NHL Game Summary - Carolina at NY Islanders
(Saturday, March 27th)
Final Score: Carolina 3, NY Islanders 2
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Kevin Weekes made 16 of his 36 saves in the third period to lead Carolina to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Allan Rourke and Sean Hill both scored in the first period for the Hurricanes, who earned their second straight victory. Jaroslav Svoboda added a goal in the win.
"Weekes played a hell of a game," Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette said. "[The Islanders] have a good team that can shoot the puck."
Oleg Kvasha and Mark Parrish both tallied for the Islanders, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Their lead over Buffalo for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference fell to five points. Rick DiPietro stopped 21 shots in the loss.
Carolina led 2-0 at the end of the first period. Rourke posted his first career NHL goal at 8:42. He scored into an empty net after DiPietro was pushed out of the crease.
Hill's 13th of the season came on a slap shot from the left faceoff circle with 2:03 remaining in the period.
Weekes also turned away 12 shots for the Hurricanes in the opening period.
The Islanders got within 2-1 on a one-timer by Kvasha from the left faceoff circle at 5:16 of the second period.
But Carolina regained a two-goal edge, at 3-1, 3:15 later. Svoboda scored on a high wrist shot from the right circle.
"We cruised around for the first 40 minutes," Parrish said. "We didn't make them do anything special on their goals."
Midway through the third period, New York pulled within 3-2 on a power-play goal by Parrish. With his team on a two-man advantage, he converted on a shot from the right circle. It deflected off a Hurricanes defenseman in front of the crease into the net with 8:30 left in the third.
With less than seven minutes to go, Carolina center Kevyn Adams had a shorthanded breakaway, but DiPietro stopped his low shot.
Rod Brind�Amour and Radim Vrbata set up Rourke's goal for the Hurricanes, who went 0-for-4 with the extra skater... Kenny Jonsson, Mariusz Czerkawski and Cliff Ronning each had an assist for New York, which went 1-for-8 on the power play...Carolina has won four of its last five on the road in the series.
03/27 23:29:56 ET