The New York Islanders somehow managed to beat the Carolina Hurricanes in a sloppy 6-4 win at the Barclays Center.
The final score indicates a pretty nice victory for the New York Islanders over the Carolina Hurricanes. Although, the full story of the entire 60 minutes portrays a roller coaster ride for this Islander team. It was a night of ups and downs, with flaws on full display.
The first period was an overall good start for the Islanders. Through 16 minutes there was no score and both teams couldn’t get anything going with the puck. Mathew Barzal broke the scoreless tie with his fourth of the season.
He went coast to coast, something he has proven to be a strength of his and was able to finish beating Scott Darling.
Mathew Barzal panning out has been one of the best things to happen to the Isles in a while. This kid is something else.
Not even a minute later Cal Clutterbuck netted a shorthanded goal to give the Isles a 2-0 lead over Carolina. It was Clutter’s third goal of the season and it came unassisted on the breakaway.
That two-goal lead lasted all but 33 seconds. Elias Lindholm found the back of the net to make it a one-goal game. Right before heading into the first intermission, Nick Leddy scored his fourth of the year to give the Isles a 3-1 lead after one period of play.
The second period wasn’t so kind to the Islanders. The Hurricanes scored three unanswered goals by Hanifin, Ryan, and Aho to give the Hurricanes a 4-3 lead. After locking completely dominant in the first period, the momentum was totally lost switching over to Carolina.
I’m not sure what Doug Weight said or did, in the locker room but whatever he did it worked out. Josh Bailey scored on the power play to tie up the game once again.
Then with just under five minutes to go Johnny Boychuk gave the Islanders the lead with a signature looking Boychuk goal.
Boychuk was able to pinch in and show off that monstrous right-handed shot. Jordan Eberle added an empty-net goal, his seventh of the year to ice the 6-4 victory.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Islanders held on to win. The next time the Islanders play is on Saturday in Tampa Bay before heading to Carolina the following day.