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game recap

Hurricanes 4, Islanders 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

Associated Press

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Hurricanes 4, Islanders 2
Carolina Hurricanes 4, New York Islanders 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - The Carolina Hurricanes beat the blizzard - and the New York Islanders.

Eric Staal scored goals in a 1:38 span in the second period and also had an assist to help the Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Zach Boychuk and Brandon Sutter also scored and Cam Ward made 23 saves for Hurricanes. A point behind eighth-place Atlanta in the Eastern Conference, Carolina has won three of its last four games.

"Huge game before the break," Staal said. "One point behind Atlanta (and) we wanted to make sure we got the job done here."

Ward also was thinking about the standings.

"We wanted to head into this All-Star break on a high note and feel good about ourselves," Ward said. "Atlanta's win (1-0 over Washington) makes this much more of a bigger win."

Michael Grabner and Andrew MacDonald scored for New York.

Snow and the threat of lot more on the way limited the attendance to 4,976, the second-smallest crowd at the Coliseum this season. Only 3,136 attended the Islanders' 4-1 win over Montreal on Dec. 26 because of a blizzard. The Islanders are last in the NHL in attendance, averaging 10,069.

Staal gave Carolina a 2-1 lead at 5:55 of the second, beating Rick DiPietro with a backhander from the left faceoff circle. The Carolina captain added his 25th goal of the season at 7:23, tipping Joe Corvo's point shot past DiPietro. In 25 games against the Islanders, Staal has 18 goals, eight assists and a plus-25 rating.

"We scored two quick ones to make it 3-1," Staal said. "We want to beat the teams below us in the standings. You want to stay on the gas when you're ahead. We got that one, then another right after. (It was) a big momentum-killer for them; made the hole a little bit too big for them."

Sutter made it 4-1 on a breakaway with 4:55 left in the third.

It appeared Jussi Jokinen opened the scoring for Carolina a minute into the match, but a lengthy review showed the left wing used his stick to push DiPietro's pad across the goal line. "One referee made the call on the ice based on that he lost sight of the puck. The other fellow informed him the puck had been in the net," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice explained. "Good guys won, so there's no need to rehash that one."

Boychuk scored with 5:17 left in the period, snapping a wrist shot over DiPietro's glove.

"They just beat us," said DiPietro, 5-12-1 against the Hurricanes.

Grabner tied it 31 seconds into the second period with a backhander from the low slot. Grabner was alone in the slot as Hurricanes defensemen Jamie McBain and Joni Pitkanen followed Frans Nielsen into the corner. Nielsen snapped a perfect pass to Grabner and the Islanders' lone All-Star representative buried the feed.

"I had chances before. Now they're starting to go in," Grabner said. "I think I'm more confident. It's nice to see that the coach has confidence in me."

He was one of the few Islanders absolved by Jack Capuano for their play.

New York coach Jack Capuano said he "thought there were some guys that were selfish for the first time. And that's disturbing," while Matt Moulson added that the Islanders "want to win. You want to win as many as you can."

NOTES: The game was the second of four between the Eastern Conference rivals. The Hurricanes beat the Islanders 7-2 in Raleigh on Nov. 3. ... DiPietro finished with 27 saves. ... The Hurricanes will be well-represented at the All-Star Weekend in Raleigh. Staal will captain one of the teams, while Ward and rookie Jeff Skinner were announced as All-Stars. Skinner, the 18-year old rookie, could not contain his excitement. "It's pretty cool to be in the All-Star game. I think it's going to be an exciting weekend for me, (and) to have in Raleigh is a special touch," Skinner said. "Really cool, really excited. (Should) be a good memory."

scoring summary
1st Period
14:43
CAR
Zach Boychuk (4) ASST: Eric Staal (27), Erik Cole (14)
1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
00:31
NYI
Michael Grabner (15) ASST: Frans Nielsen (16), Andrew MacDonald (16)
1 - 1 Tie
05:55
CAR
Eric Staal (24) ASST: Erik Cole (15)
2 - 1 CAR
07:23
CAR
Eric Staal (25) ASST: Joe Corvo (19), Tim Gleason (10)
3 - 1 CAR
3rd Period
15:05
CAR
Brandon Sutter (11) ASST: Jiri Tlusty (3), Jussi Jokinen (26)
4 - 1 CAR
18:39
NYI
Andrew MacDonald (1) ASST: Michael Grabner (6)
4 - 2 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
04:13
NYI
Travis Hamonic  Too many men on the ice
08:15
CAR
Eric Staal  Cross checking against  Andrew MacDonald
16:11
NYI
Blake Comeau  Tripping against  Jeff Skinner
16:19
NYI
Andrew MacDonald  Slashing against  Jeff Skinner
16:19
CAR
Jeff Skinner  Slashing against  Blake Comeau
19:16
NYI
Matt Moulson  Cross checking against  Ryan Carter
19:16
CAR
Ryan Carter  Roughing against  Matt Moulson
2nd Period
04:07
CAR
Troy Bodie  Fighting against  Zenon Konopka
04:07
NYI
Zenon Konopka  Fighting against  Troy Bodie
14:23
CAR
Jiri Tlusty  Hooking against  Matt Moulson
3rd Period
12:34
NYI
Rob Schremp  Too many men on the ice
18:29
CAR
Eric Staal  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Rick DiPietro
18:29
NYI
Rob Schremp  Slashing against  Eric Staal
19:44
NYI
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau  Interference against  Joe Corvo
goalie stats
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
22-15-5
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .920SH: 2 - 2
Rick DiPietro
Rick DiPietro
7-9-4
SA: 31TOI: 59:23
Saves: 27EV: 19 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .871SH: 0 - 0