Tavares Comes Through: Islanders 2, Hurricanes 1 (OT)

John Tavares scored both goals for the home team and the New York Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime Saturday night by a score of 2-1.

The Islanders outshot the Canes 40-33 and had 23 shots in the second period alone, but it was another evenly fought, back-and-forth game for the Hurricanes.

Jeff Skinner opened the scoring 8:43 into the first period when he shoveled a loose puck past Evgeni Nabokov. Bryan Allen shot the puck at the net and Zac Dalpe had a nice screen on the play.

But Tavares tied things up 7:46 into the second, then beat Cam Ward for the game winner with just 1:02 left in OT.

Ward had a solid night with his 38 saves on 40 shots, but Nabokov played very well at the other end of the rink as well with 32 saves on 33 shots.

The Canes will next play the Jets at the RBC on Monday night before going on the All Star break.

Game Notes:

  • Tim Gleason had a team high seven hits. The team was credited with 24.
  • Several players had four shots each to lead the way, (Ruutu, LaRose, Sutter, and Skinner)
  • The Canes had 23 blocked shots led by Bryan Allen with five and Jay Harrison with four.
  • Staal, Gleason, and Allen each had over 24 minutes of ice time.
  • check out post game interviews at Canes PR.com.
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