Mathew Barzal scores in 2nd OT as Islanders beat Hurricanes 3-2 to avoid series sweep

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CORRECTS GOAL SCORER TO MATHEW BARZAL, NOT BORTUZZO - New York Islanders' Alexander Romanov (28) celebrates with Robert Bortuzzo (41) after Mathew Barzal scored the game-winning goal during the second overtime period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, Saturday, April 27, 2024, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK – 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 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.

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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 night in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Varlamov stopped a shot by Jordan Staal in the opening minute of the second overtime. The Islanders' Robert Bortuzzo then fired a shot from the point that deflected in off Barzal for the win.

It was the Islanders’ first overtime goal in the playoffs since Anthony Beauvillier in Game 6 of 2021 Eastern Conference finals against Tampa Bay in the final game at the Nassau Coliseum. The Lightning won that series at home in Game 7.

Both teams had chances early in the first overtime. Varlamov stopped a try by Jesperi Kotkaniemi at 1:37. Andersen denied Brock Nelson on a 2-on-1 with Anders Lee at 3:45.

Jarvis had a shot near the midpoint of the period that Varlamov caught and squeezed, drawing chants of “Var-ly! Var-ly!” from the UBS Arena crowd.

There was some pushing and shoving at the end of the first overtime as Lee took exception to being knocked down by an elbow from Carolina defenseman Dmitry Orlov after the buzzer.

With the score tied 1-1 after two periods, the Islanders began the third with their first power play of the game, thanks to a penalty called on Carolina's Sebastian Aho at the end of the second.

They took advantage as Pageau got the rebound of Noah Dobson's shot and fired a shot past Andersen from the left circle at 1:38. It was the Islanders' second goal on six power plays in the series against a Hurricanes team that was first in the league on the penalty kill during the season.

Carolina tied it with their second power-play goal of the game as Noesen redirected a pass in front from Teuvo Teravainen with 5:52 left for his second of the series.

The Hurricanes outshot the Islanders 8-6 in a tightly played first period and scored to take the lead.

The desperate Islanders came out aggressive and had the better chances in the opening minutes of the game, but couldn't convert. Andersen made a nice save to deny Pierre Engvall in front about four minutes in.

The Hurricanes got their first power play at 7:14 when the Islanders' Lee was sent off for tripping. They took advantage just 46 seconds later as Jarvis got a loose puck in front and put it in from the left side for his second of the series.

After a slow start to the second period, both teams had chances as the Hurricanes had a 12-8 advantage on shots.

Neither team managed a shot on goal until Carolina's Dmitry Orlov had an attempt at 4:51. The Islanders didn't get their first shot until Kyle Palmieri's try at 6:58. Andersen denied Lee's backhand in close at 8:38.

The Islanders tied it just past the midpoint of the period. Barzal made a nice move to shake defenseman Brady Skjei, stopping while skating right to left above the right circle and firing a shot that got past Andersen for his first goal of the series.

Less than two minutes later, Orlov had a shot from the right side go off Varlamov's mask, and the goalie also had to make several nice saves late in the last 4 1/2 minutes of the period to keep it tied.

Islanders forward Matt Martin was scratched from the lineup due to a lower-body injury. He missed practice on Wednesday, but played in Game 3 on Thursday night after being a game-time decision. Ruslan Iskhakov took his place in the lineup.


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