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NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Carolina

(Thursday, January 19th)

Final Score: Carolina 4, NY Islanders 3

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Eric Staal scored on a breakaway in the third period and Cam Ward made 36 saves, as the red-hot Carolina Hurricanes captured their ninth consecutive victory by defeating the New York Islanders, 4-3, at RBC Center.

Andrew Ladd, Matt Cullen and Kevyn Adams also scored for the Hurricanes, who started this streak on the final day of 2005 and pushed their NHL-best point total to 68. Rod Brind'Amour and Justin Williams each added two assists in the victory.

"We slugged it out tonight," said Carolina coach Peter Laviolette. "It wasn't pretty, but we got it done."

Radek Martinek, Mark Parrish and Arron Asham scored for New York, which has dropped five of its last seven games overall. Rick DiPietro allowed four goals on 25 shots in the losing effort.

Leading 3-2 in the third period, Carolina opened up a two-goal lead on Staal's 30th goal of the season. Eric Cole, from his own zone, fed a perfect lead pass through the neutral zone. Staal corralled the puck, went in all alone and fired a wrist shot past DiPietro with 7:40 remaining in the final stanza.

Parrish's 17th goal on a one-timer from the left circle cut the New York deficit to 4-3 with 3:01 remaining, but the Hurricanes held on the rest of the way.

The Hurricanes own the best home record in the NHL (21-4-1).

Carolina took a 1-0 lead at the 5:43 mark of the opening period. Skating on the power play after Tomi Pettinen was whistled for tripping, Williams left a drop pass for Brind'Amour inside the right circle. Brind'Amour then skated across the slot before firing a wrist shot and the disc was deflected by Ladd on its way into the net.

Under a minute later, the visitors tied it up. Asham corralled a pass below the right circle and beat Ward over the shoulder with a wrister at 6:25.

Cullen's 17th marker of the season, a blazing shot from the low slot, with four minutes remaining in the first period put the Hurricanes back on top, 2-1.

After New York failed to score on several quality scoring chances, a tremendous individual effort by Martinek midway through the middle session knotted the contest at two apiece.

The veteran blueliner held the puck at the right point and faked a slap shot to force the Carolina defender to the ice. After maneuvering to the top of the right circle, Martinek again faked a shot that further cleared his route to the net. Once at the outer rim of the circle, he fired a wrist shot that beat Ward low to the near side.

With only six seconds remaining before the second intermission, however, the Canes regained the lead. Mike Commodore released a shot from the point and Adams deflected it home from the slot for his eighth goal.

"(The goal) at the end of the second really took a lot of wind out of the sails," said Islanders head coach Brad Shaw. "The timing of it was really tough."

Game Notes

Carolina won its seventh straight home game...The Hurricanes remained perfect when leading after two periods (18-0-0)...With the win, the Canes tied a franchise record for most consecutive wins, a feat they also accomplished earlier this season from October 22 - November 11...New York has lost seven of its last eight on the road...Carolina captured the season series, 3-1...Attendance was 12,043...New York finished scoreless on seven power-play chances, while the hosts went 1-for-2 with the extra skater.

01/19 23:42:38 ET

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