Carolina Hurricanes beat New York Islanders in game 3 of Stanley Cup Playoffs 2nd round

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RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – MAY 01: Robin Lehner #40 and Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders defend the puck against Greg McKegg #42 of the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on May 01, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Islanders 5-2 in game three of the Stanley Cup Playoffs second round Wednesday night.

The Hurricanes now have a 3-0 series lead over the Islanders and need only one more victory to clinch the series and advance to the conference finals.

Game four is Friday night at 7 p.m. in Raleigh.

Carolina defeated the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs.

This is the first season the Hurricanes have been in the playoffs since the 2008-09 season, when they lost to the eventual-champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the conference finals.

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