RALEIGH, N.C. — Turns out, Islanders coach Barry Trotz did not have to alter his lineup for Wednesday night’s 5-2 loss in Game 3 of the second-round series against the Hurricanes at PNC Arena.
Cal Clutterbuck was available.
The gritty right wing logged 12:02 and was credited with four hits, though Trotz did not use him on the second power-play unit as usual, after Clutterbuck was helped off the ice late in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 2-1 loss in Game at Barclays Center.
Clutterbuck participated in the Islanders’ optional morning skate on Wednesday but did not practice on Tuesday in East Meadow.
“What you usually get from Cal,” Trotz said of Clutterbuck’s Game 3 performance. “You get the physicality. He’s on the puck. He tries to create. He tries to separate you. All those things.”
With Clutterbuck in the lineup, Tom Kuhnhackl remained on Brock Nelson’s right wing along with Josh Bailey while rookie Michael Dal Colle, the fifth overall pick in 2014, did not make his NHL playoff debut.
Center Brock Nelson drew some attention on Josh Bailey’s second-period goal as he tapped Hurricanes goalie Curtis McElhinney on the top of his mask with his glove, then rammed into defenseman Dougie Hamilton as he came around the crease.
“I just didn’t want to bump into him,” Nelson said of the odd scene with McElhinney. “I was just going by. And Hamilton sort of hit me, too. I was just going around and celebrating.”
Trotz was not entirely sure Justin Faulk’s goal to give the Hurricanes’ a 2-1 lead at 11:58 of the second period should have counted.
Faulk, coming out of the penalty box, used his right glove to catch Warren Foegele’s lofted pass out of the defensive zone at the Islanders’ blue line before coming in alone on goalie Robin Lehner.
“Yeah, he made a great catch,” Trotz said. “If it’s to the letter of the rule, yeah, he closed the hand on the puck. He grabbed it. He stopped it. He put it down. I think, in the game, it’s a little bit of a gray area. He made a play. We’re yelling from the bench.”
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Hurricanes rookie left wing Andrei Svechnikov logged 12:13 in his first game since being knocked out in a fight with the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin in Game 3 of the first round…Hurricanes left wing Jordan Martinook logged 12:02 after missing the first two games of the series with a lower-body injury…There was a moment of silence for the victims of Tuesday’s shootings at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte that left two dead and four wounded.