NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Carolina
(Friday, January 6th)
Final Score: Carolina 4, NY Islanders 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Cory Stillman and Rod Brind'Amour netted goals on the same power play that bridged two periods while Cam Ward made 28 saves to lead Carolina to a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders at the RBC Center.
Kevyn Adams and Justin Williams each added a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who recorded their third straight win and are 8-0-1 in their last nine home games.
Wade Dubielewicz, making his second NHL start, stopped 31 of 34 shots for the Islanders. He was forced into action due to knee injuries to Rick DiPietro and Garth Snow.
Eric Godard had the lone goal for New York, which was dealt its sixth setback in seven outings.
Adams gave Carolina a 1-0 lead at 13:58 of the first period with a nifty redirection of Oleg Tverdosky's one-timer. The goal came one second after the conclusion of a Hurricanes power play.
Dubielewicz was solid over the rest of the opening session, and the Islanders drew even early in the second when Godard crashed the net and knocked home a rebound of a wrister by Arron Asham at the 5:37 mark.
New York had chances to move in front, but failed on two second-period power plays following Godard's tally. The Islanders then put themselves in a hole with two costly penalties towards the end of the frame.
Carolina cashed in on the 5-of-3 situation. Dubielewicz made the initial stop on Stillman's shot from in close, but Ray Whitney corralled the carom and skated behind the net before finding Stillman open on the right side for a 2-1 advantage with just 24 seconds left before the intermission.
The goal lengthened Stillman's point streak to a career-best 10 games.
A one-man advantage carried into the third period, and the Hurricanes struck again with just 1:08 elapsed. Frantisek Kaberle's shot from the right point was blocked by New York defenseman Tomi Pettinen, but Whitney got the puck and quickly slid it to Brind'Amour for an easy score.
Williams put in an empty-netter with 33 seconds remaining to finish things off.
Whitney and Kaberle each finished with two assists...Snow sprained the MCL in both of his knees during Wednesday's win over Florida and is expected to be sidelined 3-to-4 weeks, while DiPietro is still recovering from a left knee sprain...Jason Blake, who leads the Isles with 17 goals, also sat out after bruising his ribs in the Florida game...Dubielewicz's other NHL start came with the Islanders in 2003-04...The Hurricanes ended 2-for-7 with the extra skater and have notched at least one power play goal in 10 straight games...Carolina improved to 17-4-1 at the RBC Center this year...The Islanders were 0-for-4 with the extra skater.
01/06 21:44:40 ET