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Seven Hurricanes score in win against Islanders

Brock McGinn has goal, three assists for Carolina

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- In a little more than 24 hours, Hurricanes rookie Brock McGinn has figured out how to score points in the NHL.

McGinn had an NHL career-high four points, and Elias Lindholm, Lee Stempniak and Jordan Staal each had three when the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Islanders 7-4 at PNC Arena on Saturday for their for their fourth straight win.

 

WATCH: All Islanders vs. Hurricanes highlights

 

McGinn had two goals in a 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, giving him six points in the past two games; he had six points in his first 24 games.

"It's definitely neat," McGinn said. "I didn't want to change my game, even though at the start of the year, the points weren't coming. But I just want to go out and play the same way, and right now they're coming, so I just want to continue that."

Video: NYI@CAR: Stempniak goes top shelf off faceoff

Cam Ward made 28 saves for the Hurricanes (21-15-7), who are 14-1-1 in their past 16 home games.

Carolina got a goal from seven players, including three in the third period to break a 4-4 tie.

John Tavares scored two goals for the Islanders (16-17-8), one night after he had a hat trick in a 5-2 win at the Florida Panthers. His second goal tied the game at 4-4.

Stempniak made it 5-4 at 5:42 after Teuvo Teravainen won a faceoff to Stempniak, who beat Thomas Greiss high to the far post.

Teravainen extended the lead to 6-4 at 11:44, redirecting Justin Faulk's shot for his 10th of the season.

Staal put in a rebound of Matt Tennyson's shot at 13:53 to make it 7-4.

"When you play against a fast team that's got a lot of pace, it puts pressure on you to make plays," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "When you go against Staal and some of those big guys, they're going to shoot. But the goals that they scored were preventable."

Video: NYI@CAR: Staal finishes a rebound in close

Tavares scored at 4:16 of the first period to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead. Carolina tied the game at 1-1 when McGinn finished a feed from in the slot. It was his fourth goal in three games.

Anders Lee and Jason Chimera scored to give New York a 3-1 lead before Justin Faulk scored at 4:58.

Lindholm one-timed a shot for a 3-3 tie at 8:57 of the second period. McGinn made a backhand pass across the slot through two Islanders defenders.

"[McGinn] really strong, and he's holding onto the puck and bringing guys to him and making plays," Staal said. "He's doing all those things that we know he can do. He's done all of it since he's been back."

McGinn later scored off a rush to give Carolina a 4-3 lead at 16:57.

Greiss finished with 36 saves and was replaced by Jean-Francois Berube after allowing the goal to Staal.

Video: NYI@CAR: McGinn slams home rebound from the slot

 

Goal of the game

Pesce pinched from the point to score at the far post.

Video: NYI@CAR: Pesce tips home McGinn's pass

 

Save of the game

Greiss gloved Victor Rask's high, hard shot with 4:43 left in the second period to keep the game tied 3-3.

Video: NYI@CAR: Greiss robs Rask with the glove

 

Highlight of the game

Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier did a nice job staying with the play after he missed on the backhand, making a perfect pass to Chimera for the goal.

Video: NYI@CAR: Chimera puts home nice centering pass

 

Unsung performance of the game

On Lindholm's goal, Staal made a one-handed pass as he took a hit from Calvin de Haan along the wall.

Video: NYI@CAR: Lindholm buries McGinn's cross-ice feed

 

They said it

"[McGinn] is a little undersized (6-foot, 185 pounds), maybe not the fastest guy, but he's got a lot of hockey player in him. He's a very courageous kid, a very intelligent player. He's got a lot of old school in him. He's starting to play with way more pace and he's making plays now." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters

 

"We generated opportunities and we had some good momentum at times and obviously had a 3-1 lead. We were just too spotty. We allowed them to get back in the game and take over in the third." -- Islanders forward John Tavares

 

Video: NYI@CAR: Tavares scores from slot for second goal

 

Need to know

There were no penalties called in the game. ... Tavares has 19 goals in 27 NHL games against the Hurricanes. ...Ward is 20-4-4 against the Islanders. ... Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk was a late scratch and was replaced by Scott Mayfield.

 

What's next

Islanders: At the Boston Bruins on Monday (1 p.m. ET; SN, MSG+, NESN, NHL.TV)

Hurricanes: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Offense explodes in Hurricanes' 7-4 win

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