NHL Game Summary - Carolina at NY Islanders
(Wednesday, November 22nd)
Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Carolina 2
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Alexei Yashin tallied a goal and an assist as the New York Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2, at Nassau Coliseum.
The Isles outshot the Canes 48-15 in the contest and dominated in nearly every aspect of the game except for the man-advantage, where they went 0-for-5. Carolina finished 1-for-6 on the power play.
Shawn Bates, Jason Blake and Miroslav Satan also scored for New York, which has won two of its last three.
Rick DiPietro made 13 saves in the win and Alexei Zhitnik also had two assists.
Scott Walker notched his 10th goal of the year and Trevor Letowski also scored for the Hurricanes, who had a three-game winning streak halted Tuesday night, as they were shut out by the New York Rangers, 4-0, at Madison Square Garden.
John Grahame stopped 44 of 47 chances, masking a lethargic performance by the Hurricane defense.
"It's very embarrassing as far as the team goes," said Grahame. "You never want to be in that situation because nobody is really playing that good. As far as that goes, we have to take it very personally, see what went wrong tonight and fix it."
The Islanders outshot Carolina 20-1 in the first period, but managed just one goal, on Bates' snap shot just 2:53 into the contest.
Mike York corralled the disc off Zhitnik's blocked shot. The center then went the other way, sliding a perfect cross-ice pass to Bates, who tipped the puck past Grahame into a wide-open net.
Both teams skated through a scoreless second period. The Islanders peppered Grahame with 17 shots-on-goal, while DiPietro faced just six at the other end from Carolina.
The Islanders netted three scores in the final stanza to ice the game.
The first came off a turnover, as Yashin dished to Blake, who waited for traffic to clear in front of the net before firing a wrister past a diving Grahame at 5:59.
Blake then returned the favor, setting up Yashin with 8:42 remaining in the third period.
Walker ended DiPietro's shutout bid just under two minutes later, taking a pass from Rod Brind'Amour and beating the netminder with a snapshot to make it a 3-1 game.
Satan added an empty-netter with 49.2 ticks left on the clock to make it 4-1, and Letowski finished the scoring for the Hurricanes, tallying on a wrist shot with 12 seconds remaining in regulation.
"This one's over, we gotta look to Friday now," said New York defenseman Sean Hill. "That's what we have to learn how to do, string some games together. We win a couple then we lose one, it's tough to make up ground in the standings. We want to get up there with the top teams and to do that we have to win some consecutive games."
Blake's goal was his team-leading 12th of the season...Carolina travels to Boston on Friday afternoon, while the Islanders host Pittsburgh.
11/23 00:27:49 ET