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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Tom Liodice

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Carolina Hurricanes 3, New York Islanders 1

Home was not very sweet Saturday night for the Islanders, as they fell to the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, extending their losing streak to seven games.

"We need wins desperately," Matt Moulson said afterwards. "It's frustrating not to get them when we need them especially when youre working hard."

Carolina struck first in the opening period to take the lead.

Jussi Jokinen got the Hurricanes on the scoreboard first with 5:28 left in the opening period for his 20th goal of the season. The play evolved as Joni Pitkanen drove down the boards deep into the Islanders zone and attempted to send a centering pass to a teammate.

Andrew MacDonald deflected Pitkanens pass with his stick, leaving errant pass to come out in front of the crease to Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro. Unfortunately, for DiPietro, he paddled the loose puck right on the stick of Jussi Jokinen who fired it past the unsuspecting Islanders goaltender for a 1-0 Carolina lead.

The Islanders had thought they had evened things up with Carolina less than two minutes into the second period on the power play. As Carolina goaltender Justin Peters was trying to cover a loose puck, Moulson kept poking away. However, just prior to the puck crossing the goal line, referee Eric Furlatt blew the play dead denying Moulson of his 22nd goal.

"We had some bad breaks, obviously with Matt's (no goal)," John Tavares said. "That puck's loose and he jams it in there. Its a tough call for the referee."

Eight minutes later, the Islanders would finally get the goal they needed, this time not on the power play, but while shorthanded.

Frans Nielsen would be the beneficiary of a strong shorthanded forecheck by Blake Comeau, scoring his eighth goal of the season. Comeau forechecked hard on Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen, forcing the hurricane to turn the puck over. As Comeau gained control, he caught Nielsen driving hard toward the slot and fed it over to the dashing Dane who one-timed it past Peters to even things up, 1-1.

It would end up being the only goal the Islanders could muster up.

"We're having trouble to score goals, we just need to find ways to put them in the net," Tavares said. "We're holding our sticks too tight. We need a little more life and a little more urgency, especially with how important these games are."

Carolina would take the lead right back with 4:24 left in the second period on Patrick Dwyers fourth goal of the season. Brandon Sutter attempted to wrap the puck around the Islanders net in an attempt to catch DiPietro off-guard. However, the puck deflected off the sliding DiPietro out towards the slot, where Dwyer pounced on the loose rebound and put it behind the goal line to give Carolina a 2-1 lead.

As the third period wound down and DiPietro halfway to the Islanders bench in favor of an extra attacker, Pitkanen would add an insurance marker to extend Carolinas lead to 3-1.

The Islanders hope to get back on the winning track on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. as they host the Nashville Predators.

Slapshots: Islanders outshot Carolina, 35-25...Andrew MacDonald led all Islanders with 28:15 of ice time...Frans Nielsen led all Islanders with 6 shots on goal...Islanders were 0-5 on the power pay, while Carolina was unsuccessful on four opportunities...Josh Bailey (upper body) was the lone Islanders scratch...This was the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this season; both teams split the season series by taking two games apiece...Islanders now have an all-time record of 46-53-10 against the Hurricanes.


20 Sean Bergenheim - 91 John Tavares - 57 Blake Comeau
26 Matt Moulson - 13 Rob Schremp - 21 Kyle Okposo
15 Jeff Tambellini - 51 Frans Nielsen - 7 Trent Hunter
16 Jon Sim - 93 Doug Weight - 10 Richard Park


2   Mark Streit - 8 Bruno Gervais
25 Andy Sutton - 47 Andrew MacDonald
44 Freddy Meyer - 56 Dustin Kohn

39 Rick DiPietro
30 Dwayne Roloson


36 Jussi Jokinen - 12 Eric Staal - 13 Ray Whitney
11 Zach Boychuk - 16 Brandon Sutter - 39 Patrick Dwyer
14 Sergei Samsonov - 8 Matt Cullen - 29 Tom Kostopoulos
23 Steve Goertzen - 17 Rod BrindAmour - 18 Stephane Yelle

25 Joni Pitkanen - 4 Aaron Ward
77 Joe Corvo - 6 Tim Gleason
27 Brett Carson - 41 Andrew Alberts


60 Justin Peters
34 Manny Legace
scoring summary
1st Period
Jussi Jokinen (20) ASST: Joni Pitkanen (30), Ray Whitney (27)
1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
SHG - Frans Nielsen (8) ASST: Blake Comeau (9)
1 - 1 Tie
Patrick Dwyer (5) ASST: Brandon Sutter (12), Zach Boychuk (3)
2 - 1 CAR
3rd Period
Joni Pitkanen (3) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
Richard Park  Interference against  Ray Whitney
Joe Corvo  Holding against  Kyle Okposo
Frans Nielsen  Hooking against  Brett Carson
Sergei Samsonov  Hooking against  Blake Comeau
2nd Period
Tom Kostopoulos  Tripping against  Frans Nielsen
Andrew MacDonald  Tripping against  Eric Staal
Mark Streit  Roughing against  Eric Staal
3rd Period
Joni Pitkanen  Hi-sticking against  Sean Bergenheim
Aaron Ward  Slashing against  Jon Sim
goalie stats
Justin Peters
Justin Peters
SA: 35TOI: 59:54
Saves: 34EV: 26 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .971SH: 1 - 2
Rick DiPietro
Rick DiPietro
SA: 25TOI: 59:54
Saves: 22EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .880SH: 0 - 0 is the official Web site of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and are trademarks of New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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