NHL playoffs 2019: Hurricanes’ Andrei Svechnikov’s surge not enough in Game 1

Most 19-year-old’s do not score two goals in their Stanley Cup playoffs debut. Then again, most teenagers are not Andrei Svechnikov.

The second-overall pick from the 2018 NHL Entry Draft made his presence felt on Thursday, netting two goals in a memorable third period. Svechnikov’s first score came as he drove around Capitals’ defenseman John Carlson and flicked the puck past Braden Holtby to get Carolina on the board.

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Just over two minutes later, Svechnikov was back at it; receiving a dazzling feed from Lucas Wallmark and netting a one-timer from the circle past Holtby. Svechnikov became the youngest player since the Philadelphia Flyers’ Dainius Zubrus in 1997 to notch two goals in a postseason game.

The goal cut the Canes’ deficit to 3-2 but was not enough to dig Carolina out of the early hole. Washington was powered by two first-period goals from Nicklas Backstrom and a historic marker from NHL goals leader, Alex Ovechkin. 

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