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Isles know what to do in Game 2

RALEIGH, NC – The Playoff Series is all about game-to-game adjustments and the Islanders clearly have two objectives heading into Monday night’s Game 2 against the Hurricanes at PNC Arena.

First, you need to drive more traffic to the crease, create rebound opportunities and, in general, make life harder for goalkeeper Frederik Andersen after he stopped 33 shots in Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Hurricanes in Game 1. Or Pyotr Kochetkov, after coach Rod Brind’Amour wouldn’t confirm his starter after the Hurricanes practiced Sunday.

Second, keep in mind that the Hurricanes, who were second in the NHL while the Islanders’ penalty kill was last in the league, are looking for penalties and went to the ice quite easily in Game 1.

“I’m not going there,” Islanders coach Patrick Roy said during Sunday’s media presence at the team’s hotel, as the Islanders did not practice. “I appreciate your question. It is up to the referees to make those decisions. At the same time, we have enough to worry about, so we will worry about ourselves. We have to keep playing well in those one-on-one battles. That’s crucial against that team.”

Hurricanes defenseman Brady Skjei fell suspiciously and drew a call in the offensive zone against Anders Lee at 1:22 of the first period, leading to Evgeny Kuznetsov’s power-play goal 13 seconds later. Kyle Palmieri’s tag to Seth Jarvis produced an exaggerated flop at 13:27 of the third period with the Islanders trailing 2-1. The Islanders’ penalty kill went 2-for-3, allowing just three shots.

“Reffing is different every night,” Brock Nelson said. “You just try to go out there and play hard. Playoffs are a different story. Emotions are high. It’s physical. We also want to take penalties and you do that by playing hard, moving your feet and tiring the boys out.’

The Islanders’ 19th-ranked power play went 0-for-2 on four shots against the Hurricanes’ top-ranked penalty kill.

“They’re probably the most aggressive team I’ve ever seen,” Roy said.

The Islanders had better chances in five-on-five skating – Andersen made a miraculous outstretched glove save on Noah Dobson’s point-blank shot in the third period – but had confirmed how difficult it will be to score in this series.

“We’re going to talk about him today,” Roy said of Andersen. “Maybe we should have talked more about him sooner. We need traffic ahead of the grid. There may not be any tic-tac-toe type goals. It might look more like we need to take the puck to the net and jam.”

“He’s a big guy and he covers a lot of net,” Mathew Barzal said of the 6-4, 238-pound Andersen.

Barzal also had a great chance in the second period from the slot that Andersen smothered.

“I took a good look at the front last night, I didn’t see much net,” Barzal said. “Just going to the net, going to the paint. We scored that first goal and got traffic. That makes it hard for him to see the puck.”

Barzal and linemate Bo Horvat each made five shots. Nelson’s second line of Palmieri and Hudson Fasching produced six shots.

“Trying to create turnovers and attack a little more will definitely be a focus,” Nelson said. “You want to generate a little more pressure and zone time and let that guy at the net front open things up and create some chances.”

Notes & quotes: Roy said third-line center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (lower body/day-to-day), who missed Game 1, was improving. “Definitely a good opportunity for him to play (Monday),” Roy said. . . Hurricanes right wing Jesper Fast (upper body) did not practice with the team on Sunday after sitting out Game 1.