Blog: Islanders hold off Canes' comeback, 5-4

Posted March 25, 2014

Drayson Bowman (21) fires a shot during action at the PNC Arena between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers on March 7, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. (Will Bratton/WRAL contributor)

Final: Canes 4, Islanders 5: The New York Islanders defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-4, Tuesday at PNC Arena as the Canes failed to come back after a 4-0 deficit. Colin McDonald and Matt Martin each scored twice for the Islanders as the Islanders have their first win over the Canes this season.

End of 2nd: Canes 4, Islanders 5: We saw three goals in the second period as the Islanders are still leading the Canes 5-4. Alexander Semin and Nathan Gerbe scored for the Canes both assisted by Jordan Staal. The Islanders' goal came from Matt Martin as he scored his second of the night. 

2:41 2nd: Canes 4, Islanders 5: Nathan Gerbe scores his sixteenth of the season only 22 seconds after Martin scored for the Islanders. New York leads the Canes 5-4 late in the second period.

3:03 2nd: Canes 3, Islanders 5: Matt Martin gives the Islanders a 5-3 lead over the Canes with his second goal of the night.

7:18 2nd: Canes 3, Islanders 4: The Hurricanes are within one as Alexander Semin scores a power play goal. It's the second power play goal out of two power play opportunities for the Canes. Semin's twenty second goal of the season was assisted by Jordan Staal and John Michael Liles.

End of 1st: Canes 2, Islanders 4: The Islanders took an early lead over the Canes as they score three times in three minutes with two goals from Colin McDonald. The Canes switched goalies as Anton Khudobin replaced Cam ward, but the Islanders made a fourth goal only 4 minutes later. Andrei Loktionov is leading the Canes' comeback with an assist on Jeff Skinner's goal and a goal to make it a 2 goal deficit at the first intermission.

The New York Islanders have nine rookies in their line-up but started strong as they out-shot the Canes 10-0 after 11 minutes. The Canes started slow for the third game in a row, but managed to score a power play goal and score 2 times out of 9 shots on goal. 

Anton Khudobin faced five shots and let through one of them as Cam Ward faced 9 and only saved 6. 

The Canes won 20 out of 27 face-offs but the Islanders scored twice after a lost face-off.

4:54 1st: Canes 2, Islanders 4: Andrei Loktionov with his second goal as a Carolina Hurricanes player and his sixth of the season. The Canes take over the game and come back, but the Islanders are still up two goals in the first period. 

7:20 1st: Canes 1, Islanders 4: The Hurricanes are on the scoreboard as Jeff Skinner scores a power play goal. The Canes still have a 3 goal deficit over the Islanders. Riley Nash and Andrei Loktionov get the assist for Skinner's twenty seventh goal of the season. 

9:06 1st: Canes 0, Islanders 4: Midway through the first period, the Canes are facing a 4-0 deficit as Anton Khudobin fails to do better than Cam Ward. Matt Martin scores his sixth goal of the season for the Islanders. 

13:48 1st: Canes 0, Islanders 3: The Islanders take an early 3-0 lead over the Canes as Colin McDonald scores his second goal of the night after a bad defensive play from Eric Staal and Justin Faulk. The Canes switch goalies as Cam Ward faced 10 shots and was passed three times. Anton Khudobin takes his place in the net. 

14:34 1st: Canes 0, Islanders 2: Another lost face-off causes a new Islanders' goal as the Hurricanes have a slow start. Cal Clutterbuck is the player who beats Cam Ward and gives the Islanders a 2-0 lead over the Canes.

16:21 1st: Canes 0, Islanders 1: Eric Stael lost the face-off as the New York Islanders take the lead over the Hurricanes as Colin McDonald scores his seventeenth goal of the season. The Islanders score early in the first period as they already had 6 shots on goal as the Canes have 0.

20:00 1st: Canes 0, Islanders 0: Cam Ward gets his second start in a row after he made 33 stops in the Canes' 3-2 win over Winnipeg. Ward had amazing saves against the Jets to give the Canes the win. The Canes can win for the third consecutive time at home as they face the Islanders for the fourth time this season. 


The Carolina Hurricanes will try to ride their recent dominance of the New York Islanders to a season series sweep when the Metropolitan Division foes meet Tuesday at Raleigh's PNC Arena.

Sitting nine points out of a playoff spot with only 11 games left on its schedule, Carolina appears to be headed for its fifth straight year out of the postseason.

Still, the Hurricanes hope to finish strong and Tuesday's encounter with the Islanders offers a good chance to pick up a win. Carolina is 3-0 against New York in 2013-14 and will try to complete the season series with a seventh consecutive win in this matchup.

The Hurricanes, who are 17-14-5 at PNC Arena this season, have won two straight and five of their last seven home meetings versus the Isles.

Carolina has won two of its last three games and is coming off Saturday's victory in Winnipeg. Cam Ward carried the Hurricanes to that win, making 33 stops, including two spectacular stick saves, to help Carolina hold on for the 3-2 regulation decision.

Ward came up big for the 'Canes in a scoreless opening stanza. Winnipeg's Bryan Little had a wide-open net, but Ward dove and threw out his stick to rob the Winnipeg forward and keep it scoreless. Ward made another great save with his stick to stop Eric O'Dell's wrap-around attempt.

"They came out strong in the first ten minutes and it was important to make some big saves to settle our guys down," Ward said. "We had a really strong second period and the third period was just up for grabs."

Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, and Riley Nash all scored for Carolina and Andrej Sekera supplied two assists in the win.

The Islanders, who are eight points behind Carolina in the East, also have won two of their last three games and are coming off Sunday's home win over Columbus. Evgeni Nabokov led New York to the 2-0 win, making 41 saves for his third shutout of the season.

Nabokov stopped 33 shots over the final two periods to secure the victory for the Islanders, who went 2-2-0 on a four-game homestand. Cal Clutterbuck and Travis Hamonic lit the lamp and New York killed off all six of Columbus' power-play opportunities.

"Your goaltender is obviously your best penalty killer," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "He made some big saves for us. We mismanaged the puck in the neutral zone a few times ... but he was there for us."

The Islanders are beginning a brief two-game swing tonight and are 16-17-1 as the road team this season. New York will close the trip Thursday at Tampa Bay.


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  • JPack Mar 25, 2014

    Not getting into the whole goalie thing. I am however fed up with this defense. Regardless of how bad either goalie played, the defense has got to do a better job of keeping the offense from launching so many shots with such ease. This was the islanders, not a Stanley cup team! Ridiculous!

  • JPack Mar 25, 2014

    "The Carolina Hurricanes will try to ride their recent dominance of the New York Islanders"
    Suddenly I realize all we have left to brag about is beating teams like the islanders, jets, and the oilers, with the occasional surprise against the panthers. THAT is dragging the bottom of the barrel!

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