Carolina at New York

Tlusty scores twice, Hurricanes hold off Islanders


UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Carolina Hurricanes are finding ways to win at both ends of the ice.

Jiri Tlusty and Jordan Staal did their part to keep Carolina's success on Long Island keep on going.

Tlusty scored his first two goals of the season, Staal and Jeff Skinner also scored, and Cam Ward made 22 saves as the Hurricanes held on for a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Tlusty netted his first goal 1:05 into the second, jamming a loose puck past Evgeni Nabokov. Staal added his first with a wrist shot from the left circle at 6:36, and Skinner made it 3-0 at 13:37 with his third. He leads the Hurricanes (4-2-3) with nine points.

"We've played a lot of consistent hockey so far. We're working hard for 60 minutes," said Staal, the younger brother of Hurricanes captain Eric Staal who joined Carolina in a trade with Pittsburgh in 2012. "Once we get going, we don't stop. To see Jiri bury two for us was huge."

Carolina won all three meetings last season from the Islanders, who are now their division rivals. The Hurricanes are 21-5-5 in their last 31 games against New York and 10-1-2 in their past 13 visits to Nassau Coliseum.

"Our game has been better in terms of getting into areas where you have to score," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. "We were strong in the first two periods, and our objective all night was to eliminate scoring chances. It's nice that we're playing well defensively and the goals are starting to kick in for us, too."

Matt Moulson broke through for the Islanders with his third of the season on the power play with 1:07 left in the second. John Tavares assisted, giving him a seven-game point streak. The Islanders captain has four goals and six assists during the streak.

Tlusty scored his second of the game 11:06 into the third, finishing a 2-on-1 break with Alexander Semin. The Hurricanes are second in the new eight-team Metropolitan Division, three points behind Pittsburgh.

New York's Frans Nielsen scored his fourth on a power play at 13:19 of the third before Kyle Okposo made it 4-3 with 1:01 left.

The Islanders (3-3-2) sustained their first regulation loss in five home games. New York had previously posted two wins and two shootout losses.

"Tonight you saw a clear example of us trying one move too many," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "We didn't generate enough opportunities. We have the skill and resiliency. but we have to play a full 60 minutes. You don't want to give up two points in your division."

The Islanders were forced to play with only five defensemen after veteran Lubomir Visnovsky was knocked out of the game with five minutes left in the first period. The team said he sustained a concussion after absorbing a hard hit along the boards from Carolina's Radek Dvorak.

The Islanders had another scare with just over nine minutes left the second when Nabokov collided with sliding teammate Matt Carkner in the crease. Nabokov was face down for several minutes, and was attended to by a trainer before he slowly got to his feet and stayed in the game.


The Islanders loaned rookie center Brock Nelson to Bridgeport of the AHL after the game. He had one assist in four games this season. ... Hurricanes defenseman Ron Hainsey played in his 600th NHL game. ... Carolina was without injured goalie Anton Khudobin (lower body), forward Elias Lindholm (upper body) and defensemen Tim Gleason (concussion) and Joni Pitkanen (heel surgery). ... Long Island native Mike Komisarek played his second game for the Hurricanes. The 31-year-old defenseman previously played for Montreal and Toronto. ... New York will conclude its four-game homestand against Vancouver on Tuesday.

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Jordan Staal, who scores his first goal of the season, puts the Hurricanes on the board in the first period. (USATSI)
Jordan Staal, who scores his first goal of the season, puts the Hurricanes on the board in the first period. (USATSI)
Carolina  (4-2-3) «0314
NY Islanders (3-3-2)0123
Three Stars
J. Tlusty

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
E. Staal

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
M. Moulson

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
01:05 - Jiri Tlusty (1), Tip-In. Assist: Staal, Semin
06:36Power Play - Jordan Staal (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Murphy, Gerbe
13:37 - Jeff Skinner (3), Backhand Shot. Assist: Nash, Ruutu
18:53Power Play - Matt Moulson (3), Snap Shot. Assist: McDonald, Tavares
11:06 - Jiri Tlusty (2), Tip-In. Assist: Semin, Staal
13:19Power Play - Frans Nielsen (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Okposo, Moulson
18:59 - Kyle Okposo (3), Snap Shot. Assist: Bouchard, Moulson
Penalty Summary
03:36Westgarth, 2 min, Holding
08:05Staal, 2 min, Slashing
05:37MacDonald, 2 min, Interference
15:41Tavares, 2 min, Slashing
18:34Skinner, 2 min, High sticking
01:50Bouchard, 2 min, High sticking
11:52Skinner, 2 min, Hooking
16:57Faulk, 2 min, Delaying Game
Shots On Goal
Cam Ward60:00223
Evgeni Nabokov57:55194
Game Information
Attendance - 13008
Referees - Eric Furlatt, Dave Jackson
Linesmen - Mike Cvik, David Brisebois
Other Games
Van 3 Final
Pitt 4
Edm 3 Final
Ott 1
Nash 2 Final
Mon 1
Bos 5 Final
TB 0
Colu 1 Final
Wash 4
NYR 0 Final
NJ 4
Tor 1 Final
Chi 3
Colo 4 Final
Buf 2
Min 1 Final
Fla 2
Det 2 Final
Pho 5
Cal 3 Final
SJ 6
Dal 2 Final
LA 5