Carolina at New York

Hurricanes 4, Islanders 2

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Carolina Hurricanes beat the blizzard -- and the New York Islanders.

Eric Staal scored goals in a 1:38 span in the second period and also had an assist to help the Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 4-2 on Wednesday.

Zach Boychuk and Brandon Sutter also scored and Cam Ward made 23 saves for Hurricanes. A point behind eighth-place Atlanta in the Eastern Conference, Carolina has won three of its last four games.

"Huge game before the break," Staal said. "One point behind Atlanta [and] we wanted to make sure we got the job done here."

Ward also was thinking about the standings.

"We wanted to head into this All-Star break on a high note and feel good about ourselves," Ward said. "Atlanta's win [1-0 over Washington] makes this much more of a bigger win."

Michael Grabner and Andrew MacDonald scored for New York.

Snow and the threat of lot more on the way limited the attendance to 4,976, the second-smallest crowd at the Coliseum this season. Only 3,136 attended the Islanders' 4-1 win over Montreal on Dec. 26 because of a blizzard. The Islanders are last in the NHL in attendance, averaging 10,069.

Staal gave Carolina a 2-1 lead at 5:55 of the second, beating Rick DiPietro with a backhander from the left faceoff circle. The Carolina captain added his 25th goal of the season at 7:23, tipping Joe Corvo's point shot past DiPietro. In 25 games against the Islanders, Staal has 18 goals, eight assists and a plus-25 rating.

"We scored two quick ones to make it 3-1," Staal said. "We want to beat the teams below us in the standings. You want to stay on the gas when you're ahead. We got that one, then another right after. [It was] a big momentum-killer for them; made the hole a little bit too big for them."

Sutter made it 4-1 on a breakaway with 4:55 left in the third.

It appeared Jussi Jokinen opened the scoring for Carolina a minute into the match, but a lengthy review showed the left wing used his stick to push DiPietro's pad across the goal line. "One referee made the call on the ice based on that he lost sight of the puck. The other fellow informed him the puck had been in the net," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice explained. "Good guys won, so there's no need to rehash that one."

Boychuk scored with 5:17 left in the period, snapping a wrist shot over DiPietro's glove.

"They just beat us," said DiPietro, 5-12-1 against the Hurricanes.

Grabner tied it 31 seconds into the second period with a backhander from the low slot. Grabner was alone in the slot as Hurricanes defensemen Jamie McBain and Joni Pitkanen followed Frans Nielsen into the corner. Nielsen snapped a perfect pass to Grabner and the Islanders' lone All-Star representative buried the feed.

"I had chances before. Now they're starting to go in," Grabner said. "I think I'm more confident. It's nice to see that the coach has confidence in me."

He was one of the few Islanders absolved by Jack Capuano for their play.

New York coach Jack Capuano said he "thought there were some guys that were selfish for the first time. And that's disturbing," while Matt Moulson added that the Islanders "want to win. You want to win as many as you can."

Notes

The game was the second of four between the Eastern Conference rivals. The Hurricanes beat the Islanders 7-2 in Raleigh on Nov. 3. ... DiPietro finished with 27 saves. ... The Hurricanes will be well-represented at the All-Star Weekend in Raleigh. Staal will captain one of the teams, while Ward and rookie Jeff Skinner were announced as All-Stars. Skinner, the 18-year old rookie, could not contain his excitement. "It's pretty cool to be in the All-Star Game. I think it's going to be an exciting weekend for me, [and] to have in Raleigh is a special touch," Skinner said. "Really cool, really excited. [Should] be a good memory."

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Scoreboard
Carolina  (25-19-6) «1214
NY Islanders (15-27-7)0112
Three Stars
E. Staal
CAR


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
M. Grabner
NYI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
E. Cole
CAR


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
14:43 - Zach Boychuk (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Staal, Cole
2ND PERIOD
31.0 - Michael Grabner (15), Backhand Shot. Assist: Nielsen, MacDonald
05:55 - Eric Staal (24), Wrist Shot. Assist: Cole
07:23 - Eric Staal (25), Tip-In. Assist: Corvo, Gleason
3RD PERIOD
15:05 - Brandon Sutter (11), Backhand Shot. Assist: Tlusty, Jokinen
18:39 - Andrew MacDonald (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Grabner
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:13Hamonic, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
08:15Staal, 2 min, Cross-Checking
16:11Comeau, 2 min, Tripping
16:19MacDonald, 2 min, Slashing
16:19Skinner, 2 min, Slashing
19:16Carter, 2 min, Roughing
19:16Moulson, 2 min, Cross-Checking
2ND PERIOD
04:07Konopka, 5 min, Fighting
04:07Bodie, 5 min, Fighting
14:23Tlusty, 2 min, Hooking
3RD PERIOD
12:34Schremp, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
18:29Staal, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
18:29Schremp, 2 min, Slashing
19:44Parenteau, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
 123T
CAR1471031
NYI613625
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Cam Ward60:00232
Rick DiPietro59:23274
Game Information
Attendance - 4976
Referees - Chris Rooney, Ian Walsh
Linesmen - Pierre Champoux, Jean Morin
 
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