NHL Game Summary - Carolina at NY Islanders|
(Saturday, October 25th)
Final Score: Carolina 4, NY Islanders 3
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Cam Ward made 57 saves and denied Doug Weight
on a penalty shot with 0.7 seconds remaining in the game to carry the Carolina
Hurricanes to a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Ward allowed three goals, while Chad LaRose scored twice for the Hurricanes,
who had dropped three of four coming in.
Rick DiPietro played just one period between the pipes, allowing two goals on
12 shots, while Joey MacDonald saved 14-of-16 shots for the Islanders, who
have fallen in three straight.
Freddy Meyer had a goal and an assist in defeat, as New York set a team-record
with 60 shots on goal.
Trailing by a goal with less than five seconds showing on the clock, the
Islanders sent the puck in front of the net and Carolina defenseman Tim
Gleason intentionally covered up the loose disc in the crease, which resulted
in a penalty shot with 0.7 seconds left.
"There was a scrum in front of the net," Gleason said. "The puck was loose. I
didn't have a stick and I tried to take a swipe at it, and I think as soon as
you put your glove on top of it, it's a penalty shot."
Weight's attempt to send the game into overtime hit Ward directly in his chest
and the goaltender covered up to seal the win.
"I thought [Weight] was going to try and go five-hole, but I tried not to
over-analyze it or over-think it," Ward recalled. "I was just in a good
position to make the save."
LaRose converted a turnover in the Islanders' zone into a quick 1-0 Carolina
lead, slipping one past a flat-footed DiPietro just 3:43 into the game.
Five minutes later, Rod Brind'Amour muscled his way to the front of the net
and cleaned up the rebound of Joseph Corvo's shot for his fourth goal
of the season.
The Islanders cut their deficit in half four minutes into the second period
when Meyer corralled Andy Hilbert's pass from the back of the net and fired a
wrister that beat Ward.
But another New York turnover in its own zone gave the goal back, as Eric
Staal swooped in to a steal a pass before beating MacDonald at the 10:51 mark
of the second.
While shorthanded and trailing 3-1 in the third, Sean Bergenheim took Meyer's
feed on a 2-on-1 break and went to the backhand to light the lamp for the
Islanders at the 5:45 mark.
Less than a minute-and-a-half later, however, Brandon Sutter found LaRose in
front of the net and LaRose went top-shelf to restore the Hurricanes' two-goal
Tensions rose midway through the period when Sutter was caught with his head
down by Weight at center ice. Sutter remained on the ice after the legal check
and left with the help of several trainers.
"Brandon was coming up and the puck was bobbling," Weight said. "I'd been out
there for a while. I was looking at the puck and he was coming so I tried to
drop a shoulder into him, and as I was coming in to hit him, obviously I was
trying to stop his progress and make a hit. But I think he really felt I was
focused on the puck and he leaned forward. I couldn't stop. I kept my elbow
down and the rest you saw."
Ryan Bayda was called for roughing after retaliating, and Mark Streit took
advantage on the ensuing power play with a goal.
The Islanders will square off against the rival Rangers on Monday, while the
Hurricanes travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens on Tuesday...The
Hurricanes are 3-1-1 as the visiting team this season...Carolina has won five
of the last seven in this series, including three straight at the Coliseum.
10/25 23:32:46 ET