RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Undefeated at home and winners of their last six in a row, the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday finished off a clean sweep of the New York Islanders in a 5-2 win in Game 4.
And, in the process, the Hurricanes punched their tickets to the Eastern Conference Finals.
A 1-1 tie at the first intermission was blown wide open when Carolina scored twice in 66 seconds early in the second period. Teuvo Teravainen finished off a tic-tac-toe play before Greg McKegg scored to give the Hurricanes a 3-1 lead just 3:17 into the second period.
McKegg’s goal chased New York goaltender Robin Lehner in favor of Thomas Greiss.
Justin Williams then scored by redirecting a saucer pass from Jordan Staal to push the lead to 4-1 less than halfway through the second.
Justin Faulk found rookie Andrei Svechnikov in behind the Islanders’ defense to pad the lead with less than five minutes to go. Brock Nelson scored with less than a minute to play.
Curtis McElhinney, starting in place of the injured Petr Mrazek, made 26 stops on 28 shots for his second win in a row.
This sweep was Carolina’s first in franchise history.
The Hurricanes advance to play the winner of the series between Boston and Columbus, which is tied at 2-2. They would have home-ice advantage if the Blue Jackets win, but would begin the next round in Boston should the Bruins win.