The Carolina Hurricanes scored four third periods goals and killed off a third period tripping penalty to captain Eric Staal when the score was only seperated by one goal to defeat the New York Islanders 6-4 Monday night in Nassau Coliseum. Hurricanes' forward Jiri Tlusty had two goals and two assists, all in the third period, forward Alexander Semin netted his 200th career National Hockey League goal and added two assists and Eric Staal extended his consecutive point streak to nine games with one goal and one assist. Starting goaltedner Cam Ward made 24 saves on 28 shots faced and eventually recorded his fourth win of the season.
The New York Islanders scored all four of their goals on the powerplay, but were unable to recover from the Hurricanes' four-goal third period in route to their fifth straight loss. Forward Matt Moulson had two goals and one assist and captain John Tavares had one goal and one assist as the Islanders were up 3-2 going into the third period. Islanders' starting goalie Rick DiPietro stopped 20 of the 25 shots fired at him, including all five shots faced on the powerplay.
The Islanders' Frans Nielsen got he scoring starting early in the first period on the powerplay, after Hurricanes' forward Jordan Staal took a slashing penalty 1:18 into the game. Nielsen fired a quick snap shot past Cam Ward off a pass from Josh Bailey; the goal was Neilsen's first of the season and was assisted by Josh Bailey and Travis Hamonic. The Hurricanes would tie the score 13:42 into the first period when Tim Wallace redirected a Jamie McBain slap shot for his first career goal as a Hurricane. The goal was Wallace's first of the season and was assisted by Jamie McBain and Andreas Nodl.
The Islanders would take a 2-1 lead 5:23 into the second period on a backhand goal by John Tavares, his seventh of the season. The goal was the second powerplay goal of the game for the Islanders and was assisted by Matt Moulson and Lubomir Visnovsky. The Carolina Hurricanes would answer a mere 29 seconds later with a goal from forward Jeff Skinner. Skinner followed linemate Jordan Staal into the offensive zone and picked up a lose puck high in the slot and blasted a slap shot past DiPietro for his seventh of the season. The Islanders would then take a 3-2 lead 7:46 into the second period off a powerplay goal by Matt Moulson, his fifth of the season assisted by Brad Boyes and John Tavares, and 3-2 would be the score going into the final period of play.
Jiri Tlusty tied the score for the Hurricanes 30 seconds into the third period by tipping-in an Alexander Semin shot to record his second goal of the season and tie the game 3-3; the goal was assisted by Alexander Semin and Eric Staal. The Hurricanes would take a 4-3 lead five minutes later when Alexander Semin beat Rick Dipiertro with a quick wrist shot to record his 200th career NHL goal. The goal was Semin's third of the regular season and was assisted by Jiri Tlusty.
The scoring continued for the Hurricanes 9:09 into the third period when a Jiri Tlusty shot through traffic deflected off captain Eric Staal and past Rick Dipietro to give the Hurricanes a 5-3 lead. The goal was Staal's eighth of the season and was assisted by Jiri Tlusty and Jay Harrison. The Islanders would cut the deficit to 5-4 because of a powerplay goal by Matt Moulson 11:32 into the third period. The goal was Mouslon's second of the game, sixth of the season, and was assisted by Lubomir Visnovsky and Mark Streit.
Jiri Tlusty would ice the game with 11 seconds left in regulation with an empty-net goal off a backhand shot from nearly mid-ice. The goal was Tlusty's second of the period, third of the season, and was assisted by Alexander Semin and Justin Faulk. The Hurricanes take to the ice again tonight at 7:00 against the New Jersey Devils in the final game of their six-game road trip.
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