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ROUND ONE TO CAROLINA

Friday, 01.6.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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ROUND ONE TO CAROLINA
Hurricanes 4, Islanders 1

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The Islanders had just killed off a 5-on-3 late in the second period and now were looking to kill off the remainder of a 5-on-4. Alexei Zhitnik saw that Shawn Bates had a step on a Carolina defenseman, so he tried to thread a pass to Bates for a breakaway. However, the pass was intercepted, Zhitnik hooked Rod Brind'amour streaking into the Islanders' zone, the Hurricanes went on another 5-on-3 and Cory Stillman scored with 24 seconds left in the period to give Carolina a 2-1 lead. Then Brind'amour scored on the power play 1:08 into the third period for a two-goal lead. An empty-netter by Justin Williams closed out the scoring.

Final score: Hurricanes 4, Islanders 1. That is the way it has been going for the Islanders lately.

Kevyn Adams scored the game's first goal -- Carolina was 17-1 entering the game when scoring first -- at 13:58 of the first period. Eric Godard, who received a double-minor for retaliating against Williams, was given a second chance by Steve Stirling in the second period and made the most of it. His hard work and discipline drew two minors against the Hurricanes, and then he scored at 5:37 of the second to tie the game at 1-1.

"It was discussed in the room between periods," said Godard. "I didn't want to hurt the team. I wanted the chance to get back out there and help get my team back in the game."

Nevertheless, bad penalties killed the Islanders once again. When they tried to mount a comeback in the third, Carolina out-skate and out-hit the Islanders. The Hurricanes, undefeated this season when leading after two periods, out-shot the Islanders in the third, 13-9.

It certainly wasn't the doing of Wade Dubielewicz, who filled in admirably in nets for the Islanders, stopping 31 of 34 shots. He will likely get another start on Saturday on the back end of the home-and-home with the Hurricanes.

It was a feisty game, featuring lots of penalties and scrums. And now the same two teams go at it again 24 hours later at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. "It was old-time hockey," said Godard. "It will be good to go back at it again tomorrow."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
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K. Okposo 9 1 6 0 7
F. Nielsen 9 3 2 -1 5
B. Nelson 9 1 4 -4 5
T. Hickey 9 1 4 -4 5
A. Quine 9 1 4 0 5
S. Prince 9 3 1 1 4
R. Strome 6 1 3 3 4
N. Leddy 9 1 3 3 4
C. Clutterbuck 9 2 1 -1 3
 
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