Analysis from Raleigh
→ It was a back-and-forth contest until it wasn't. The Carolina Hurricanes scored three goals in both the second and third periods to win their fourth straight game at home, a 7-4 rout of the New York Islanders. Brock McGinn tallied a four-point night (1g, 3a), and Jordan Staal, Elias Lindholm and Lee Stempniak each had three points (1g, 2a).
"It was an open game. There was lots of opportunities unfortunately sometimes both ways," Staal said. "I thought we gave up a few too many good chances, but we found a way to put the puck in net and get two points."
With the victory, the Hurricanes earned all eight of a possible eight points in their four-game homestand, improved to 14-1-1 in their last 16 home games and are now within a point of a wild card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with games in hand.
"We're right there, for sure. I know our conference is very good, and the Metropolitan Division is very good. It's going to be a lot of fun. You've got to win games on a consistent basis," head coach Bill Peters said. "You've got to look after your business. We did that last night and tonight."