, but there’s no denying that you’d take the home ice over playing the defending champions any day of the week.
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