NEW YORK – Outplayed for much of the first two periods while losing players to injuries, the Carolina Hurricanes scored two quick goals early in the third period and held on for another big road victory.
Warren Foegele and Nino Niederreiter scored 48 seconds apart to rally the Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday and a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
"We knew we had to make sure to come out hungry going to the third period," Niederreiter said.
Petr Mrazek stopped nine of 10 shots he faced before leaving with an injury 6 ½ minutes into the second period. Curtis McElhinney came on and finished with 17 saves.
"He's been huge," Foegele said about McElhinney. "It's not easy coming off the bench there and haven't faced a shot for 30 minutes or so and come up big with some stellar saves."
The Hurricanes opened the first round with losses at Washington, before evening the series at home. They then lost Game 5 on the road before tying it at home again and then winning a marathon Game 7 on the Capitals' ice in two overtimes to advance.
Now, after winning two in New York, they're heading home with a chance at a sweep.
Mathew Barzal scored and Robin Lehner made with 16 saves for the Islanders. New York, which had home-ice advantage in a seven-game series for the 15th time, has opened with two losses for the first time.
"We were much better than the night before (in Game 1)," Islanders captain Anders Lee said. "Now we got to go into their building and do what they did to us."