NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Carolina
(Friday, December 22nd)
Final Score: Carolina 5, NY Islanders 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Rod Brind'Amour's goal and two assists helped the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-1 thrashing of the New York Islanders at the RBC Center.
Cory Stillman had three assists while Ray Whitney collected a pair of helpers for the Hurricanes, who have won three straight following a five-game skid. Cam Ward made 24 saves for his 16th win of the season. Justin Williams, Erik Cole, Eric Belanger and Scott Walker also had goals for the Hurricanes.
Chris Simon posted the lone goal on the night for the Islanders, whose two- game winning streak came to an end. Rick DiPietro gave up five goals on 35 shots in the loss.
"I think it's real important," said Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette about the importance of scoring a lot of goals. "The guys are doing the right thing, when you're doing the right thing and playing the game the right way you like to see the results show that. In Philadelphia we had more than two goals worth of opportunities and it didn't happen so tonight I thought we did a better job of cashing in."
Brind'Amour got the home team off to a good start with a side-angle rebound goal at 3:54 of the first while Carolina had a 5-on-3 power play. Williams added a 5-on-4 goal, beating a diving DiPietro with a shot under the crossbar at 12:52, and the Hurricanes led 2-0 after 20 minutes.
Carolina pressed the Islanders from the first shift of the second period, and the forechecking paid off when Cole's wrister from the slot from Eric Staal's feed from behind the net found space between DiPietro's pads, making it 3-0 at the 1:53 mark. Belanger's right circle bullet through a screen on the power play boosted the lead to 4-0 at 6:15.
It was 5-0 on a fluke play at 1:42 of the third. With his team shorthanded, DiPietro snapped his stick in half when he tried to flip a lead pass to one of his defensemen, and Stillman swooped in to pick up the loose puck. He quickly dished to Walker in the slot, and he buried the chance for his 11th of the season.
Simon's stuffer goal from inside the crease at the 8:09 mark of the third put the Islanders on the board.
"In the first period we got behind the eight ball real quick and they put it in very easily," said Islanders coach Ted Nolan on the amount of penalty- killing his team had to do. "It's just one of those things, we have to have a better penalty kill and tonight we didn't."
New York had beaten Carolina twice already this year, both on Long Island...Brind'Amour has recorded three points or more in a game seven times this season...Carolina outshot New York in all three periods, and 35-25 for the game...The Islanders came up empty in five power play chances, while the Hurricanes converted 4-of-9 opportunities.
12/22 23:41:28 ET