RALEIGH, North Carolina (Thu Nov 11 0:00:05 1999) -- Rookie Josh Green scored in his season debut and Felix Potvin recorded his first shutout in 19 months as the New York Islanders ended a six-game losing streak against the Carolina Hurricanes with a 2-0 blanking.
Potvin and Arturs Irbe engaged in a scoreless duel through two periods before Green scored his second NHL goal with 5:42 remaining in his first game with the Islanders. The 22-year-old left wing received Olli Jokinen's pass at the blue line, skated into the high slot and blasted a slap shot past Irbe.
"It felt good for me to get the call-up and to contribute like that," said Green, who was recalled Tuesday from Lowell of the American Hockey League. "It's kind of icing on the cake. I made a conscious effort to shoot the puck as much as possible and I think I did that, and it paid off.
"I got the call-up Monday or Tuesday afternoon and had to be on the bus to the airport. It was a rough couple of hours for me, but I'm glad to be here."
Green was acquired June 20 as part of the blockbuster trade that sent Zigmund Palffy to the Los Angeles Kings.
"He had a heck of a hockey game. We had heard that he was playing very well in Lowell," Islanders coach Butch Goring said. "He looked very good in our two practices and he really just continued right on. I'm sure he was very excited about having an opportunity to play with us. We're really pleased because we know he has some skill and we know he has the ability to score."
Potvin stopped 14 shots over the first two periods and 11 in the third to complete his 13th career shutout and first since March 26, 1998 with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"I think they had most of their shots on the power play in the third. It was a big kill for us," Potvin said. "Other than that, I think we stayed pretty composed and waited for our chances, and it happens that Josh Green had a big goal tonight and Mariusz's goal made us feel a little more secure.
"It's just good that we played hard tonight, especially after the game we played against them in New York."
Potvin's best save came 2:50 into the final period, when he denied Martin Gelinas from point-blank range.
"In the third period we came out with some good jump and got some pressure and some chances that we didn't finish on," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. "In a game, the later you go, it's going to be one shot that beats you, and that's what happened. I just thought we struggled with the puck, a lot of turnovers."
Mariusz Czerkawski also tallied for the Islanders, who have won two of their last three following a four-game winless streak. New York avenged a 4-0 home loss to Carolina on October 30 and defeated the Hurricanes for the first time since a 2-0 victory on January 30, 1998.
"We're shooting the puck, which is something we stress that we don't do enough of," Goring said. "They skated extremely well last time in our building and we did not play very well. Let's not take anything away from them, I thought they played very well, but tonight I thought we skated very well, probably about as good as we can play."
Irbe finished with 16 saves for Carolina (6-6-3), which has lost three of its last four games and dropped back to .500. The Hurricanes were shut out for the second time in four contests.
"We didn't play well enough to win, and if we do that tomorrow (at Philadelphia) we'll get beaten 6-0," Hurricanes center Jeff O'Neill said. "We've been inconsistent lately. Our work ethic has come in spurts. We're all responsible, it's not just one player or one line. We've got to do good things that help us win every night."
Czerkawski got his team-leading sixth goal with 45 seconds remaining, beating Irbe with a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle. Czerkawski also leads the Isles with 13 points.
FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: Lawrence, Nyi (hooking), 5:32.SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: None. THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, NY Islanders, Green 1 (Jokinen, J Jonsson),14:18. 2, NY Islanders, Czerkawski 6 (Isbister, M Lindgren), 19:10.Penalties: Brewer, Nyi (cross checking), 2:00.Shots on goal:--------------------------------- NY Islanders 7 6 5--18Carolina 6 8 11--25--------------------------------- Power-play Conversions: Nyi - 0 of 0, Car - 0 of 2. Goalies: NYIslanders, Potvin (25 shots, 25 saves; record: 4-7-1). Carolina, Irbe (18,16; record: 4-4-3). A:11,413. Referee: Faucette. Linesmen: Broseker, DMccourt.
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