There’s trolling, and then there’s what Dougie Hamilton did Friday night.

Back in Game 3 between the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes, Islanders center Brock Nelson tapped Carolina goalie Curtis McElhinney on the head after a game-tying goal. However, the Hurricanes went on to win the game and take a 3-0 lead in the two teams’ second-round Stanley Cup playoff series.

That brings us to Friday night, when the Hurricanes completed a sweep of the Islanders to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. During the postgame handshake line, Hamilton returned the favor by patting Nelson on the head.

Take a look:


The seventh-seeded Hurricanes now await the winner of the series between the Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets. That series is tied 2-2 with Game 5 set for Saturday night in Boston.

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