May 27th, 2024

NHL roundup: Islanders avoid sweep by beating Hurricanes 3-2 in double overtime

By The Associated Press on April 28, 2024.

New York Islanders Robert Bortuzzo (41) shoots the puck past Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) for the game-winning goal during the second overtime period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Saturday, April 27, 2024, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) – Mathew Barzal scored his second goal of the game on a deflection 1:24 into the second overtime and the New York Islanders beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in Game 4 on Saturday to avoid a sweep in their first-round, best-of-seven NHL playoff series.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored and Semyon Varlamov stopped 42 shots – including 18 in the overtimes – to help the Islanders stave off elimination.

Seth Jarvis and Stefan Noesen scored and Frederik Andersen finished with 33 saves for Carolina, which is seeking to advance to the second round for the fifth time in six years.

Game 5 is Tuesday in Raleigh, N.C.

Elsewhere in the NHL on Saturday:

LIGHTNING 6 PANTHERS 3

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Steven Stamkos scored his fourth and fifth goals of the series and Tampa Bay avoided elimination with a victory over Florida in Game 4 of the first-round playoff matchup.

Game 5 is Monday night in Sunrise, Fla. Only four times in 206 attempts has an NHL team rebounded from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.

Stamkos opened the scoring during the Lightning’s three-goal first period and helped ease Florida’s sustained pressure during the opening half of the third period with his goal at 9:34 that gave Tampa Bay a 5-3 lead. Nicholas Paul added a goal during a 5-on-3 power-play goal with 3:38 to go.

Brandon Hagel had two goals and an assist, and Brayden Point added a goal and two assists for the Lightning. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves, with Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman both getting three assists.

BRUINS 3 MAPLE LEAFS 1

TORONTO (AP) – Brad Marchand broke the Boston playoff goals record with his 56th and the Bruins beat Toronto in Game 4 to move within a victory of advancing to the second round.

Marchand also had an assist, James van Riemsdyk and David Pastrnak scored and Jeremy Swayman made 24 saves. Boston can wrap up the series Tuesday night at home.

Mitch Marner scored for Toronto. Auston Matthews, the NHL goals leader in the regular season with 69, sat out the third period. He missed practice Friday. Fellow forward William Nylander played after missing the first three games of the series because of an undisclosed injury.

Ilya Samsonov started in goal for the Maple Leafs, stopping 14 of 17 shots in the first two periods, and Joseph Woll made five saves in the third.

STARS 3 GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (OT)

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Wyatt Johnston scored his second goal of the game in overtime to give Dallas a victory over Vegas, cutting the defending champion Golden Knights’ series lead to 2-1.

Johnston, who had a team-high eight shots, dragged the puck down the left side to the goal line, drawing goalie Logan Thompson into a low position, and beating him with a high shot 16:23 into the extra period.

Miro Heiskanen also scored for the Stars, and Jake Oettinger made 32 saves. The Stars had lost six straight against Vegas.

Brayden McNabb and Jack Eichel scored for Vegas, and Thompson stopped a career-high 43 shots. Dallas, which averaged 31.5 shots per game during the regular season, held a whopping advantage of high-danger shots, 27-4.

Game 4 is Monday night in Las Vegas.

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