Brooklyn, N.Y. — In the Stanley Cup war of attrition, the Carolina Hurricanes keep winning games but losing bodies.On Sunday, the injury-wracked Hurricanes lost their starting goalie, Petr Mrazek, to a left leg issue 6 1/2 minutes into the second period, their third-pairing defenceman, Trevor van Riemsdyk, on the game’s first shift to a possible left shoulder separation, and winger Saku Maenalanen to an upper-body injury blocking a shot three minutes into the third frame to run their man-games lost list to six with Jordan Martinook, Andrei Svechnikov and Micheal Ferland already hobbled.Those famous words on the Statue of Liberty a few miles away — “give us your tired, your huddled masses” — certainly apply to the Canes without the words “walking wounded.” But, somehow, they keep finding ways to win (they’re 6-3 in the post-season). In Game 2 they scored twice in the first 65 seconds of the third period to knock off the healthier New York Islanders 2-1 to take the first two games at the Barclays Center.They did it with their backup goalie, Curtis McElhinney, with another goal from rookie Warren Foegele — this year’s playoff version of a name from the past, Oiler Fernando Pisani — and Nino Niederreiter’s first in nine post-season games.“We were dropping like flies out there,” said Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour, who joked a few days ago he couldn’t practise because everybody was hurt. “The only way I can describe this win is to say it was hard work … we just gutted it, throwing people out there on different lines.”Foegele, who had 10 goals all season, got his fifth in nine playoff games with a perfectly placed shot on the human refrigerator Robin Lehner 13 seconds into the third and Niederreiter followed that up by tipping in Teuvo Teravainen’s shot that was going four feet wide, skipping it past the Islanders goalie at 65 seconds.Then the Canes hung on with Ryan Pulock, Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey all hitting the iron, Pulock in the last minute and Eberle’s going to video review to see if the 15-footer went off the crossbar and out or inside the back of the net as he forced his way into the open with 7 1/2 minutes remaining.“Those posts … yeah, they were loud,” admitted Foegle.“Sometimes the unseen hand emerges out there,” said Islanders coach Barry Trotz, wondering how a 1-0 lead that seemed very comfortable through 40 minutes, turned so quickly.“I, uh, wouldn’t exactly say that’s how we drew it up,” laughed Foegle.“Maybe there’s a shot of magic in this room … let’s hope so,” said Jaccob Slavin, one of the NHL’s most underrated defencemen, who played 27 1/2 minutes with the Canes down to five blue liners.The line between winning and losing in the playoffs is often crooked.“We came desperate, played hard but didn’t get the result,” said Trotz.True enough, but his team has scored one goal in two games; their 12 forwards only hand 16 shots in this loss. You don’t need to be Captain Obvious to know that’s a recipe for losing even to a Carolina team that is the ultimate counter-puncher, taking whatever overhand rights are thrown, and hangs in.Mrazek gave up goal to Mathew Barzal 13 minutes into the game but Barzal needed help. His cross-ice pass to Bailey was redirected past Mrazek by Slavin’s stick as he tried to block it. It was the first goal he’d given up since Evgeny Kuznetsov beat him 13 minutes into the double-overtime of Game 7.Mrazek had gone 135:04 without giving up a goal, the second-longest run in franchise history. Kevin Weekes, now an NHL Network commentator, had a shutout streak of 145:55 in 2002.Mrazek looked just fine until the second period. He left shortly after sliding across the crease on a 2-on-1 rush with Jordan Eberle sending a pass to Casey Cizikas. But he appeared to tweak it earlier on a shot by Leo Komarov.McElhinney, who has played for seven NHL teams, was caught swimming in the crease a few times as shots rang off the pipes behind him but he stopped all 17 shots that hit him through 33 minutes. It wasn’t like Brind’Amour was throwing in, say, Scott Darling.McElhinney did play 33 games this season.“Right to the end of the season I was quite happy to be going back and forth between Petr and Curtis. There was no way I could say ‘ah, that guy’s not playing well.’ What happened was Petr just elevated his game,” said Brind’Amour, who had lots of confidence in McElhinney.“It wasn’t like we were saying ‘oh, no we have to put that guy in,’’’ said Brind’Amour. “We knew with Mac coming in we were ready to rock ’n roll.”The 35-year-old did give up a weird one to defenceman Devon Toews in the dying seconds of the middle period but it was wiped out after the zebras huddled. Toews nonchalantly kicked it in, soccer-style, backwards kick, from behind the goal line after his first shot was stopped. It slipped underneath McElhinney’s pads.“Surprised it went in, yeah,” said McElhinney, who has made three playoff appearances but all in relief — Calgary against the Blackhawks, April 25, 2009 and Toronto against the Bruins April 14, 2018.“I thought he was going to kick it up to his stick and try a wraparound. Could have created some havoc there, but fortunately we got the right call.”BATTERED BLUELINEThe Hurricanes lost their No. 6 defenceman van Riemsdyk on the game’s first shift when Islanders banger Cal Clutterbuck dumped the puck in and clobbered the defenceman on the end boards. Brind’Amour says he’s out long-term which means Haydn Fleury will take his spot in game three Wednesday. Van Riemsdyk was already nicked up, playing only 18 minutes in the double-OT game against Washington. With TVR out, Carolina basically went with four D — Slavin (27:21), Justin Faulk (26:30), Brett Pesce (24:29) and Dougie Hamilton (20:18). “It’s not a good thing when you’re just coming off two overtime games,” said Slavin.THIS AND THATClutterbuck had to be helped off the ice at the final buzzer with what appeared to be a sore leg … With Mrazek in the dressing room getting treatment, the Canes had to call on emergency goalie Todd Scarola from Stony Brook College, about an hour away. The college team plays club hockey, not any of the three NCAA divisions. A quick search of Scarola’s name on hockeydb.com came back with “no name matches that request.” … Martinook (groin), who missed Game 1, took the warmup but farmhand Clark Bishop stayed in. When you win the first one, you can let veterans get healthier. Hurricanes head coach Rob Brind’Amour said rookie winger Svechnikov (concussion) would also try it in the warmup but he wasn’t out there … Barzal gave Jordan Staal a healthy whack on the back of his leg as they skated up ice in the first period, which elicited a stare back from Staal, who outweighs Barzal by 35 pounds and is six inches taller … The Isles dressed an extra defenceman Luca Sbisa for the warmup but Scott Mayfield, who missed Saturday’s practice for a maintenance day, played … The Islanders’ AHL farm team in Bridgeport, Conn., lost out Saturday, which means a recall for flashy Josh Ho-Sang, who has the skill to be an NHLer but might be a one-trick pony.