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HURRICANES 4, New York Islanders 1

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Gary Roberts and Robert Kron scored 1:40 apart in the second period, and Sean Hill had a career-high three assists as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 4-1 Sunday.

The Hurricanes trailed 1-0 despite dominating play. Carolina rallied late in the second with a power-play goal by Roberts and a short-handed score by Kron to beat the penalty-plagued Islanders for the eighth time in nine meetings.

Ron Francis, who became the 13th player in NHL history to play in 1,400 games, iced it with a power-play goal with 13:40 left as Carolina remained in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Roberts added his 20th goal with 3:58 remaining, reaching the mark for the ninth time in his career.

Carolina outshot the Islanders 49-10 to snap New York's modest two-game road winning streak. New York, which took 13 penalties, had a season-low for shots.

A rebound shot by Roberts, his 19th goal, tied it with 5:42 left in the second. Carolina was 0-for-6 on the power play before Roberts scored.

Kron and Rod Brind'Amour then broke in 2-on-1 against Kevin Weekes, seconds after Andrei Kovalenko was penalized for high-sticking. Kron kept the puck and fired it high over the Weekes' glove for his 12th and Carolina's third short-handed goal of the season.

Arturs Irbe preserved Carolina's 2-1 lead with 15:05 left when he stopped Mike Watt on a short-handed breakaway. Francis made it 3-1 less than two minutes later.

Carolina outshot the Islanders 22-4 in the opening period, but couldn't get one by Weekes, who allowed eight goals in games against Pittsburgh and New Jersey last week. The 22 shots were the most in a first period this season for the Hurricanes.

1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL

NY Islanders 0 1 0 1

Carolina 0 2 2 4

First Period: Scoring: None. Penalties: NY Islanders bench, served by Krog (too many men on the ice), 5:21; Hill, Car (tripping), 5:52; Oneill, Car (hooking), 6:43; Nabokov, Nyi (high sticking), 7:21; Giroux, Nyi (hooking), 12:02; Francis, Car (high sticking), 16:58.

Second Period: Scoring: 1, NY Islanders, Czerkawski 29 (power play) (K Jonsson, Isbister), 6:18. 2, Carolina, Roberts 19 (power play) (Oneill, Hill), 14:18. 3, Carolina, Kron 12 (shorthanded) (Hill), 15:58. Penalties: K Jonsson, Nyi (holding), 3:13; Karpa, Car (tripping), 5:31; Krog, Nyi (holding), 9:40; Watt, Nyi (high sticking), 13:50; Kovalenko, Car (high sticking), 14:40; Rivers, Nyi (high sticking), 19:48.

Third Period: Scoring: 4, Carolina, Francis 22 (power play) (Hill, Roberts), 6:20. 5, Carolina, Roberts 20 (Francis, Karpa), 16:02. Penalties: Krog, Nyi (boarding), 3:26; Connolly, Nyi (slashing), 6:04; Mccarthy, Car (roughing), 8:24; Lapointe, Nyi ( double high sticking minor), 8:43; Karpa, Car (roughing), 16:23; Connolly, Nyi (roughing), 16:23; M Andersson, Nyi (Obstr hooking), 16:49.

SHOTS ON GOAL

NY Islanders 4 3 3 --10

Carolina 22 14 13 --49

Goalies: NY Islanders, Weekes (36 shots, 34 saves). Carolina, Irbe (7, 6). Referees: Jackson, Roberts. Linesmen: Henderson, Schachte.

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