Heading to North Carolina down by two games to none to the pesky Hurricanes in the second round of the N.H.L. playoffs is not producing panic among the Islanders. They have been relentlessly resilient all season under Coach Barry Trotz.
These Islanders have made it their habit to wear down opponents with suffocating defense, stellar goaltending and enough opportunistic goals to win 48 regular-season games and four straight against the vaunted Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening playoff round.
They were able to stifle Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but the Hurricanes — who employ a similar defensive-minded style to the Islanders — have discovered a few seams. Exhibits A and B are Jordan Staal’s overtime winner in Game 1 and a goal from the former Islanders first-round draft pick Nino Niederreiter to secure Game 2 at Barclays Center.
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Timely goals and stifling defense has been a successful formula for the Hurricanes, and the results have the Islanders looking for answers ahead of Game 3 on Wednesday in Raleigh. Despair, however, is not part of their equation.
“This is far from over,” the Islanders’ captain, Anders Lee, said after Game 2. “Tough stretch. Two games. We’ll rebound. We have no choice.”
The Islanders are perhaps seeing a mirror image of themselves in the Hurricanes under their hard-driving first-year coach Rod Brind’Amour, who won the Stanley Cup as a player with Carolina in 2006.
“They play very structured, similar to the way we play,” Islanders forward Josh Bailey said. “And we found a way to frustrate teams all year.”
The Hurricanes do not have the star power of Crosby and Malkin. But they do possess the savvy three-time Cup-winning forward Justin Williams and the fleet young scorers Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen.
Yet it was in-season acquisition of the 26-year-old Niederreiter — the fifth overall pick by the Islanders in 2010 who never established a role before being traded to Minnesota in 2013 — who proved to be the Game 2 hero after assisting on the overtime winner in Game 1.
“We knew how good defensively the Islanders are,” said Niederreiter, who joined the Hurricanes in a trade midway through this season and scored 14 goals in 36 games. “For us, it is huge playing our system, getting pucks in deep and making the opposing team work. That’s been working for us all year.”
The Hurricanes were not long ago in a similar predicament to the one the Islanders are in now. Carolina lost the first two games of its first-round series in Washington before rallying to oust the defending champion Capitals in seven games.
Swooping into Brooklyn to begin a fresh series against the rested Islanders, the Hurricanes had to be a bit weary, but they haven’t shown it. Instead, they continued to display steady resolve, not letting the Islanders find scoring lanes, squelching all but one of six Islanders power plays and playing physical enough to keep the Islanders’ offense quiet.
None of this surprises Brind’Amour, whose no-nonsense style over a 20-year playing career has translated to the coaching ranks.
“I know it’s hard work; I know that, I mean there’s no other way to describe it,” Brind’Amour said with the weary look of a coach eager to get home with his team amid the long playoff grind. “They’re just playing hard. That gives you a chance every night when you do that.”
Despite two home defeats, the veteran Islanders forward Matt Martin said his team had no reason to deviate from its game plan. He said the approach was essentially working — except for the requisite timely goals — since both contests had been tight.
“Obviously, this isn’t where we wanted to be, but in terms of our play I thought we controlled most of the game,” Martin said. “We just have to keep at it and not get frustrated, not change how we play.”
The Islanders may again face Curtis McElhinney, Carolina’s 35-year-old backup goalie, who has never started an N.H.L. playoff game. McElhinney replaced the injured starter Petr Mrazek six minutes into the second period on Sunday, then made 17 saves to cement his first career playoff win.
McElhinney’s unflustered play did not shock Martin, a teammate of the goaltender with the Toronto Maple Leafs the previous two seasons. McElhinney won a career-high 20 games this season for the Hurricanes, his seventh N.H.L. team.
“He’s a veteran guy who knows his job,” Martin said. “He’s big and really solid.”
On Monday the Hurricanes recalled the 23-year-old goalie Alex Nedeljkovic from Charlotte of the A.H.L. He won his lone N.H.L. game in January and will presumably back up McElhinney on Wednesday. Game 4 is Friday night in Raleigh.
Trotz last spring coached the Capitals out of an 0-2 deficit against Columbus in the first round, then went on to win the Stanley Cup with Washington. The same lessons should apply to the Islanders this year.
“We had a lot of chances, but the cruel reality sometimes is you play really well and don’t get the result,” Trotz said. “You just stick to the process.”
Lee, whose effort to knot Game 2 in the waning moments clanged off the post behind McElhinney, said what happened next was up to the Islanders’ will and a dose of playoff moxie.
