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Islanders 5, Hurricanes 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Michael Smith

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Islanders 5, Hurricanes 2
New York Islanders 5, Carolina Hurricanes 2
Three Stars of the Game
John Tavares
John Tavares
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 21:00
Matt Moulson
Matt Moulson
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:50
Kevin Poulin
SA: 23TOI: 59:33
GA: 2EV: 17-18
PIM: 0PP: 3-4
SV%: .913SH: 1-1

Tracking the Storm: Analysis

In some ways, the Carolina Hurricanes’ 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders was closer than the score would indicate. Then again, in some ways it wasn’t. After falling down 2-0 in the first two periods, the Canes came back to tie the game 2-2 in the third. A goal from John Tavares shortly after was all the Islanders needed to sustain the lead. They added two empty-net goals to seal the two points. “We didn’t come out with the start that we wanted, but still after the first we were in the game. We had a tough second, as well,” head coach Kirk Muller said. “We really had our best period in the third.”

Not really coming alive until the final 20 minutes ended up costing the Hurricanes, and Muller said that it’s a bad habit he doesn’t want the team to fall into. “It’s tough to win games when you play your best hockey for 20 minutes,” he said. “We’ve got to be consistent and play 60 minutes, not 20.”

The Islanders scored their first two goals on the power play. Though the Canes killed off a slashing penalty on Jeff Skinner, it’s still one the sophomore forward would like to have back. He was frustrated by the fact that he didn’t get a call in his favor and chopped at the stick of defenseman Mark Streit. “It’s unacceptable on my part,” he said. “It’s selfish to take a penalty like that.”

Tavares is quickly become a Hurricanes killer. In three games this season, Tavares has racked up 9 points (4g, 5a), 4 of those points (2g, 2a) coming tonight alone. Though he didn’t register a point on the Islanders’ second goal, he was indeed on the ice. “Give credit where credit is due. He’s a good player, and he’s worked hard to become the elite player that he is,” Muller said. “He’s done a good job hurting us in these last three games, but he seems to be doing it against everyone right now. He’s an opportunist.”

Having their three-game home winning streak snapped, the Canes turn their attention now to Boston, a team they have beaten three out of three tries this season. The team can’t afford to not kick their game into gear until 40 minutes deep on Thursday. “They’ve got to understand where the success came from in our last 10 games,” Muller said. “Tonight is a good indication that if we don’t play 60 and we don’t win our battles, we’re no different from any other team – we’re not going to win.”

Recap (Associated Press)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - John Tavares scored two goals and had two assists to lead the New York Islanders over the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Tuesday night.

P.A. Parenteau and Matt Moulson scored power-play goals to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead after two periods and help New York move two points ahead of Carolina at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

Carolina rallied with goals from Brandon Sutter and Tim Brent early in the third period to get even, but Tavares put the Islanders back in front, and Kyle Okposo added an empty-net goal with 1:22 left.

Kevin Poulin made 26 shots to earn his first win of the season. The Islanders, who snapped a two-game losing streak, are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.

The Islanders scored two goals in four power plays against the Hurricanes, who hadn't allowed a man-advantage goal in eight games.

Parenteau scored for the second straight game and has seven points in six games. He took advantage of Jay Harrison's penalty for delay of game 5:49 into the game.

Moulson's goal at 16:19 of the second gave the Islanders a two-goal cushion. Moulson got the puck in the slot off the stick of Carolina's Eric Staal and flick a shot past goalie Cam Ward.

Sutter made it 2-1 at 3:15 of the third with help from defenseman Tim Gleason, who earned his 100th NHL assist one day after signing a four-year contract extension with the Hurricanes.

Brent tied it with a power-play goal after Poulin got caught out of the net at 6:55.

Tavares answered 41 seconds later when Ward was out of position while trying to play the puck outside the crease.

NOTES: New York D Mark Streit had two assists and posted his sixth multipoint game of the season. ... Moulson has seven goals and 10 assists in his last 14 games. ... Gleason, now under contract through the 2015-16 season, could have become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - PA Parenteau (11) ASST: John Tavares (30), Mark Streit (24)
1 - 0 NYI
2nd Period
PPG - Matt Moulson (23) ASST: Mark Streit (25), PA Parenteau (34)
2 - 0 NYI
3rd Period
Brandon Sutter (11) ASST: Tim Gleason (14)
2 - 1 NYI
PPG - Tim Brent (7) ASST: Jeff Skinner (14), Eric Staal (26)
2 - 2 Tie
John Tavares (21) ASST: Matt Moulson (22), Steve Staios (7)
3 - 2 NYI
EN - Kyle Okposo (12) ASST: John Tavares (31), Andrew MacDonald (4)
4 - 2 NYI
EN - John Tavares (22) ASST: Kyle Okposo (15), Matt Moulson (23)
5 - 2 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
Jay Harrison  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Jay Harrison  Tripping against  Rhett Rakhshani
2nd Period
Jeff Skinner  Slashing against  Andrew MacDonald
Riley Nash  Hooking against  PA Parenteau
3rd Period
PA Parenteau  Slashing against  Derek Joslin
Mark Streit  Hooking against  Eric Staal
goalie stats
Kevin Poulin
Kevin Poulin
SA: 23TOI: 59:33
Saves: 21EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .913SH: 1 - 1
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
SA: 24TOI: 58:56
Saves: 21EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0