Things got out of hand quickly for the New York Islanders. With the game still up in the air, the New York Islanders needed to come out and apply pressure on the Hurricanes, keep the play going the other way and hopefully get a goal.
Two minutes into the period Teuvo Teravainen scored what was essentially a carbon copy goal for his first goal in game number two. Aho works the puck up from behind the Isles net to find Foegele who then finds Teravainen absolutely alone at the far post for the easy goal. 2-1 Hurricanes.
To make things worse 66 seconds later the Hurricanes would score again. Robin Lehner stopped a Brett Pesce point shot but couldn’t locate it as it fell to the ice, a wide-open Greg McKegg had no issues finding it. How was McKegg alone next to Robin Lehner? Where was the Islanders defense?
The Islanders were lost at this point. They came out for the second period as flat as humanly possible. So Barry Trotz did the only thing he could do, he called a time out and pulled Robin Lehner.
The Islanders predicament (down 3-1 in an elimination game) wasn’t Lehner’s fault, but if anything could spark the Islanders into life, it’s pulling the goalie.
It didn’t work though. The Islanders had no answer for the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes kept up the pressure, they kept breaking up any Islanders attack in the neutral zone, they kept frustrating the Isles, and they kept scoring.
The Hurricanes were up 4-1 within eight minutes into the second period thanks to Justin Williams’s 100th career playoff point. Things looked grim. Very grim. Down three goals in the game, and three games in the series. The come back didn’t look likely.