NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Carolina|
(Tuesday, January 22nd)
Final Score: NY Islanders 6, Carolina 3
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Mike Sillinger scored two short-handed goals,
as the New York Islanders split a home-and-home set against the Carolina
Hurricanes with a 6-3 victory at the RBC Center.
On Monday, the teams squared off in a Martin Luther King Day matinee at Nassau
Coliseum, where Carolina overcame a two-goal third period deficit to post a
dramatic 3-2 overtime victory.
The Islanders tied a franchise record with three short-handed goals in the
game, marking the third time the feat has been accomplished. On the other end,
Carolina yielded three short-handed goals for the first time since April 4,
1995 in a 6-3 loss at Buffalo.
Blake Comeau had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who snapped a two-
game losing streak. Richard Park, Sean Bergenheim and Brendan Witt also
scored, while Trent Hunter and Radek Martinek each collected two assists. Wade
Dubielewicz, making his first start since a 4-1 win over these same Hurricanes
on December 31, finished with 44 saves.
"We got some breaks, the pucks bounced off the glass pretty well and the
short-handed goals," said Islanders coach Ted Nolan. "Sometimes you have to be
lucky and tonight we got some lucky breaks."
Eric Staal, Mike Commodore and Matt Cullen had the goals for the Hurricanes,
who had a two-game winning streak broken. Cam Ward stopped 25-of-30 shots for
Carolina, which heads into the All-Star break with a 24-24-4 record. The
Hurricanes don't play again until January 29th, when the Rangers come to
"Our second periods have been terrible," said Carolina coach Peter Laviolette.
"On the road and here, especially here, we've given up too much to start. This
one was no different."
The Islanders erupted for three goals in a 2:59 span during the middle frame,
including a pair of short-handed markers, to snap a 1-1 tie.
While on the power play, Erik Cole carried the puck into the offensive zone,
but was stick checked by Martinek, who backhanded the puck off the glass. Park
hustled to the loose disc, broke away from Frantisek Kaberle and beat Ward on
the glove side at 4:53.
Forty-five seconds later, Sillinger netted his second short-handed goal when
he swooped in from the right circle and deposited his own rebound in the back
of the net.
Bergenheim capped the scoring barrage at 7:52, giving the Islanders a 4-1
lead. Miroslav Satan threaded a perfect long, lead pass from his own blue line
to Bergenheim, who got pulled down by Kaberle but still managed to shovel the
puck past Ward.
With 4:33 remaining, Commodore narrowed the deficit to two with a long range
shot from the right point that deflected off the right skate of Witt and the
knob of Dubielewicz's stick.
The Hurricanes made it a 4-3 game at 6:20 of the third when Cullen's shot from
the bottom of the left circle beat Dubielewicz on the short side.
On a 3-on-1 rush, Comeau dropped the puck back to Witt, whose blast from the
top of left circle glanced off the glove of Ward with 2:35 left, restoring a
two-goal lead. Comeau added an empty-net goal with 1:15 to play.
Sillinger put the Islanders on top 1-0 at 8:11 of the first with the team's
fifth short-handed goal of the season. Hunter got the puck in deep and four
Hurricanes players converged behind the net, leaving Sillinger all alone
in the slot. Hunter slipped the puck to Sillinger, who wasted little time
burying the puck behind Ward.
With the Hurricanes still enjoying the power play, Staal tied the game 1:21
later when he redirected Cory Stillman's shot from the top of the left circle.
New York wrapped up the season series against the Hurricanes with a 2-1-1
record...The Islanders are currently riding a season-high four-game road
winning streak...Staal has points in each of his last five games (four goals,
three assists)...Carolina has allowed 10 short-handed goals this season...The
Islanders announced Tuesday that defenseman Chris Campoli will undergo season-
ending shoulder surgery on Thursday. The team also signed defenseman Freddy
Meyer to a two-year contract extension through 2009-2010 on Tuesday...New
York visits Boston on Thursday...The 47 shots on goal for Carolina was a
season-high and also marked the most allowed for the Isles this season.
01/22 22:46:41 ET