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Hurricanes rally to beat Islanders

Mar 21, 2009 - 3:14 AM
RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes didn't need a pep talk from Paul Maurice heading into the third period against the New York Islanders on Friday night.

The Eastern Conference standings are prominent in the locker room, and that was all the motivation the Hurricanes needed to rally for a 5-4 victory, their seventh in a row at home.

The last-place Islanders stunned the Hurricanes with four second-period goals, threatening to steal a game and provide a major roadblock to the Hurricanes' drive for the playoffs.

But Matt Cullen and Chad LaRose scored third-period goals and Carolina hung on despite being thoroughly outworked for much of the game.

The Hurricanes had a 2-0 lead after one period on goals by Cullen and LaRose, but New York had numerous scoring chances. In the second period, the Isles capitalized on those chances, scoring four times despite being stopped on two other breakaway chances by goalie Cam Ward.

"Yeah, we sat back on our heels," LaRose said. "Even in the first period, they got a lot of scoring chances. We were a little upset with ourselves after the second period. We did not play well in the second, and it showed. You know, we just didn't want to come in here with any regrets after the game."

Instead of regret, there were smiles. The victory vaulted the Hurricanes into sixth in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the New York Rangers and two ahead of Montreal.

On a whiteboard next to the standings in the locker room, Maurice scribbled a postgame message to his team: "Good teams find a way to win."

But Ray Whitney, who had three assists for the Hurricanes, said the only message needed came from the columns of wins and losses. Carolina won the Stanley Cup in 2006 but has missed the playoffs the past two seasons.

"We just look at the board over there and realize where we are," Whitney said.

Frans Nielsen started the second-period surge for the Islanders, taking a loose puck off Ward's pads and scoring at 2:30. Richard Park, Bruno Gervais and Kyle Okposo added goals.

"I think it shows we have a lot of potential and we can score goals," winger Tim Jackman said. "When we're doing the right things, good things happen."

Tuomo Ruutu scored in the final minute of the second period for Carolina, which has not lost at home since February 17.

"That was huge," Maurice said of Ruutu's goal.

Cullen tied it with 6:38 remaining, tipping in Rod Brind'Amour's shot on a power play. Then, after a diving clear by defenseman Joe Corvo, Whitney fed LaRose, who beat Peter Mannino with 4:21 to go.

The Hurricanes, 6-1-2 in March, try to continue their hot streak Saturday against visiting Washington, the Southeast Division leader. Whitney said the effort must be more consistent than it was Friday.

"If we learned anything, it was that we can't take a lapse for 10, 15 minutes in a game," Whitney said. "If we do that against Washington, it's not 4-2, it's 6-2. This gave us a little bit of humbling. We realized we're only as good as how hard we work."






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    NY ISLANDERS 0 4 0 4
    CAROLINA 2 1 2 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - MATT CULLEN 21 (RAY WHITNEY, JOE CORVO) 0:44
    CAR - CHAD LAROSE 15 (MATT CULLEN, RAY WHITNEY) 18:52
    2ND PRD: NYI - FRANS NIELSEN 6 (KYLE OKPOSO, BRENDAN WITT) 2:30
    NYI - RICHARD PARK 12 (TIM JACKMAN, DEAN MCAMMON

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    NY ISLANDERS 4
    CAROLINA 5
    3RD PRD: CAR - CHAD LAROSE 16 (RAY WHITNEY, JOE CORVO) 15:39

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    NY ISLANDERS 4
    CAROLINA 4
    3RD PRD: CAR - (PP) MATT CULLEN 22 (ROD BRIND'AMOUR, JOE CORVO) 13:22

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    NY ISLANDERS 0 4 4
    CAROLINA 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - MATT CULLEN 21 (RAY WHITNEY, JOE CORVO) 0:44
    CAR - CHAD LAROSE 15 (MATT CULLEN, RAY WHITNEY) 18:52
    2ND PRD: NYI - FRANS NIELSEN 6 (KYLE OKPOSO, BRENDAN WITT) 2:30
    NYI - RICHARD PARK 12 (TIM JACKMAN,

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    NY ISLANDERS 4
    CAROLINA 3
    2ND PRD: CAR - TUOMO RUUTU 22 (ERIK COLE) 19:06

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    NY ISLANDERS 4
    CAROLINA 2
    2ND PRD: NYI - (PP) MARK STREIT 16 (FRANS NIELSEN, BLAKE COMEAU) 18:57

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    NY ISLANDERS 3
    CAROLINA 2
    2ND PRD: NYI - BRUNO GERVAIS 2 (ANDY HILBERT, TIM JACKMAN) 14:51

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    NY ISLANDERS 2
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    2ND PRD: NYI - RICHARD PARK 12 (TIM JACKMAN, DEAN MCAMMOND) 5:54

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    NY ISLANDERS 1
    CAROLINA 2
    2ND PRD: NYI - FRANS NIELSEN 6 (KYLE OKPOSO, BRENDAN WITT) 2:30

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    NY ISLANDERS 0 0
    CAROLINA 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - MATT CULLEN 21 (RAY WHITNEY, JOE CORVO) 0:44
    CAR - CHAD LAROSE 15 (MATT CULLEN, RAY WHITNEY) 18:52
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    CAROLINA 1
    1ST PRD: CAR - MATT CULLEN 21 (RAY WHITNEY, JOE CORVO) 0:44

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