FINAL
WPG
1
BOS
4
FINAL
SJS
3
COL
4
FINAL
NJD
1
BUF
2
FINAL
NYR
7
TOR
1
FINAL OT
OTT
4
MTL
3
FINAL SO
NSH
4
FLA
5
FINAL
CAR
3
NYI
2
FINAL
CBJ
2
STL
6
FINAL
DET
5
DAL
1
FINAL
WSH
3
MIN
5
FINAL
PHI
5
PHX
3
FINAL
VAN
1
LAK
3
CAR
36-35-11
NYI
34-37-11

30 SOG
40 SOG

Hurricanes defeat Islanders for sixth straight time

NHL.com | Saturday, 01.04.2014 / 11:43 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes turned eight minutes of second-period mistakes by the New York Islanders into three goals. Anton Khudobin did the rest.

Khudobin stopped 38 shots; Manny Malhotra, Jordan Staal and Brett Sutter scored; and the Hurricanes hung on for a 3-2 victory Saturday, their sixth straight against the Islanders.

"It's funny how it matches with team vs. team," said Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller, whose club is 11-1-2 in its past 14 visits to Nassau Coliseum." They've got a good hockey team and they're a good skating team. We kind of feel like that is our style as well."

Khudobin, playing in his second game after missing more than two months with a lower-body injury, was especially sharp in the third period, stopping 15 of 16 shots as the Islanders made a late push. He has won all four decisions this season.

"At the end, when the score was 3-1, I knew they were going to come," Khudobin said. "They were shooting everything and everywhere."

The Hurricanes have won three in a row after losing five straight.

"It's been a gutsy three games," Muller said. "The guys really shut it down well at the end. I felt pretty comfortable about the way we played in the third. We protected the lead, we were good without the puck, we defended well."

Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves for the Islanders (14-22-7), who had won three in a row and were coming off a 3-2 overtime victory against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

New York hasn't beaten Carolina since Feb. 18, 2012. John Tavares scored in the second period and Thomas Vanek scored a power-play goal with 24.2 seconds remaining.

The best player during the scoreless first period was Khudobin, who stopped all 10 shots he faced. He robbed Ryan Strome on a rebound try midway through the period, then foiled Kyle Okposo on a 2-on-1 with 2:40 remaining. Okposo cut around the defense and swept left-to-right through the slot, but Khudobin stayed with him and got his arm and glove up high enough to deny Okposo's wrister.

The Islanders, who entered last in the NHL in killing penalties, had little trouble killing off back-to-back minors early in the second period. But a turnover by Andrew MacDonald behind his net 20 seconds after Thomas Hickey's penalty expired led to the game's first goal. Carolina's Patrick Dwyer took the puck away from MacDonald and swept a pass to Malhotra for a quick one-timer over Nabokov's glove at 6:57.

The lead lasted 44 seconds. Tavares picked off a bad pass by Drayson Bowman in the Carolina zone and played give-and-go with Vanek before tucking the puck behind Khudobin at 7:41 for his 17th goal of the season. The assist stretched Vanek's point streak to eight games.

Carolina (17-16-9) took advantage of a blown defensive coverage by the Islanders to regain the lead at 13:12. Dwyer worked the puck free along the left boards and found an unchecked Staal all by himself in the slot. He took one stride and snapped a shot past Nabokov for his ninth of the season and a 2-1 lead.

"That's on me," said Vanek, who thought the play was offside. "It's a missed assignment. And then we lost the momentum for a few minutes and we're down another."

More Islanders mistakes led to another Carolina goal 57 seconds later. Calvin de Haan's attempted dump-in appeared to hit a skate at the blue line and triggered an odd-man rush the other way. Nabokov stopped Jeff Skinner's wide-open blast, but no one picked up Sutter, who backhanded the rebound into the net at 14:09 for his first goal of the season and second in the NHL.

"You look at two of their goals, and we had the puck" New York coach Jack Capuano said. "Our puck decisions are what get us in trouble."

The Islanders tested Khudobin throughout the final five minutes, but their only goal came on a deflection by Vanek after Alexander Semin was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

"We had too many guys that were nonchalant," Capuano said after the Islanders fell to 1-5-4 in their past 10 home games. "We didn't have all 20 guys. We can't have nights like that."

The Hurricanes lost captain Eric Staal with a lower-body injury in the second period. He played 11 shifts and saw 9:48 of ice time before leaving. Muller said Staal would be assessed to see if he will be able to play against the Nashville Predators on Sunday in Raleigh.

Material from team media was used in this report

1st2nd3rdT
CAR
NYI
Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
06:57CAR Manny Malhotra (4) Snap shot - ASST: Patrick Dwyer (7) 1 - 0 CAR
07:41NYI John Tavares (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Thomas Vanek (19) 1 - 1 Tie
13:12CAR Jordan Staal (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Dwyer (8), Nathan Gerbe (11) 2 - 1 CAR
14:09CAR Brett Sutter (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Jeff Skinner (12), Andrej Sekera (17) 3 - 1 CAR
3rd Period
19:35NYI PPG - Thomas Vanek (15) Slapshot - ASST: Andrew MacDonald (17), Ryan Strome (3) 3 - 2 CAR
Three Stars of the Game
Patrick Dwyer
1st
G: 0Shots: 7
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:30
Anton Khudobin
2nd
SA: 40TOI: 60:00
GA: 2EV: 30-31
PIM: 0PP: 6-7
SV%: .950SH: 2-2
John Tavares
3rd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -2TOI: 22:35
Penalty Summary
1st Period
13:34CAR Eric Staal  Roughing against  Matt Martin
2nd Period
02:41NYI Matt Martin  Tripping against  John-Michael Liles
04:34NYI Thomas Hickey  Tripping against  Tuomo Ruutu
3rd Period
18:03CAR Alexander Semin  Unsportsmanlike conduct
shots by period
PeriodCARNYI
1st710
2nd1414
3rd916
Total3040
Team Stats
CategoryCARNYI
Power Plays0/21/2
Hits2221
Faceoff Wins3323
Giveaways1318
Takeaways1214
Blocked Shots1920
Penalty Minutes44
  • CAROLINA
  • NY ISLANDERS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4A. SekeraD0130023:35
7R. MurphyD0002016:12
11J. StaalC1012018:40
12E. StaalC000029:48
14N. GerbeL0111016:56
15T. RuutuR0003012:36
18R. DvorakR000009:59
21D. BowmanL0002011:28
22M. MalhotraC1003018:46
26J. LilesD0010016:38
27J. FaulkD0020023:01
28A. SeminR0013219:16
32Z. BoychukL0001010:06
39P. DwyerR0217016:30
42B. SutterL1011012:59
53J. SkinnerL0114019:39
65R. HainseyD00-10020:01
73B. BellemoreD00-11020:18
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
31A. Khudobin3840.95060:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3T. HamonicD0003025:18
7M. CarknerD000209:57
13C. McDonaldR000009:25
14T. HickeyD00-10219:41
15C. ClutterbuckR0004015:46
16P. ReginC0002010:05
17M. MartinL0000210:53
18R. StromeC0104014:42
21K. OkposoR00-22023:18
26T. VanekL11-24022:18
29B. NelsonC000109:50
37B. StraitD0002015:35
40M. GrabnerR0006014:01
44C. de HaanD00-12021:36
47A. MacDonaldD01-23024:43
51F. NielsenC0000017:58
53C. CizikasC0002011:23
91J. TavaresC10-23022:35
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
20E. Nabokov2730.90056:56