Game 3 will happen on May 1 at 7 p.m. back in Raleigh.
In the team hallway just before warmups, Jordan Martinook was in uniform and true to form was hooting and hollering, getting his teammates fired up.
Martinook didn't end up playing, however, and Trevor Van Riemsdyk and Petr Mrazek were both forced out of the game by injury.
Perhaps the lowest point in the game--a near 90 second 2-man advantage in the 2nd period that not only didn't net a goal, it couldn't even manage a shot on goal. The power play outage has been a seemingly decades long struggle, but that was ridiculous even by those low standards.
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Just 17 seconds into the third, Warren Foegele continued his dazzling postseason with a wristed BB past Robin Lehner. Before the shock of that goal could even register, Nino Niederreiter had also scored, just 48 seconds later. Just like that, this game, and the series was turned on its head.
Curtis McElhinney was brilliant in surprise duty, repelling (with the occasional help of his buddy the crossbar) several strong Islander shots. He is the arch-backup for just this situation. Unflappable and in this case, unbeatable.
For two periods, whatever magic dust Rod Brind'Amour has been sprinkling over his battered and fatigued team the last 3 games seemed gone. It turns out he had another handful left.
The Canes would've been happy to head home deadlocked at one game each. They are certainly ecstatic to be up 2-0.
A raucous PNC Arena awaits. Now to get rested, and where possible, get healthy. This team is ever so slowly starting to smell of destiny.
The featured video at the top of the article is from a previous update.