The Staal brothers combined for a pair of goals, and Bobby Sanguinetti scored the first of his career, as the Hurricanes came from behind to beat the Islanders 4-2.
The Islanders’ top line once again came through, logging heavy minutes and scoring two goals — one by Matt Moulson, the other by John Tavares — but it was to no avail. Though they held the Hurricanes to four shots in the second period, half of Carolina’s shots managed to get by Kevin Poulin, including a power-play goal (Eric Staal). When the Islanders did manage to get shots to the net, Cam Ward was equal to the task, finishing with 23 saves. Poulin, making his season debut, stopped 24 shots, got caught on a bad bounce to tie the game, and watched his team surrender yet another empty net goal, this time by Alex Semin. (You’d think after five of them that Jack Capuano would learn not to pull his goalie, but… afraid not.)
You would also think, given the fact that Casey Cizikas and Colin McDonald have combined for a couple of key goals in the past few games, that each of them would be getting a bit more than eight minutes per game, but I guess that isn’t the case either. As usual, Tavares and Moulson carried the bulk of the Isles’ minutes, with 21:07 and 19:33 respectively. But Capuano cannot rely on just these guys to carry the load. That seems to be the Isles’ offensive strategy at the moment, and it’s not working.
Same thing with Mark Streit — the guy’s getting 25 minutes a game, and captain or not, he needs less time to be effective. He’s 35 years old, and the Isles have younger defenseman to help pick up the slack. Streit finished with 25:08 TOI and a -1, with no shots. Last night, at around 23 minutes, he had two points and three shots on goal.
Overall, this is a sucker of a loss, and the Isles’ sixth loss of seven so far on home ice. They do it again on Tuesday night against Boston, who haven’t lost in a week and a half… hahahahaha. Joy. Until next time.