“This is a full-on best of seven. It’s not a best of two,” he said. “We put ourselves in a hole. You dig yourselves out of it. That’s what you do as a good team.”B:
福彩河南快3开奖结果“【夫】【人】【说】【笑】【了】，【不】【说】【茫】【茫】【人】【海】，【找】【两】【个】【人】【有】【多】【难】，【就】【算】【我】【找】【到】【了】，【我】【又】【该】【如】【何】【开】【口】【跟】【他】【们】【说】【呢】？【难】【道】【说】【你】【们】【好】，【我】【是】【你】【们】【失】【散】【多】【年】【的】【女】【儿】？” 【这】【话】【张】【玉】【柳】【不】【接】【颜】【倾】【自】【己】【都】【觉】【得】【好】【笑】，【最】【后】【笑】【着】【摆】【摆】【手】，【道】：“【既】【是】【不】【知】【道】【我】【为】【什】【么】【会】【失】【踪】，【就】【算】【是】【找】【到】【了】，【也】【不】【过】【是】【自】【寻】【苦】【恼】【罢】【了】。” 【听】【着】【颜】【倾】【略】【带】【嘲】【讽】【的】【声】【音】
【韩】【延】【锋】【握】【着】【长】【剑】，【说】【道】：“【看】【来】【这】【个】【龙】【帮】【是】【一】【个】【很】【让】【人】【恐】【惧】【的】【势】【力】，【我】【们】【要】【小】【心】【了】。” 【宁】【哲】【露】【出】【不】【屑】，【哼】【道】：“【嘁】，【什】【么】【狗】【屁】【龙】【帮】，【厉】【害】【的】【帮】【派】【也】【不】【会】【选】【择】【这】【么】【落】【魄】【的】【地】【方】【落】【脚】【的】，【我】【看】【也】【不】【过】【是】【徒】【有】【其】【名】【罢】【了】。” 【糊】【涂】【仙】【严】【肃】【的】【说】【道】：“【高】【手】【隐】【于】【市】，【我】【们】【无】【论】【做】【什】【么】【都】【不】【能】【掉】【以】【轻】【心】。” “【想】【知】【道】【龙】【帮】
【天】【龙】【大】【沙】【漠】【的】【夜】【晚】【可】【以】【说】【的】【上】【是】【整】【个】【中】【原】【最】【美】【的】【地】【方】。 【每】【当】【黑】【夜】【开】【始】【降】【临】【后】，【夜】【空】【中】【的】【点】【点】【繁】【星】【如】【同】【小】【孩】【的】【眼】【睛】【一】【般】【晶】【莹】【剔】【透】，【挂】【在】【夜】【空】【中】【一】【闪】【一】【闪】【的】。 【夜】【晚】【的】【微】【风】【轻】【轻】【的】【吹】【拂】【着】，【使】【得】【天】【龙】【客】【栈】【周】【边】【的】【老】【槐】【树】【发】【出】【沙】【沙】【作】【响】【的】【声】【音】，【林】【剑】【霜】【和】【天】【龙】【客】【栈】【的】【老】【板】【娘】【正】【坐】【在】【客】【栈】【的】【屋】【顶】【上】【面】，【两】【人】【都】【是】【抬】【着】【头】【看】【着】福彩河南快3开奖结果【龚】【局】【看】【了】【龙】【玥】【半】【晌】，【脑】【子】【不】【断】【闪】【现】【最】【近】【见】【过】【的】【人】【和】【遇】【到】【的】【事】，【终】【于】【在】【一】【个】【犄】【角】【旮】【旯】【找】【到】【了】【有】【关】【龙】【玥】【的】【信】【息】。 【要】【说】【起】【来】，【龚】【局】【长】【还】【是】【一】【个】【星】【期】【前】【刚】【见】【过】【龙】【玥】【的】【照】【片】，【当】【时】【他】【正】【在】A【市】【开】【会】，【会】【开】【半】【道】【就】【接】【到】【了】【南】【宫】【家】【打】【来】【的】【电】【话】，【不】【得】【已】【他】【只】【能】【出】【去】【接】【了】，【电】【话】【里】【也】【没】【说】【什】【么】，【只】【说】【让】【他】【照】【顾】【一】【些】【人】，【随】【后】【便】【发】【来】【了】【一】
【贺】【宇】【魂】【体】【的】【相】【貌】【倒】【不】【是】【他】【那】【全】【身】【上】【下】【缠】【绕】【着】【白】【布】【条】【一】【样】【的】【丑】【陋】【样】【子】，【反】【倒】【是】【控】【琴】【时】【的】【模】【样】。 【只】【是】【一】【个】【呈】【实】【体】，【一】【个】【呈】【半】【透】【魂】【体】。 【他】【的】【身】【体】【消】【弭】【前】【心】【脏】【处】【插】【着】【的】【那】【个】【簪】【子】，【现】【在】【转】【移】【到】【了】【他】【的】【魂】【魄】【上】，【让】【贺】【宇】【的】【行】【动】【受】【限】，【但】【还】【是】【保】【留】【着】【意】【识】【的】【清】【晰】。 【如】【葱】【削】【白】【的】【手】【落】【在】【贺】【宇】【的】【魂】【体】【上】，【苏】【染】【同】【时】【闭】【上】【了】【眼】【睛】
“【你】【爸】……” “【里】【面】【有】【我】【爸】？【哈】【哈】【哈】，【别】【逗】【了】。【等】【我】【打】【开】【瞧】【瞧】。” 【当】【阿】【布】【打】【开】【盒】【子】【的】【时】【候】，【店】【员】【就】【必】【须】【让】【她】【买】【了】。 “【为】【什】【么】？【我】【又】【没】【喝】。” “【不】【行】【的】，【小】【姐】，【店】【里】【有】【规】【定】，【只】【要】【奶】【粉】【被】【打】【开】，【那】【客】【人】【就】【需】【要】【买】【了】。” “【不】【公】【平】，【我】【又】【没】【有】【瘟】【疫】，【只】【是】【好】【奇】【里】【面】【有】【什】【么】【罢】【了】，【打】【开】【一】【下】【又】【怎】【么】【了】？【为】