The Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders fair and square in this four-game series. You’d be lying if you said luck didn’t play a factor though.
I don’t want it to sound like I’m diminishing what the Carolina Hurricanes did. Sweeping the New York Islanders in four games was impressive but we have to look at all the factors of the series, luck being one of them.
Shayna Goldman of The Athletic wrote an extremely detailed piece talking how the Islanders luck, or lack thereof, and the combination of the Hurricanes skill was the recipe for disaster for the Isles.
In Game 1 and Game 2, the data backs up the eye test, the Islanders were the better team. They created more scoring chances, they just weren’t able to execute on them.
Game 1 was a 1-0 game that the Isles could’ve very well won if they were able to capitalize on scoring chances. The same goes for Game 2. The Isles hit what felt like a million posts in that game.
Even an anonymous Hurricane said; “This was the horseshoe-up-the-ass game for us” when talking about Game 2.
Everything changed in Game 3, specifically at the start of the third period. The wheels fell off and the Isles couldn’t get back into the series. Yes, Carolina won fair and square, but the Isles lack of puck luck (God, I hate myself for saying that) absolutely played a role in the first two games.
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