In January, the Carolina Hurricanes had a lot to look forward to.
They had won the Stanley Cup and the Pacific Division title, and were in the midst of an 11-game winning streak.
This season was the first time the franchise had won more than 10 games in a season since 2006-07.
Carolina was looking to get back to the postseason for the first times since 1998-99.
But with just three games left to play in the season, the Hurricanes had to find a way to win the first game of a back-to-back series against the New York Islanders.
The team played its first game on Saturday in the Barclays Center against the Buffalo Sabres, the team that swept the series in 2015.
The game ended 1-1, but it was an interesting one.
New York came into the game with a 1-0 lead, but Carolina’s power play was a goal away from scoring early in the first period.
The Sabres were quick on the draw, but New York kept it close in the second, as Cam Ward scored a power play goal in the final minute of the period.
With 1:36 remaining in the period, Ward scored the winner.
The goal came in a shootout, as the Islanders went on a powerplay goal of their own.
Carolina, which had just two shots on goal, came out of the locker room victorious.
New Jersey had a 1 0-0 first period lead.
Carolina opened the second period with a power-play goal by Jack Johnson, but that came after New Jersey’s Sean Monahan scored with 1:16 left in the frame.
The Islanders scored again in the third, as Jaromir Jagr scored from close range to put the Islanders up 1-2.
The Devils then had a power shot go in off a Buffalo turnover, and that was the difference.
The Rangers scored the second goal of the night just as the period ended.
Newell was in front of the net again just after the Islanders were down 1-3, and he beat Islanders defenseman Jarmo Kekalainen with a wrist shot.
It was the third time Newell had scored a hat trick in the shootout, and it gave him 24 points (eight goals, 20 assists) in his past 28 games.
The Hurricanes had one last chance to make it 3-1 in the fourth period, but Cam Ward’s rebound shot was saved by Matt Murray and the Sabres tied the game at 3.
The win moved Carolina to 3-2-1 this season, with the Islanders down 3-3-2 in their own home opener.
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