Goalie. Opponent. Injuries. Adversity. Nothing seems to matter for the Carolina Hurricanes in this magical playoff ride.
No matter who’s in or who’s out, regardless of circumstances, the Hurricanes keep finding a way to win in this postseason. It happened again Wednesday.
This time it was their captain Justin Williams delivering the memorable moment. At 10:15 of the third period, the 37-year-old Williams knocked a puck out of mid-air into the net for the game-winning goal in a 5-2 win against the New York Islanders in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
After missing the playoffs for a decade, the Hurricanes, leading 3-0 in the best-of-seven series, are now one win short of advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.
The Hurricanes don’t look like a team that missed the playoffs from 2010 through 2018. They look like a polished and poised team. They look like the Chicago Blackhawks did when they won three Stanley Cups from 2010-2015. Those Chicago teams would just hang on, staying competitive with every opponent until they figured out a way to win the game.
That’s what the Hurricanes are doing.
The Hurricanes are banged up. Even their No. 1 goalie Petr Mrazek is sidelined. But they somehow find a way to stay competitive every game.
Back-up goalie Curtis McElhinney stepped up in Game 3, making 28 saves to preserve the win. Teuvo Teravainen scored two goals, including an empty-netter that ended the Islanders’ comeback hopes.