Hurricanes complete sweep of Islanders

Teuvo Teravainen scored a quick goal, and moments later, so did Greg McKegg. Just that quickly, the Carolina Hurricanes chased New York’s goalie out of the game — and the Islanders right out of the playoffs.

Carolina earned a sweep of the Eastern Conference semifinals, beating the visiting Islanders 5-2 on Friday after Teravainen and McKegg scored 66 seconds apart in the second period.

Sebastian Aho and Teravainen each finished with a goal and an assist, captain Justin Williams and rookie Andrei Svechnikov each added insurance goals, and goalie Curtis McElhinney made 26 saves in his second career playoff start.

The Hurricanes — who went a decade between playoff berths — earned the first four-game sweep in franchise history and have reached the East finals in each of their past four postseason appearances since 2002. They’re also unbeaten in five home playoff games.

“Imposing your will on a team and giving them doubt is the key to winning a series, whenever that may be,” Williams said. “We pushed and we pushed, we got a couple goals, we got a good lead, and that’s how you win a series. You tell a team it’s too hard for them, and it was.”

Stars 2, Blues 1: Jason Spezza scored and Ben Bishop made 38 saves as Dallas won in St. Louis to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Esa Lindell also scored for the Stars. Game 6 is in Dallas on Sunday. Jaden Schwartz scored and Jordan Binnington made 25 saves for the Blues, who went 0-for-4 on the power play.

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