Hamilton registered a power-play goal on five shots and had three blocks Thursday in a 3-2 win over Boston in Game 2. Hamilton absolutely blew a one-timer past Tuukka Rask from the top of the right faceoff circle to put Carolina ahead to stay with 11:30 left in regulation. It was the first goal in more than seven months for the former Bruin, who suffered an injury back in mid-January and remained out of the Carolina lineup until Tuesday's Game 1 loss. Hamilton logged more than 24 minutes of ice time Thursday, indicating he's all the way back from his ailment.
Hamilton (undisclosed) was minus-2 with three blocks in Wednesday's 4-3 double-overtime loss to Boston in Game 1. Hamilton was suiting up for the first time since Jan. 16 and logged 26:48 of ice time over four-plus periods. Although it wasn't reflected in Wednesday's result, Hamilton's return to the lineup is a massive development for the Hurricanes. The 27-year-old had 14 goals and 40 points with a career-best plus-30 rating in 47 games during the regular season, while averaging better than 23 minutes per game.
As expected, Hamilton (undisclosed) will make his postseason debut in Wednesday's Game 1 versus Boston. Hamilton hasn't played in an NHL contest since Jan. 16, so he'll likely have some rust to shake off early on against the Bruins, but his return will nonetheless represent a huge boon for the Hurricanes, as he was fantastic when healthy during the regular season, racking up 14 goals and 40 points in just 47 contests. The former Bruin will skate on Carolina's top line and first power-play unit Wednesday.
Coach Rod Brind'Amour expects Dougie Hamilton (undisclosed) to make his postseason debut Tuesday in Game 1 against the Bruins, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports. Hamilton's status for Tuesday's series opener likely won't be confirmed until the Hurricanes take the ice for pregame warmups, but all signs currently point to the 27-year-old blueliner, who missed the entirety of Carolina's qualifying-round series against the Rangers, making his return to the lineup. If all goes according to plan, Hamilton will skate on the Hurricanes' top pairing and first power-play unit during Game 1.
Hamilton (undisclosed) might be available for Tuesday's Game 1 clash with Boston, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports. Hamilton missed the entire play-in clash with the Rangers and hasn't been in the lineup for Carolina since mid-January. Once cleared to play, the veteran blueliner should reunite with Jacob Slavin on the top pairing and figures to bump Jake Gardiner off the No. 1 power-play unit.
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