The Recap: Three goals in the second period and one in the third did the Islanders in.
Jiri Tlusty gave the Hurricanes the lead 1:05 into the second period off a rebound shot that beat Evgeni Nabokov. Five minutes later Jordan Staal made it 2-0 Carolina. Staal was on the receiving end of a cross-ice pass from Ryan Murphy. It became a three goal lead at 13:37 when Jeff Skinner capitalized on an Islander blunder in their own zone.
Matt Moulson registered the first Islander goal at 18:53 of the second period during a man-advantage, But Tlusty registered his second goal of the game at 11:06 of the third to make it 4-1 Carolina.
The Islanders picked up their pace, after a rough two periods, and Frans Nielsen brought the Isles within two at 13:19 on the power play. With 1:01 left to play, Kyle Okposo cut the Carolina lead to one, but the Isles could not find the equalizer and fell 4-3.
There was not much “good” from the Isles 4-3 loss to Carolina. They were lucky that Evgni Nabokov was not injured after getting run into by Matt Carkner in the second period.
The Islanders also did eventually battle back into the game after having two rough periods. To come within one goal after being down for the entire game is something….
After the Islanders had one of their most complete performances on Thursday night, Saturday was one of their worst. The first two periods were sloppy ones for the Isles. The power play struggled in the first period and they failed to convert on several empty net chances.
Defensively the Islanders took a hit when Lubomir Visnovsky left the game with a concussion in the first period. He will be evaluated tomorrow, but his loss was felt on the ice tonight. Several defensive miscues, including one by Matt Carkner, hurt the team. The most blaring one by Carkner came in the third period on the Tlusty goal, when Carkner got caught behind the play allowing an odd man rush for the Hurricanes.
Carkner’s performance Saturday night left much to be desired and could lead to Donovan being put back into the lineup for Tuesday.
The overall effort was a disappointing one, especially after it seemed the team had improved during Thursday night’s win over Edmonton. For two periods the battle level was not where it should have been from New York and Carolina made them pay in the second period.
Next Game: Tuesday, October 22, Vs. Vancouver Canucks