Stastny’s half-time goal sent the Hurricanes past the Isles into round 2


Paul Stastny scored at 6:01 in extra time, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 2-1 on Friday night in Game 6 to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup knockouts.

Sebastian Aho tied it in the middle of the third period for the Storm. Frederik Andersen saved 35 shots at the start of his first game of the season.

Cal Clutterbuck scored for the Islanders and Ilya Sorokin finished with 39 saves. New York were knocked out in the first round for the first time in their last five visits to pre-season.

The Hurricanes come forward to face the winner of the series between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils. Devils took a 3-2 lead as they entered Game 6 on Saturday night.

Derek Stepan started the winning streak in extra time when he blocked a pass from Islanders defender Adam Pelech. Stepan slid up and passed to Stastny, who unleashed a sharp angled shot from the line that went wide of Sorokin’s left goal and into between his legs.

It was the third overtime playoff winner of Stastny’s career.

After taking the lead at each half of the first two innings, the Hurricanes took a 19-5 lead in the third and equalized the score midway.

Sorokin denied a backhand from Jesse Puljujarvi 2:13 in the third round to keep the Hurricanes ahead. At the other end, Andersen saved Casey Cizikas’ shot less than 10 seconds later. Sorokin also made a nice glove save with Jordan Martinook at 8:17.

Aho from the left step at 9:24 when he hits the ball from the air with his glove and knocks Sorokin down. It was his fourth goal in the series.

The Islanders overcame the Storm 17-11 in the goalless second half, seeing both sides have plenty of scoring opportunities.

Sorokin put on gloves for Brady Skjei’s 1:03 scoring shot in the second half. Andersen then made a shot from the middle of the circle by Brock Nelson four minutes later.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi nearly equalized for Carolina, but his shot went over the bar at 7:48. The Islanders maintained pressure in the attacking area midway through, with Andersen blocking efforts by Scott Mayfield and Cizikas less than 20 seconds apart.

The UBS Arena crowd erupted in boos when Aho knocked out New York defender Sebastian Aho, with three-and-a-half minutes remaining, earning a penalty for an obstruction. The Islanders hit three shots on target in power play.

New York beat Carolina 11-8 in the first half and had more chances to score.

The Hurricanes went seven and a half minutes between their first two shots on goal, from Martin Necas’ effort from the left circle at 1:03 in the game to Brett Pesce’s shot from the right spot at 8:31 .

The Islanders hit the scoreboard as they took advantage of Hurricane sales in the neutral zone. Clutterbuck received a pass from Ryan Pulock, slid up the right flank and shot from the right circle past Andersen at 9:20 to score his first goal of the series.


The Hurricanes switched to Andersen after Antti Raanta started the first five games of the series. Raanta conceded 3 goals from 22 shots in a 3-2 loss in Game 5. In this series, Raanta has a goal-to-average ratio of 2.59 and a save rate of 0.906.

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