Tavares and Isles Complete The Sweep: Islanders 4, Hurricanes 3

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 18: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders scores a goal against Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes during their game on February 18, 2012 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders completed a season sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes with a 4-3 win on Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum. It was the first ever season sweep for the Islanders over the Carolina/Hartford franchise.

Once again, John Tavares played a major role in the outcome as he scored two goals and added an assist. Tavares had 12 points in his four games against Carolina this season.

Cam Ward left the game after the second period and reportedly has a lower body concern. Justin Peters played the third and allowed the game winner to Tavares just seconds into the final period.

The Islanders jumped out to a 1-0 lead just two minutes and change into the game, but Brandon Sutter put a nice move on net to tie things up later in the opening period.

The second period was a wild one as the Canes took a 2-1 lead when Jiri Tlusty buried a nice Jerome Samson pass just 15 seconds into the period. Tlusty now has points in seven straight games.

But the Islanders came right back with two goals of their own to take the lead back, 3-2.

Then at 10:58 into the period, Eric Staal won a faceoff, got the puck to the defense, and Jaroslav Spacek beat Kevin Poulin with a nice shot to tie the game once more. The game remained tied until Tavares knocked in the game winner off of a rebound very early in the third.

Try as they might, the Hurricanes could not get another puck past Poulin the rest of the game. The goalie came up huge stopping a couple of prime chances in the last minute of the game.

The Canes return home for a game against Washington on Monday night. Who will be in goal? Stay tuned.

Game Notes:

  • The Canes outshot the Islanders 36 to 31. Sutter led the way with six and Justin Faulk was next with five.
  • The team only had six blocked shots for the game led by Jamie McBain with two. The Isles blocked 25 Carolina shots for the game.
  • Patrick Dwyer had a team high four hits. The team was credited with 25 for the game.
  • The Canes won 59% of their faceoffs: (Staal 59%, Sutter 50%, Skinner 75%, Jokinen 75%, Brent 0%)

Post game interviews at Canes PR.com.

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