The Carolina Hurricanes have been chasing teams ahead of them in the Metropolitan Division, trying to win games and climb the standings.

On Saturday, the Canes faced a team that was chasing them.

The Canes topped the New York Islanders 3-2 for their third straight win, getting 38 saves from goalie Anton Khudobin and the winning goal from center Brett Sutter, who began the week with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.

A big concern for the Canes was having captain Eric Staal leave in the second period with a lower-body injury. Staal did not return to the game and his availability for Sunday's game against the Nashville Predators was not known.

"It's not easy when the big man goes down," said the Canes' Jordan Staal, who scored in the second period. "It creates a big hole but you've got to stick with it and do what you do.

"It took a full effort from everyone in the room. It's a big two points for us."

Following up the Canes' 4-3 overtime win Thursday against the Washington Capitals, Khudobin was given a second consecutive start. He was under assault in the final three minutes as the Isles pulled goalie Evgeni Nabokov and went with a sixth attacker and then the Canes' Alex Semin drew an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty.