NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Carolina|
(Tuesday, April 23rd)
Final Score: Carolina 4, NY Islanders 3 (SO)
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Riley Nash and Jeff Skinner both scored in the
first two rounds of the shootout to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-3 win
over the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
John Tavares tied the game with 1:01 left in regulation, but the Islanders
shooters couldn't beat Dan Ellis in the shootout.
Nash skated in from the right side in the first round and fired one past
Evgeni Nabokov for the first goal.
After Brad Boyes was denied, Skinner potted the deciding goal. He weaved back
and forth as he approached the net before firing the disc past Nabokov's
Despite the setback, New York clinched a berth in the upcoming Eastern
Conference playoffs following the Winnipeg Jets' 5-3 loss to the Washington
Capitals. The Islanders needed just one point and a regulation loss by the
Jets to clinch the spot.
"We got our game going, and we got contributions from everybody and started to
figure out what it takes to win," Tavares said, reflecting on the season. "And
you know we're happy to be there and give ourselves an opportunity to compete
in the playoffs. A lot of us haven't had that experience."
Alexander Semin scored 3:57 into the game, but Brad Boyes netted the equalizer
just over two minutes later.
Jordan Staal potted his 10th goal of the season with 3:40 remaining after
tipping in Jay Harrison's shot from the slot.
Kyle Okposo's shot bounced off Ellis, but Bailey was there to clean up the
miss and tie the game at 2-2 with 12 1/2 minutes remaining in the middle
Patrick Dwyer scored with 2:15 left in the second to give the Hurricanes a 3-2
"We're starting to find our identity, and that's important going into next
year," Ellis said. "For us to come up with big games against teams that are
going to be in our division next year, it was a great effort. We really
started to get our work boots on, play a smarter brand of hockey and we did
really well tonight and got a big win."
The Islanders haven't appeared in the playoffs since the 2006-2007 season ...
Ellis made 36 saves ... New York will visit the Philadelphia Flyers on
Thursday ... The Islanders hold a two-point edge over the Ottawa Senators and
New York Rangers for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference ... Carolina
will host the Rangers on Thursday.
04/23 23:29:00 ET