New York, NY - On a snowy day on Long Island, the New York Islanders (15-27-7) fell to the Carolina Hurricanes (25-19-6) in NHL action on Wednesday night. Leading the way for Carolina offense was captain Eric Staal who had two goals and one assist.
Carolina would strike for their first goal at the 14:43 mark as Zach Boychuk (4) netted a 22 foot writer,, which was assisted by Eric Staal (27) and Erik Cole (14) for the 1-0 Hurricanes lead. New York would seem flat in front on of an announced crowd of 4,976 at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders would find life in the second period of play as at the 0:31 mark Michael Grabner (15) recorded a sweet nine foot backhanded shoot, on a beautiful pass from Frans Nielsen (16) and Andrew MacDonald (16) to make the score 1-1. Grabner has continued to impress for the Islanders as he now has eight points in eight games, as well as being the lone rookie representative on the All-Star team.
New York would show that they would not back down this game without a fight in the literal sense as at the 4:07 mark Zenon Konopka and Troy Bodie drop gloves in that frame. Both combatants exchanged some bombs, and were eventually separated by the officials.
Carolina would wind up with the offensive momentum though at the 5:55 mark as the captain Eric Staal (24) had a 10 foot snap shot, which was assisted by Erik Cole (15), as the Hurricanes would regain the 2-1 lead. Staal (25) would strike for his second goal at the 7:23 mark on a wicked 67 foot slap shot, which was assisted by Joe Corvo (19) and Tim Gleason (10) to make the score 3-1.
Then in what would be a somewhat familiar site at the Coliseum it would be a Sutter scoring on Islanders ice as Brandon Sutter (11) the son of legendary Brent Sutter would strike, but this time for the visitors’ Sutter would net a top-shelf 12 foot backhander, which was set up by Jiri Tlusty (3) and Jussi Jokinen (26) at the 15:05 mark of the third period for the 4-1 Carolina lead.
New York would cut into that lead at the 18:39 mark of that frame as Andrew MacDonald (1) recorded a 43 foot snap shot for his first goal of the season to cut the Carolina lead to 4-2. MacDonald‘s first goal of the season was assisted by Michael Grabner (6). Sadly though for the fans in attendance the Islanders could not record any more shots as they fell to the Hurricanes by the score of 4-2.
In the cage Rick DiPietro finished the night with 27 saves in the cage for the Islanders, while Cam Ward had 23 saves in an impressive showing for the Hurricanes.
The Islanders like the rest of the NHL will now break for the All-Star game, held in Raleigh, North Carolina over the weekend. New York will go on a two game road trip starting in Atlanta on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 for a 7:00 p.m. face-off with the Thrashers.