National Hockey League
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Carolina Hurricanes
ML: CAR +107
NY Islanders Islanders
ML: NYI -118
Goalie Performance
Cam Ward
#30 G Cam Ward
Thomas Greiss
#1 G Thomas Greiss
0.852 SV% 23 SV
0.800 SV% 16 SV
Scoring Leaders
Jaccob Slavin
#74 D Jaccob Slavin Goals Assists 3 1
Jeff Skinner
#53 LW Jeff Skinner Goals Assists 2 0
Justin Faulk
#27 D Justin Faulk Goals Assists 2 0
Joshua Ho-Sang
#66 RW Joshua Ho-Sang Goals Assists 1 1
Thomas Hickey
#14 D Thomas Hickey Goals Assists 0 2
Ryan Strome
#18 RW Ryan Strome Goals Assists 1 0

NEW YORK -- The Hurricanes might win the Stanley Cup if they could figure out how to play against everyone the way they play against the Islanders, while a handful of losses to Carolina might keep New York out of the playoffs.

Carolina continued its mastery of the Islanders on Monday night, when defenseman Jaccob Slavin collected the first hat trick of his NHL career and Justin Faulk and Jeff Skinner each scored twice in a wild 8-4 win at Barclays Center.

The Hurricanes entered Monday with the fourth-fewest goals in the NHL, and they have scored more than four goals just six times in 30 games since New Year's Day. However, Carolina produced three of those efforts in three wins over the Islanders, previously beating New York 7-4 on Jan. 14 and 5-4 in overtime on Feb. 4.

"I wish I knew, and I wish I could bottle that and use it," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said with a grin when asked what the secret was against the Islanders. "You'd love to be able to score more. We've had our challenges offensively, but for whatever reason against the Islanders, we've been able to score."

The good news for the Hurricanes is they don't have to wait long to take on the Islanders again: The teams square off Tuesday night in Carolina.

"We've got to find a way to win, so whatever it's going to take to get a win tomorrow," Peters said. "I don't think there's going to be 12 goals (Tuesday). But if there is, let's make sure we're on the right side of the ledger."

The inability of the Islanders (32-25-11) to end up on the right side against the non-contending Hurricanes (28-27-11) is becoming problematic. Carolina is in 14th place in the Eastern Conference and nine points out of a playoff spot.

With a win Monday, New York -- which was in last place in the Eastern Conference when coach Jack Capuano was fired Jan. 17 -- would have moved past the idle Toronto Maple Leafs into sole possession of the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

Aside from the Hurricanes, New York is winless against just two other Eastern Conference foes -- the Ottawa Senators (0-2-0), who are in second place in the Atlantic Division, and the Tampa Bay Lightning (0-3-0), who moved into a tie with the Islanders for ninth place in the East by beating the New York Rangers 3-2 on Monday night.

"We just made tomorrow the biggest game of the year," Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight said. "For all intents and purposes, it's going to dictate a lot of what's going to happen the next month. We've got to win."

The Islanders actually held a pair of early leads Monday. Ryan Strome scored the game's first goal just before the midway point of the first period. Slavin and Carolina's Joakim Nordstrom scored in a 36-second span later in the first before Stephen Gionta tied the score for New York with a goal at 17:32.

Defenseman Calvin De Haan gave the Islanders a 3-2 lead by scoring 2:43 into the second. However, the Hurricanes scored four goals -- two by Faulk and one apiece by Skinner and Slavin -- in a span of just 4:54 against beleaguered New York goalies Jean-Francois Berube and Thomas Greiss.

Berube, making his first start since Feb. 18, was pulled with the score 4-3 before Greiss gave up goals on the first two shots he faced. Weight said the loss was a team effort and not solely the fault of the goalies.

"There's no hiding from this one, that's for sure," Weight said.

Islanders rookie Josh Ho-Sang scored with 6:10 left in the second to pull New York within one, but Skinner scored on a penalty shot 3:43 into the third and Slavin finished off his hat trick with 9:03 remaining.

"Feels pretty good, obviously," Slavin said. "It's nice to score some goals. They don't come by a lot for myself."

Slavin entered the game with just two goals this season and four in his two-year career.

"Maybe mini-mites," he said with a grin when asked when he last scored a hat trick.

Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward recorded 23 saves. Berube made nine saves before Greiss allowed four goals on 20 shots.

NOTES: The Hurricanes scored at least eight goals for the eighth time since the franchise moved from Hartford following the 1996-97 season. ... The Islanders scratched D Johnny Boychuk (lower body), C Shane Prince (leg), C Alan Quine (upper body) and D Scott Mayfield. ... The home game was the first for the Islanders in 23 days. New York went 5-3-1 on a franchise-record nine-game road trip that ended Saturday. ... The Hurricanes scratched LW Phil Di Giuseppe (upper body), D Brock McGinn (upper body), LW Valentin Zykov (upper body) and D Ryan Murphy.
Top Game Performances
Carolina   NY Islanders
Jaccob Slavin 4 Points Joshua Ho-Sang 2
Jaccob Slavin 3 Goals Joshua Ho-Sang 1
Noah Hanifin 2 Assists Thomas Hickey 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
Jaccob Slavin 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Cam Ward .852 Save Percentage Thomas Greiss .800
Cam Ward 23 Saves Thomas Greiss 16
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Carolina 33 8 0-2 2-2 6 30
NY Islanders 27 4 0-2 2-2 6 24
Upcoming Games
  • NY Islanders will play their next game on the road against Carolina. The Islanders have a W/L % of .438 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play their next game at home against NY Islanders. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .370 after a win and .447 after a loss.