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New York Islanders: Breaking Down 5-2 Game Four Loss (Highlights)

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 03: Sebastian Aho #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes reacts after scoring a goal against Robin Lehner #40 of the New York Islanders in the first period of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on May 03, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 03: Sebastian Aho #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes reacts after scoring a goal against Robin Lehner #40 of the New York Islanders in the first period of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on May 03, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /
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RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – MAY 03: Mathew Barzal #13, center, of the New York Islanders reacts after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes in the first period of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on May 03, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – MAY 03: Mathew Barzal #13, center, of the New York Islanders reacts after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes in the first period of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on May 03, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

First Period

The New York Islanders came to play in game four. Just like the rest of us, they knew their season was on the line with a loss. And they came out fighting. Within a minute the pressure they were pouring on Carolina paid off in the form of a power play.

They’ve been terrible on the man advantage the entire regular season, but in this series, they’ve been able to get some success. Coming into the game they were two for five on the power play, or 40 percent efficient. Unlike the regular season, getting a power play meant that there was a reasonable chance the Islanders would score.

And they did!

The Islanders passed the puck around a little too much for the first half of the power play. As they normally do. But with about 30 seconds left in the power play, Barzal cuts in front of the net and gets one by McElhinney to make it 1-0.

A perfect start for the New York Islanders. They were buzzing and they were on the score sheet early. Then Leo Komarov got to work.

A minute and a half after Barzal’s goal, Komarov crosschecks Justin Williams in the defensive zone for no apparent reason. Obviously, that’s a penalty. And of course, the Hurricanes scored on the resulting power play thanks to an Adam Pelech own goal.

After a fantastic start to the period, the score was tied thanks to some sloppy play by the Islanders veteran leadership. At least the period would end 1-1.

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