Tlusty Notches A Pair: Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3

Alex Semin, Eric Staal, and Jiri Tlusty celebrate a goal in the third period - Christopher Pasatieri

Carolina's first line has a big game as Tlusty scores twice, J. Staal nets his first, and Skinner shines again

The Carolina Hurricanes jumped out to a 3-0 lead and then held on to defeat the New York Islanders, 4-3 on Saturday night in New York.

Jiri Tlusty scored twice, the first two goals of the season for him, Jordan Staal scored his first goal, and Jeff Skinner added another.  Cam Ward made 22 saves on 25 shots to earn the win.

After a scoreless first period, Carolina took over the second.

Tlusty made it 1-0 just 1:05 into the period.  Eric Staal and Alexander Semin picked up the assists.

About five minutes later, Jordan Staal scored his first goal of the season during a powerplay opportunity.  Ryan Murphy fed Staal nicely to earn the assist, his fifth point in eight games this season.

Later in the period, Riley Nash did a nice job of keeping the puck in the Carolina zone and Skinner would break in on Evgeni Nabokov then beat him with a nifty backhander, making the score 3-0.

The Canes would take a penalty late in the period and the Islanders took advantage as Matt Moulson got the home team on the board with just over a minute left.

At 11:06 into the third period, Tlusty would make it 4-1 off of a perfect pass by Semin, but the Islanders were not yet finished.

The New Yorkers scored twice more to make things interesting and would put on a ton of pressure late in the game as Justin Faulk went to the box for a delay of game call, but the Canes held on to win their second in a row and pushed their record to 4-2-3.

The club will now have a few days off before traveling to Minnesota for a game on Thursday night.

Game Notes:

  • The Canes were called for five penalties and killed three of the five.  They scored once on three opportunities.
  • Tlusty had a team high four shots on goal.  Carolina had 23 shots for the game.  After an even first period, (7-7), the Canes outshot the home team 12-7 in the second but were outshot 11-4 in the third.
  • The team was credited with seven hits and Mike Komisarek had a team high two. The club had 16 blocked shots, again led by Komisarek with four.
  • Andrej Sekera had a team high 28:32 of ice time.
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