RALEIGH, NC-Andrei Svechnikov had two goals and an assist, which gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 6-3 win over the Islanders on Thursday night at the start of the season.
Teuvo Teravainen added a goal and assist for Carolina, who has a new look in the Eastern Conference playoff contenders ’meeting. Returnees Jesper Fast, Jordan Martinuk and Nino Niederreiter also scored, while Frederick Andersen ended his storming debut with 25 saves.
Matthew Barzal, Brock Nelson and Anders Lee each scored for the Islanders, while Ilya Sorokin finished with 35 saves.
The Islanders start with a difficult task: a 13-game journey, no home game until November 20, when construction on the new arena is complete.
Svechnikov and Teravainen scored the Hurricanes’ first goal. Svechnikov set up a position at the top of the turn to kick Teravainen’s shot past Sorokin in the first half at 9:15 p.m.
At 11:36 of the third period, Teravainen scored in a powerful game, taking food from newly added Tony DeAngelo and putting the house to the right.
Svechnikov assisted on Teravainen’s goal, then scored an empty goal in the last minute. It was a strong start for the 21-year-old, who agreed to stay in the franchise, which signed an eight-year contract in August, which put him in 2nd place in 2018.
The Hurricanes, who have been in the playoffs for three years, have eight new players at the opening ceremony, hoping to deepen the post-season.
After two consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup playoff semifinals this season, the Islanders have been relegated to champions Tampa Bay, boosting their hopes of fighting for the title.