Hurricanes 4, Islanders 2

The New York Islanders gave up a 4-2 decision to the playoff hungry Carolina Hurricanes at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night

Saturday, 04.2.2011 / 10:46 PM ET / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Hurricanes 4, Islanders 2
In the second-to-last home game of the 2010-11 season, the New York Islanders gave up a 4-2 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes in front of a sellout crowd.

“They just came hard,” said goaltender Al Montoya, who made 22 saves in the effort. “That was there season, the third period. But for us, if we want to move forward as a winning team and continue this, in the third periods, we have to put teams away.”

The Islanders began the third period with a 2-1 lead, but the Hurricanes, who are fighting for their playoff lives, came out with more energy and more of an overall effort finding the back of the net three times, once on an empty net.

“I don’t think we played too bad tonight,” center John Tavares said. “Obviously, the last game was a really emotional one. We talked about making sure that we were re-focused for this game. It’s our third game in four nights. I thought we moved our feet pretty well the first two periods, but parts of the third we didn’t. Then they got that third one and we kind of stopped skating.”

Dylan Reese #42 of the New York Islanders tries to defend against Eric Staal #12 and Erik Cole #26 of the Carolina Hurricanes on April 2, 2011 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
The goal Tavares was speaking of was the game-winner, scored by Erik Cole at 6:04 in the third. Cole drove the net and waited for a pass from Eric Staal, which came, and he poked it past Montoya

“The guy (Cole) walked off the wall,” Montoya said. “I kind of committed to him with the screen and threw it back to him and he made a good play but we just have to be aware of those guys.”

To solidify the win, Staal beat rookie defenseman Mark Katic for a shorthanded breakaway with 47.6 seconds remaining in the game and put the puck in the back of an empty net.

“Unfortunately, the last one bounced off of Katic’s stick and there’s nothing you can do about that with Staal peering down on him,” Islanders interim head coach Jack Capuano said.

Even though there were a few mistakes back on the blue line, Capuano gave credit to the Islanders young defensemen.

“(Katic and Dylan Reese) played together in Bridgeport,” Capuano said. “They played the power play there and I thought that they were very good tonight. You know what, the guys that come up, I have no problem giving them ice time, and I have the utmost confidence in those guys that have been around for a long time.”

Heading into the second period, the score was tied at one. But after a faceoff from the right dot, Matt Moulson sniped a shot from the empty space between the blue line and top of the faceoff circle. Tavares used the screen to his advantage and found Moulson’s puck for a deflection at 7:05, giving the Islanders their only lead of the contest.

Jesse Joensuu #58 of the New York Islanders battles for the puck with Jerome Samson #71 of the Carolina Hurricanes on April 2, 2011 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
“I just won the draw and Reese made a good play to Matty (Moulson),” Tavares said. “I told Matty that I would be there and I tipped it in. I just got good body positioning and I was fortunate enough that it went in the right spot.”

Each team scored one in the first period. Jussi Jokinen tallied first, giving the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead at 4:47, but exactly four minutes later, Jesse Joensuu tied the score for the Islanders.

“Jack (Hillen) put the puck into our own corner,” Joensuu said. “I saw that no one was around me so I was able to gather some speed. I didn’t feel like I could have taken him wide so I wanted to shoot from his feet so the goalie wouldn’t see it. I was lucky that it went in.”

Capuano said Joensuu, a call-up from the Sound Tigers, was the team’s best forward.

“He was skating, he was driving his legs and I thought tonight he was our best forward,” Capuano said. “He’s a power forward. When we called him back up the second time, he had a clear understanding of what he had to do.”

Capuano continued, “He’s got skill, but at the same time at 210 pounds. He has to get to the net; he has to drive to the net and he has pretty good speed for a big guy. He got a great goal tonight coming down the wing.”

The Hurricanes tied it at two at 3:02 in the third. Joe Corvo converted a deflection from Tim Gleason’s sniper.

The Islanders take on the Northeast Division champions, the Boston Bruins on Wednesday at the TD Garden.

Islanders lineups
Forwards

26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 15 PA Parenteau
40 Michael Grabner - 12 Josh Bailey - 21 Kyle Okposo
17 Matt Martin - 57 Blake Comeau - 58 Jesse Joensuu
59 Micheal Haley - 28 Zenon Konopka - 14 Trevor Gillies

Defensemen
6 Ty Wishart - 36 Travis Hamonic
24 Radek Martinek - 38 Jack Hillen
42 Dylan Reese - 71 Mark Katic

Goaltenders
35 Al Montoya
39 Rick DiPietro

Scratches
8 Bruno Gervais
27 Milan Jurcina
51 Frans Nielsen

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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