LONG ISLAND – The Carolina Hurricanes edged the New York Islanders 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at UBS Arena.
Derek Stepan (9and), Seth Jarvis (17and) and Max Domi (11and) managed to beat Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov. Forward Jesper Fast (14and) and defenseman Brendan Smith (4and) respectively completed the mark of theirs in an empty net.
Only Ross Johnston (2and) and Ryan Pulock (4and) managed to find the back of the net for the New York formation.
Besides the offensive production of the Canes, it was the injury of goalkeeper Antti Raanta which caught the attention in the match. Midway through the second period, as Kyle Palmieri tried to round the net to beat Raanta with speed, the Finnish keeper appeared to be injured on a side move. He took a while to get up, but still stayed a few minutes in the game. The pain seemed to bother the Hurricanes goalkeeper and the latter ended up retreating to the locker room, without returning to the game afterwards.
It was 22-year-old goalkeeper Pyotr Kochetkov who took over for the rest of the game where he managed to fend off all seven shots he faced.
Recalled from the Chicago Wolves, the Russian goalkeeper had already signaled the day before by signing his first victory in his first career start against the New Jersey Devils.
Selected in the second round by the Hurricanes in the 2019 NHL Draft, Kochetkov posted a record of 13 wins in 15 games in the American Hockey League this year with Chicago, maintaining an average of 2.09 goals per game and a efficiency percentage of .921. Earlier this season, the Russian goaltender played 23 KHL games with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod.
Another tile on the head of the Canes
Antti Raanta’s injury comes on top of that suffered by fellow Hurricanes goaltender Frederik Andersen last week.
Andersen had to sit out the game against the Colorado Avalanche on April 16 with a lower body injury.
Carolina could therefore find itself in a scenario where it will have to play the last two games of the regular season without its first two goaltenders and perhaps even the start of the first round of the NHL playoffs.
On the way to a concession record?
With the win over the Islanders on Sunday, the Hurricanes equaled their single-season wins (52) and points (112) records set in 2005-06, when they won the Stanley Cup. The Canes could therefore set a franchise record on Tuesday night against the New York Rangers.
Carolina also increases its four-point lead over those same Rangers, for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
McDavid’s Personal High in Defeat
Oliver Bjorkstrand and Jakub Voracek had three points apiece as the Columbus Blue Jackets upset the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Sunday afternoon.
From McDavid to Draisaitl in superiority
Connor McDavid, however, took advantage of his family’s visit to Ohio to set a new personal high. With two assists in the game, McDavid now has 118 points this season. His previous mark was 116 and was set in 2018-19.
Leon Draisaitl and Evander Kane took advantage of their captain’s passing skills. Draisaitl found the back of the net for the 55and times of the campaign. Kane scored in a third straight game and had five goals during his streak.
Bjorkstrand, Cole Sillinger, Eric Robinson, Jack Roslovic and Nick Blankenburg scored for the Jackets. For Blankenburg, it was a first career NHL goal. Voracek had three assists.
Elvis Merzlikins stood in front of the Jackets cage with 33 saves. Mikko Koskinen blocked 26 pucks for the Oilers, who missed an opportunity to cement their second-place finish in the Pacific Division.
Nedeljkovic plays a nasty trick on the Devils
Alex Nedeljkovic made 17 saves as the Detroit Red Wings shut out the New Jersey Devils 3-0 on Sunday.
Oskar Sundqvist and Tyler Bertuzzi both had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings. Michael Rasmussen completed the scoring in an empty net.
The victory ended a two-game losing streak for Detroit, which lost 7-2 the day before.
Devils goaltender Andrew Hammond blocked 21 shots for the Devils, who suffered a seventh straight loss at home.
It was a fourth shutout this season for Nedeljkovic, who had a bit of luck at times and was helped by a successful challenge from his head coach.