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The Roundup- Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition: May 4/19

The Jerks are off to the Third Round, and Dallas can knock out the Blues after a hanging on to win in St Louis.

New York Islanders v Carolina Hurricanes - Game Four Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

CAROLINA HURRICANES 5 NEW YORK ISLANDERS 2- (Carolina wins series 4-0)

For a moment it looked like the Islanders might be able to battle back and avoid being swept by the Carolina Hurricanes when an early PPG from Mathew Barzal gave them a 1-0 lead.

A little over 2 minutes later though, the ‘Canes would get their own power play, and that led to this Sebastian Aho goal.

So the Isles have to think things are looking alright. Tied after 1 period and they carried the play. So far so good. The 2nd period was not as good for them, as the Hurricanes got going early. First, Teuvo Teravainen:

Then Greg McKegg scores 1:06 later and that would be it for Robin Lehner.

Thomas Greiss came in and managed to go almost 6 minutes before Carolina struck again, this time it was Mr Game Seven: Justin Williams showing he’s pretty good in Game Fours, too:

Late in the 3rd the ‘Canes would get one more to wrap it up, Andrei Svechnikov getting his 3rd of the playoffs.

The Isles would add one more but it wasn’t close to enough, and for the 4th time in NHL history a team that swept the first round got swept in the second. Also, this happened in the handshake lineup and it was awesome:

Some media guys are still crying about the Hurricanes, but whatever.

The Hurricanes now will heal up and await the winner of the Boston/Columbus series.

DALLAS STARS 2 ST LOUIS BLUES 1- (Dallas leads 3-2)

Ben Bishop stopped 38 Blues shots, and Esa Lindell’s first goal of the playoffs stood up as the winner as the Stars earned a hard fought 2-1 win to take a 3-2 series lead heading back to Dallas on Sunday. Jason Spezza got things started early with his 3rd of the post-season:

In the Second period, Lindell gave the Stars a two goal lead:

The Blues would break the shutout in the 3rd when Ben Bishop mishandles the puck and puts it right onto the stick of the guy who’s been the best player for the Blues so far, and Jaden Schwartz makes no mistake:

There were a lot of scrums, yet just 6 minor penalties in the entire game. Still a lot of feeling in this one though. Game 6 goes Sunday afternoon in Dallas.