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Jordan Staal, Sutter score 57 seconds apart; Hurricanes top Islanders 3-2

Saturday, 01.04.2014 / 9:46 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Jordan Staal, Sutter score 57 seconds apart; Hurricanes top Islanders 3-2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Jordan Staal and Brett Sutter scored 57 seconds apart in the second period, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders yet again, 3-2 on Saturday night for their third consecutive win.

Staal broke a tie with his ninth goal with 6:48 left in the second. Sutter stretched the Carolina lead to 3-1 with 5:51 to go with the second of his NHL career and first since his debut on Dec. 23, 2008 — a span of 50 games.

Manny Malhotra staked the Hurricanes to a 1-0 lead when he scored for a third straight game, connecting at 6:57 of the second with his fourth goal.

John Tavares answered 44 seconds later with his 17th for the Islanders, and Thomas Vanek scored with 24.2 seconds remaining, but New York had a season-best, three-game winning streak broken.

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