New York Islanders (6-6-3) at Carolina Hurricanes (5-7-3), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Peters finally earned his first win of the season
to help the Carolina Hurricanes end a five-game losing streak their last time
out. He hopes to make it two in a row on Thursday, when the Hurricanes host
the New York Islanders in a Metropolitan Division battle at PNC Arena.
Peters, who has been the only goaltender Carolina has used since Cam Ward was
injured early in a game on Oct. 24 in Minnesota, was 0-5-0 on the season
before recording a victory Tuesday in Philadelphia. Making his fifth straight
start between the pipes, Peters stopped 28-of-29 shots in a 2-1 overtime
decision over the Flyers.
Although he entered this season as third on Carolina's depth chart behind Ward
and Anton Khudobin, Peters is currently the No. 1 goaltender for the 'Canes.
He nearly fell to 0-6 in that role on Tuesday, but his teammates pulled out
the win with some late heroics.
Peters allowed Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell to score the game's first goal
with 3:58 left in the third, but Jordan Staal evened things at 1-1 by scoring
with just 52.3 seconds remaining in regulation. Manny Malhotra then scored the
game winner at 2:40 of overtime to lift Carolina to its first win since Oct.
19 against the Islanders.
After Philadelphia defenseman Mark Streit turned the puck over, Malhotra got
behind the defense and charged in on Mason before beating him with a
"I think we're happy with the win right now," said Malhotra. "We're sticking
to our plan and letting things come together here. This was a big step and
we'll keep going at it."
Jiri Tlusty scored a pair of goals for Carolina in the club's 4-3 road win
over the Islanders on Oct. 19. Ward earned the win with 22 saves in that
meeting, while New York netminder Evgeni Nabokov allowed all four goals on
just 19 shots.
Carolina has taken four straight in the series with the Islanders overall and
has a 4-1-1 record in the past six meetings in Raleigh.
The Islanders had won two straight before getting slammed in Tuesday's road
game against the Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin delivered two goals and an
assist to lead the way in Washington's 6-2 drubbing of New York.
John Tavares and Kyle Okposo both had a goal and an assist for the Islanders,
while Nabokov allowed all six Washington goals on 39 shots.
Tavares enters Thursday with a goal in each of his last three games. He has
victimized Carolina to the tune of 12 goals and 21 points in 16 career games
against the club.
The Isles will continue their four-game road trip Saturday in Columbus before
completing the trek the following night against Montreal.
11/07 10:57:40 ET
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