Hurricanes give Game 3 start to Curtis McElhinney

Apr 28, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Curtis McElhinney (35) makes a save against the New York Islanders during the second period of game two of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

Nine hours of mystery sparked by Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour has come to an end, as it will be Curtis McElhinney that gets the start in the Carolina for Tuesday's Game 3 head-to-head against the Bruins.

That decision comes with the veteran McElhinney leading the 'Canes on the ice for their pregame warmup at PNC Arena, and with Petr Mrazek getting the bulk of his work as the Hurricanes' obvious backup throughout the 16-minute sweat.

The move to McElhinney comes after Mrazek allowed 10 goals on 52 shots through the first two games (and with Brind'Amour leaving Mrazek in net for all six of Boston's goal in a Mother's Day beatdown at TD Garden on Sunday), and with McElhinney boasting a perfect 3-0 record and league-leading .947 save percentage this postseason.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy admitted that his staff prepared for this move earlier this morning.

“We have some knowledge on him," Cassidy said after the morning skate. "Our goalie coach (Bob Essensa) will do a presentation, did a little bit this morning just in case that happens, but I don’t think it will change our preparation much.

"At the end of the day, we’re shooting to score and hopefully we pick the right spot."

The 'Canes are undefeated at home this postseason, while the Bruins have captured victories in five straight games dating back to Game 4 of their second-round series against the Blue Jackets.

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