NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Carolina
(Friday, January 23rd)
Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Carolina 2
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Michael Peca and Trent Hunter each scored second-period goals to lead the New York Islanders to a 3-2 win over Carolina at the RBC Center.
The Islanders emerged victorious against their former coach Peter Laviolette, who was going up against his former team for the first time since the Islanders fired him following last season. Laviolette took over for Carolina head coach Paul Maurice back in December.
Justin Papineau also scored for the Islanders, who won for the third time in four games, snapped a five-game road winless streak (0-3-2) and remained unbeaten in 18 games when leading after two periods (16-0-2-0). Rick DiPietro stopped 25 shots in the winning effort.
"I thought our defense was really solid," New York coach Steve Stirling said. "That was as solid a game our defenders would give us."
Sean Hill and Justin Williams scored for the Hurricanes, who lost for the third time in four games. Center Ron Francis became the third player in NHL history to play in 1,700 games, but was unable to lead his team to victory.
"Points got away that we needed," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. "But I don't think it was from a lack of effort or not executing. I thought the guys played a pretty hard game."
The Islanders went ahead 2-1 on Peca's goal 3:15 into the second period when he beat Kevin Weekes on a low shot from the right point.
Weekes, the Carolina goaltender, finished with 18 saves.
New York then went ahead 3-1 on a high wrist shot by Hunter from the left faceoff circle with 50 seconds left in the second.
The Hurricanes were able to close within 3-2 on a power-play goal by Williams, who joined the team earlier this week in a trade with Philadelphia, 3:22 into the third period. He beat DiPietro on a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle.
Papineau's fifth goal, at 3:32 of the first period, put the Islanders ahead 1-0. He scored on a wrist shot from between the circles after a holding penalty on Bruno St. Jacques.
Carolina forged a 1-1 tie with 4:30 remaining in the period. Hill scored on a low wrist shot from the point, and a video review couldn't overturn the referee's decision that the puck went through DiPietro and over the goal line.
Hurricanes center Rod Brind`Amour left midway through first period with a right groin strain...New York has won four of its last five trips to Raleigh.
01/23 23:40:11 ET