Carolina
Hurricanes
45-30-7
New York
Islanders
26-47-9

28 SOG
60 SOG
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CAR
NYI
game recap

Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:56 AM

Associated Press

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Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3
Carolina Hurricanes 4, New York Islanders 3

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -The New York Islanders played their best game of the season, and did everything right except earn two points.

Cam Ward made 57 saves and Chad LaRose scored twice to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Islanders 4-3 on Saturday night.

"It's not as frustrating as it was the other night, because we played our system and gave ourselves a chance to win," Islanders captain Bill Guerin said, comparing the game to Thursday night's 5-3 loss to Dallas.

"It's a loss, and it's unacceptable, but we played better."

Rod Brind'Amour and Eric Staal also scored for the Hurricanes in their third straight victory at Nassau Coliseum.

Freddy Meyer, Sean Bergenheim and Mark Streit scored for New York. The Islanders have lost three straight overall and three of four home games so far this season.

Rick DiPietro started in goal and stopped 10 shots before being pulled for Joey MacDonald to start the second period. MacDonald took the loss while stopping 14 shots.

The Islanders set a franchise record with 60 shots on goal.

"It looked like they were throwing everything at the net," Ward said. "But it's really not the number of shots that matters - it's the number of good chances, and I think our defense did a great job in clearing out rebounds so there were very few second chances."

The Islanders were awarded a penalty shot in the final second when Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason closed his hand on the puck in the crease, but Doug Weight missed.

"He's a gifted player," Ward said. "I thought he might go five-hole, but I tried not to overthink it."

Weight said the bad ice and Ward's position gave him few options.

"It got quite interesting there," Weight said. "He was out about 10-12 feet. He went down and I tried to put it to the high glove, and I had to make a perfect shot, and I didn't. He played it well."

LaRose gave Carolina the lead 3:43 into the game. He picked off DiPietro's clearing attempt near the blue line, skated into the right circle and beat the goalie with a wrist shot.

"The coaches told us before the game that Ricky likes to clear the puck up the middle," LaRose said. I just happened to get my glove on it and came in and beat him to the far side."

Brind'Amour set himself up to net his fourth goal of the season at 8:49. He won a faceoff in the right circle, and drew the puck back to Joe Corvo at the right point. DiPietro stopped Corvo's shot, but Brind'Amour was able to grab the rebound and shove it in.

DiPietro was pulled after the period in favor of MacDonald.

Islanders coach Scott Gordon, who guards his team's injuries from being news, offered this explanation for the switch.

"It wasn't his performance, and we'll know more on Monday," Gordon said. "I've been told that our policy is that we can't talk about injuries, and that's what I'm stuck with."

New York got on the board at 3:56 of the second period when Meyer let go a 40-foot slap shot that beat Ward.

Carolina answered at 10:51 when Staal intercepted Meyer's pass in the offensive zone and beat MacDonald for his fourth goal of the season.

Bergeinheim narrowed the gap to 3-2 with a short-handed goal at 5:35 of the third period. He drew Ward down and backhanded the puck in.

LaRose answered back for Carolina 1:36 later on a rebound.

Brandon Sutter went down on a hard, but clean check by Weight at 9:58. He was tended to by trainers from both teams. After about 5 minutes, he was able to stand up, and was assisted off the ice.

"He was taken to the hospital to get checked out," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. "He was in a vulnerable position, and those kind of hits have to be removed from the game. He may not have had his arm up, but those kind of hits are dangerous."

Weight gave his side of the story.

"Brandon was coming up, and the puck was bobbling," Weight said. "I wanted to shoulder him, but he leaned forward at the last second and I had no way to stop. I hope he's OK."

The Islanders wound up with a power play during the ensuing melee, and scored to cut the gap to 4-3. Streit cranked a slap shot and blew it past Ward at 10:34.

Notes: The Hurricanes are on their fourth stop of a six-game road trip, one which saw them play twice in California. Visits to Montreal and St. Louis follow. ... The Islanders will unveil their alternate third jersey Monday prior to the game against the Rangers, but won't wear the retro uniforms until Nov. 1 against Montreal.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:43
CAR
Chad LaRose (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 0 CAR
08:49
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Corvo (1)
2 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
03:56
NYI
Freddy Meyer (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Andy Hilbert (2)
2 - 1 CAR
10:51
CAR
Eric Staal (4) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 1 CAR
3rd Period
05:45
NYI
SHG - Sean Bergenheim (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Freddy Meyer (1)
3 - 2 CAR
07:11
CAR
Chad LaRose (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Brandon Sutter (2), Ryan Bayda (2)
4 - 2 CAR
10:34
NYI
PPG - Mark Streit (2) Slapshot - ASST: Doug Weight (4), Bill Guerin (3)
4 - 3 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
09:36
CAR
Cam Ward  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:47
CAR
Josef Melichar  Holding against  Bill Guerin
2nd Period
05:59
CAR
Tim Gleason  Fighting (maj) against  Nate Thompson
05:59
NYI
Nate Thompson  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Gleason
12:09
CAR
Niclas Wallin  Interference against  Richard Park
14:33
CAR
Cam Ward  Slashing against  Jon Sim
18:08
CAR
Josef Melichar  Holding against  Bill Guerin
19:29
NYI
Bill Guerin  Roughing against  Patrick Eaves
3rd Period
02:57
CAR
Dennis Seidenberg  Holding against  Jeff Tambellini
04:30
NYI
Mark Streit  Holding the stick against  Niclas Wallin
07:26
CAR
Josef Melichar  Tripping against  Kyle Okposo
09:08
CAR
Ryan Bayda  Roughing against  Kyle Okposo
12:33
NYI
Sean Bergenheim  Hi-sticking against  Tim Gleason
goalie stats
Cam Ward
SA: 60TOI: 60:00
Saves: 57EV: 43 - 44
PIM: 4PP: 14 - 15
SV%: .950SH: 0 - 1
Joey MacDonald
Joey MacDonald
2-3-0
SA: 16TOI: 39:27
Saves: 14EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Rick DiPietro
Rick DiPietro
SA: 12TOI: 19:56
Saves: 10EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .833SH: 2 - 2