The Islanders could clinch a playoff spot tonight, with a little bit of help from the Washington Capitals. If the Capitals win and the Islanders win in regulation, overtime, or shootout they would capture a spot int the postseason.
New York enters tonight’s game with a 8-0-2 in their last 10 games. However, Carolina is the only team in the Eastern Conference that they have not beat this season. Last time, the Hurricanes defeated the Isles 4-2 on February 24 at the Nassau Coliseum.
Here is tonight’s Islander lineup:
Islanders Starters: Moulson-Tavare-Boyes. Hamonic and MacDonald start on defense.
First Period: After a strong start the Islanders finished off the period in a less than impressive way. Despite allowing Carolina to score first, the Islanders answered back relatively quickly, as Brad Boyes deflected a shot pas Dan Ellis to tie the game up at one. But after that the Hurricanes seemed to pick up steam. The Isles were held without a shot on a power play less than two minutes after the tying goal. New York did not look themselves after, providing some poor passes and sloppy play. It allowed the Hurricanes a lot of time in the offensive zone and eventually what led to the go ahead goal by Jordan Staal at 16:20. The Isles picked up a little steam towards the end of the first, but nothing came of it. The period ended with the Canes in front 2-1, though the Isles did out shoot them in the first 11-10.
Second Period: The Islanders may have ended the period with an offensive surge, but for a better part of the second they continued to make mistakes. They did manage to tie the game up early in the period. Josh Bailey scored off the rebound after Kyle Okposo drove to the net and had his shot turned away. But the Islanders poor passing and mental mistakes continued to persist in the period, and eventually the Hurricanes capitalized at 17:45 mark to go ahead 3-2. That’s how period ended, however the Islanders did outshoot Carolina, again, 14-10.
Final: Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3 (SO)