The Carolina Hurricanes engaged in a run-and-gun game Monday with the New York Islanders, overcoming poor penalty killing to secure a 6-4 road victory at Nassau Coliseum.
The Canes, 3-1-1 on their road trip, trailed 3-2 entering the final period. But the Isles were overwhelmed by the playmaking and skill of Carolina's top line of Eric Staal, Alex Semin and Jiri Tlusty -- who combined for four goals and nine points in the third -- and the Canes (6-4-1) did manage to kill off a penalty late in regulation to preserve the lead.
"We find a way to (get) the points, which is a big key for our team and we have to keep it rolling," Tlusty said. "Our third period has been really strong. We came out really hard tonight (in the third) and wore the D down. That was the plan."
Tlusty had two goals, including a late empty-netter that sealed the victory, and two assists for his first career four-point game. Semin, playing perhaps his best overall game for the Canes, scored his 200th career goal while adding two assists and Staal pushed his point streak to nine games with a goal and an assist. All three finished plus-4 for the game.
"I think we slowly took over the game as it went on," Eric Staal said. "Besides getting in penalty trouble, we were on their defense, we were really controlling pucks down low and making it tough on them. Besides giving them momentum by giving them power plays, we really controlled the game as the game went on, especially in the third period."
Jeff Skinner and Tim Wallace also scored for the Canes, who face the surging New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night to end the six-game, 12-day road swing, which will be their longest of the season.
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Canes rally to sink Islanders 6-4
Raleigh News & Observer | Feb 12