NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Carolina
(Friday, November 13th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Carolina 3 (OT)
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Kyle Okposo picked off an errant clearing pass and rifled the game-winner past Manny Legace with 14.4 seconds to go in overtime, as the Islanders extended Carolina's abysmal losing streak with a 4-3 triumph.
The Hurricanes' prospects of snapping an epic 13-game skid looked promising after Tim Gleason's goal with 2 1/2 minutes left in regulation forced overtime.
Carolina nearly won it moments before faltering as Tuomo Ruutu was stopped point-blank in the low slot by Martin Biron. Then, with the contest seemingly destined for a shootout, Okposo intercepted a Bryan Rodney clearing attempt and skated down the left side. He let the puck drag behind his body before whipping it past Legace on the stick side.
"It's a huge goal by Kyle, and it's all second efforts and we know we're going to get that from him all the time," Islanders head coach Scott Gordon said.
John Tavares scored twice for the Islanders and leads all rookies with seven goals on the season, while Matt Moulson had a strong game and picked up two assists.
Mark Streit also scored for New York, which came in having lost three of four. Biron finished with 25 saves in the victory.
Ruutu and Ray Whitney also for the Hurricanes, who set yet another record of futility with the loss, matching the club's longest stretch without a win at 14 games. Legace allowed four goals on 25 shots.
A double-minor on Gleason just three minutes in set the stage for another grim beginning for the hosts as New York scored two quick power-play goals to jump in front.
Moulson's wrister from the slot sailed wide but caromed back off the glass and over the net where Tavares swatted it over the goal line. A little less than two minutes later, Streit's one-timer from the high slot blistered over the right shoulder of Legace for a 2-0 edge.
"We got ourselves into such a huge hole, it wasn't a matter of playing a soft game. We were playing too wound up to get penalties we can't take. He's an honest guy. He doesn't take a lot of stupid penalties," Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice said of Gleason.
Moulson was positioned behind the cage a short time later and slipped the puck out front amid a host of players. A scrum of sticks and skates thrashed about the disc before Tavares gained a measure of control and flipped it into the left side of the net with 6:19 to go for a 3-0 margin.
"He's getting better every day, I think the sky is the limit," remarked Gordon of Tavares.
The 'Canes came charging back with the next two scores as Ruutu went top shelf on Biron for a power-play goal at 8:52 of the second and Whitney deflected an Andrew Alberts shot to the back of the cage a little over two minutes later.
Gleason ultimately atoned for his earlier blunder and snuck a shot from the right point by Biron on the short side to tie the game.
The extra session almost wasn't necessary as a Moulson shot snuck between the pads of Legace and stopped two inches shy of the goal line. Moulson crashed the net and poked the puck across the goal mouth from his stomach with the clock winding under six seconds, but Legace recovered in time to swipe the disc out of the crease.
Carolina, formerly the Hartford Whalers, went 14 straight without a win from January 4-February 9, 1992, a span that featured eight losses and six ties...Carolina has also dropped six straight at home...The Isles improved to 2-4-4 as the guest this year...New York notched a 4-3 shootout win over the Hurricanes on October 21, but Carolina has still taken four of the last six meetings in the series...The Islanders moved to 1-1 on a seven-game road trip...Legace was signed to a one-year contract on Monday after starting goaltender Cam Ward sustained a left leg laceration and was placed on injured reserve Wednesday...Tavares registered his first career multi-goal game while Carolina's Brandon Sutter notched his first career multi-point effort with a pair of assists.
11/13 22:58:22 ET