Following a convincing 5-2 win in game 4, the Hurricanes were unable to capitalize on home ice. A few unfortunate breaks and costly mistakes essentially handed New York the win in game 5.
From a puck off of Sebastian Aho’s face resulting in a Islander’s goal, to bad turnovers in the defensive zone, Carolina struggled to keep the odds in their favor.
Carolina received a power play late in the 2nd period in which the puck sat frozen against the boards for nearly 25 seconds. Many fans booed in frustration as the referee wouldn’t stop play.
This sequence unfortunately ended in a high stick call against the Hurricanes’ Sebastian Aho that created a 4 on 4. This ultimately ended in the Islanders’ Matt Barzal scoring after a Necas turnover. This put the Isles up 3-1 at the 2nd intermission.
Although Sebatian Aho took a puck to the face in the second period, he was able to return for Carolina and score a goal. This cut the Canes deficit in half and set up a final push for Carolina.
The Canes did earn some good looks at the net after pulling goaltender Antti Raanta late in the third period. Ultimately they were unable to convert, leading to a 3-2 loss and a trip back to New York for another chance to clinch the series.
The Canes will now head back to New York for game 6 leading the series 3-2. For a second straight game, Carolina has the opportunity to eliminate New York. Game 6 will take place on April 28, and if needed, game 7 will take place on Sunday in Raleigh.
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