Staal lifts Hurricanes past Islanders 1-0 in OT in Game 1

Jordan Staal got the Carolina Hurricanes off to a winning start in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Staal scored 4:04 into overtime to give the visiting Hurricanes to 1-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night in the series opener.

Nino Niederreiter sent a shot that caromed off the end boards and came out to the right side, where Staal quickly put it in off goalie Robin Lehner’s left skate.

“I had a little room to kind of get a quick-as-I-could shot off,” Staal said about his first career playoff overtime goal. “Honestly, I wasn’t sure it went in. I just saw some people celebrating so I started celebrating, too.”

Petr Mrazek stopped 31 shots for his fifth career postseason shutout as Carolina won in New York just 48 hours after beating defending champion Washington on the road in double-overtime of Game 7 of their first round series.

Lehner also finished with 31 saves for New York. Back in Brooklyn at Barclays Center after opening the playoffs at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, the Islanders were playing for the first time in 10 days after finishing off their first-round sweep of Pittsburgh.

Briefly: Chicago’s Patrick Kane, Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov and Edmonton’s Connor McDavid are the finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, which goes to the “most outstanding player in the NHL” as determined by player voting. The winner will be revealed June 19 in Las Vegas. … Toronto center Zach Hyman needs surgery for a torn ACL suffered during his team’s first-round playoff series with Boston and is expected to be sidelined at least six months, the team announced.

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