Twitter Reaction: A bunch of jerks just swept the Islanders

Curtis McElhinney stopped 26 shots and the Hurricanes beat the Islanders 5-2, winning their series in a clean four-game sweep.

After their first round series against the Washington Capitals went just about as long as it possibly could — all the way to double overtime of Game 7 — the Carolina Hurricanes wasted no time eliminating the New York Islanders, completing the series sweep with a decisive 5-2 win at home Friday night.

Last team in, first team out. Ready for Round 3, Carolina?

No one expected this bunch of jerks to be headed to the Eastern Conference Final after just barely squeaking into the playoffs, but it seems only fitting in a post-season of parity like we’re seeing this spring.

The Hurricanes missed the post-season nine straight times before squeaking in this year, and are certainly making the most of the opportunity now that they’re here. They don’t often make the playoffs… but when they do, they go all the way to the Eastern Conference Final.

As you can imagine, Hockey Twitter was a busy place Friday night. We collected some of the best reactions and stats from Carolina’s victory:

Shout-out to the Hurricanes’ communications team. The club on the ice was at their best Friday night, and so too was their social media squad.

And finally, after going from sweepers (vs. Pittsburgh) in Round 1 to swept in the second, the Islanders handled the loss with class.

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