Instant reaction: Hurricanes lead Islanders after two periods

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The Hurricanes dropped the puck on the 2021-22 season at PNC Arena on Thursday night against the New York Islanders.

Here are some way-too-quick reactions from throughout the game.

Second period

Frederick Andersen has a good glove, and can move well left to right, as well. But again, all this proof led to an Islanders goal. Brock Nelson powered his way to the front of the cage from the right boards and his move made Andersen move hard to his right. His pad was firm on the ice and held the line this time, but Nelson stuck with the puck and roofed it ... off Andersen’s pad and into the cage.

Jordan Martinook is a great “glue” guy, perfect as a fourth-line plugger, and he brings energy to everything he does. Well, energy and comedy. Thursday, he also brought a goal. Martinook got his own rebound as he tried to wrap the puck from behind the cage. The puck caromed off the Isles’ keeper in front and found its way into the low slot. Martinook whipped around and clanked the puck in off the left post to put the Canes back in front, 3-2.

Reviews still take too long. But the Canes aren’t complaining this time. Another review this time led to a Carolina goal, and a subsequent coaches challenge by Barry Trotz led to a Carolina power play. For the record, Nino Niederreiter scored this one, unassisted, after he was hauled down into his own keeper.

Help from his friends, Frederik Andersen has. Minutes after allowing an Anders Lee goal to bring the Isles within a goal at 4-3, Andersen made a great toe save, but the rebound got away from him. His defenders, and at least one forward, crashed the crease and swept the puck out of harm’s way. Andersen has been ... an adventure.

First period

The Canes started the night with a ceremony to introduce the team, counting up in numbers from bottom to top, but saving the alternate captains and captain Jordan Staal for the end.

Loudest non-captain cheers: Svechnikov, Kotkaniemi, DeAngelo.

The first five minutes were solid. The Canes kept the Islanders at bay through the neutral zone and didn’t allow any clean zone entries. The Isles had a hard time getting across the blue line at all, and the Canes’ transition through the center zone was smooth.

The Canes’ power play was solid in possession on its first chance, when Brock Nelson went tot he box for hookint at 4:30 of the first. Tony DeAngelo was the PP QB, and they moved the puck well, but the shots didn’t make it to the net against Ilya Sorokin.

Frederik Andersen can move well from right to left, but he couldn’t stop the first goal of the night. The Canes’ starter appeared to snuff out a Matt Barzal chance at 7:23 of the first after a crossing feed from Kyle Palmieri eluded the Canes defender on the play. At the first whistle after that save, at 9:30, the officials were alerted to review the play for the possibility that the puck had crossed the line to hit Andersen’s pad behind the red stripe. Andersen was really deep in the cage, and the review was conclusive.

Andrei Svechnikov has sweet hands. His tip-in goal on a Teuvo Teravainen wrister at 9:15 evened the game at 1-1, a needed response for the Canes after the replay-review goal fiasco. Svechnikov has the ability, and now a contract to match. This season’s performance is key for the young forward.

Scary moment for Sebastian Aho behind his own net as he took a(n inadvertent) hip check to the head from Brock Nelson. Brady Skjei went after Nelson to send a message, and Skjei got the only penalty. Aho was not lifted by the NHL spotter. The Canes killed the penalty.

The traffic in front of the Isles’ net has been good. The Canes are getting bodies in front, and the puck toward the cage through those bodies. It led to a second goal at 13:57 of the first, when Jaccob Slavin took a faceoff win by Jordan Staal at the left circle, strode forward a few steps and sent the puck netward. Jesper Fast was battling in front of Ilya Sorokin and the keeper had no chance. on the deflection.