The Carolina Hurricanes scored four unanswered goals, two in the second and two in the third period, to complete the come from behind 4-2 win over the New York Islanders last night in Nassau Coliseum. The victory ended the Hurricanes' three-game losing streak, while the loss for the Islanders ended the team's two-game winning streak and dropped their home record to a league worst 2-7.
Both Jordan and Eric Staal scored in the second period for the Hurricanes to tie the game 2-2, and Bobby Sanguinetti joined the rush and netted his first career goal in the third period which would prove to be the game-winning goal (Alexander Semin tallied an empty-net goal at the end of the third period). Starting goaltender Cam Ward played well despite conceding two early goals, making 23 saves including some key ones down the stretch to secure the victory.
The New York Islanders jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Matt Moulson and John Tavares. After John Tavares won the offensive zone face-off, linemate Brad Boyes skated behind Cam Ward and centered a quick pass to the front of the net for Moulson who squeaked a snapshot past Ward for the 1-0 lead. The goal was Moulson's 10th of the season and came 4:38 into the first period. The Islanders' doubled the score 12:25 into the first period on John Tavares' 13th goal of the season. Tavares took a pass from Matt Moulson and beat Cam Ward with a blistering wrist shot high to the glove side to make it 2-0.
Despite being down 2-0 going into the second period, the Hurricanes kept their heads up and continued to battle in an attempt to mount a comeback. The team gained momentum from killing off a two-minute hooking penalty to Kevin Westgarth in the middle of the period to keep the score 2-0, and they would eventually cut the defecit to 2-1 on a late powerplay goal by Eric Staal. Jiri Tlusty won the offensive zone face-off back to Alexander Semin who fired a shot on net from the point that was blocked into the air before being tipped-in by Staal for his ninth goal of the season coming with 1:32 remaining in the second period.
The Hurricanes tied the score a mere 35 seconds later on a snap shot goal from forward Jordan Staal. Staal took a pass from Alexander Semin entering the offensive zone and beat Islanders' starting goaltender Kevin Poulin high to the glove side to tie the game 2-2. The goal was J. Staal's fourth of the season and was assisted by Alexander Semin and Justin Faulk. The Hurricanes scored two goals in the second period although they were out-shot 14-4 by the Islanders during the period.
Defender Bobby Sanguinetti would break the 2-2 tie 10:17 into the final period of play with his first career National Hockey League goal. Sanguinetti joined the rush into the offensive zone by skating to open ice near the top of the right face-off circle, took a pass from Patrick Dwyer and burried a wrist shot past Poulin to give the Hurricanes the lead. The goal was Sanguinetti's first of the season and was assisted by Patrick Dwyer and Jordan Staal.
The Hurricanes would add an empty-net goal by Alexander Semin late in the third period; the goal was Semin's fourth of the season and was unassisted. The Carolina Hurricanes take to the ice again Tuesday in Washington, DC against the Washington Capitals at 7:00 p.m.
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