As the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue, there's no current favorite, with any team pretty much capable of going all the way. Each series has surprising developments each game, and Sunday was no different.
As the Carolina Hurricanes continue to prove doubters wrong, the Colorado Avalanche is doing the same agains the San Jose Sharks. Here's how each of Sunday's matchups went.
Hurricanes escape with 2-1 win over Islanders
Carolina knew that Game 2 against the New York Islanders wouldn't be easy. Not only is Barry Trotz going for a repeat bid, but the Islanders also have been outstanding this season and aren't going down without a fight. However, they were able to overcome the Isles with a close 2-1 victory.
Matthew Barzal finally got his first goal of the playoffs on a strange power-play shot late in the third. After feeding a pass through the crease, the puck bounced off Jaccob Slavin's stick and past Mrazek to give New York the 1-0 lead.
There wasn't much action in the second, but Petr Mrazek went down with an apparent lower-body injury, and Curtis McElhinney went in relief as he didn't return to game action.
The comeback would come late in the third for the Hurricanes, with Warren Foegele evened the score just 17 seconds into the final frame. Less than a minute alter, Nino Neiderreiter deflected a Teuvo Teravainen shot past Robin Lehner to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead.
The Islanders attempted to tie the game with seven shots in the third, but McElhinney was able to hold them off and ultimately finish with 17 saves on 17 shots to give the 'Canes the win.
Carolina now leads the series 2-0 as they head back to PNC Arena. Mrazek's injury is said to be day-to-day, which is fortuante for a Hurricanes team that has been powered by Mrazek's performance so far. In the meantime, Carolina recalled Alex Nedeljkovic from the Charlotte Checkers to backup McElhinney.
Avalanche stave off Sharks, 4-3
Despite a dominant start for San Jose in Game 2, Colorado was able to come back and rise up to the challenge to ultimately take a 4-3 win Sunday.
Evander Kane struck first for San Jose, putting a rebound past former Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer to make it 1-0 Sharks less than haflway into the opening frame. San Jose would end up outshooting Colorado, 11-6, in the first.
In the second, the Avalanche started to take control. Gabriel Landeskog evened the score at one about eight minutes in, redirecting Tyson Jost's shot past Maritn Jones. Minutes later, Tyson Barrie fired a loose puck past Jones to make it 2-1.
Matt Nieto then added a goal of his own halfway through the third to make it 3-1. However, Brent Burns scored shortly after to pull San Jose within one. Nathan MacKinnon then got his fourth of the playoffs on an empty-netter to help Colorado regain a two-goal lead. With 11 seconds remaining in the period, Burns got his second of the night on the power play, but it wasn't enough.
Grubauer finished with 31 saves on the night, and the series is tied 1-1.
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