With the Barons' 5-2 win Saturday night evening the series at 1-1, Oklahoma City's best-of-five, first-round playoff series becomes a best two-of-three in Charlotte. Game 3 is Wednesday night, Game 4 Friday night. If necessary, Game 5 would be played Saturday night.
Oklahoma City played well on the road in the final seven weeks of the regular season, going 9-1-2.
“If we didn't have that (road) stretch where we had done really well this might be a daunting task,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “But we have a lot of confidence. We feel comfortable on the road.”
NELSON SWITCHES UP LINES
Nelson put rookie Toni Rajala back on the No. 1 line with Mark Arcobello and Jonathan Cheechoo. It paid off big time with that line accounting for four goals.
The No. 2 line featured Teemu Hartikainen, Philippe Cornet and Chris VandeVelde. In the lower lines, forwards Antti Tyrvainen and Ben Eager replaced Darcy Hordichuk and Curtis Hamilton, who played in Game 1 but didn't suit up for Game 2.
“The No. 1 line had a big night and that No. 2 line is a hardworking line with some skill,” Nelson said. “But I thought all four lines complemented each other.”
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