- 16:21 NYI Mathew Barzal; Assists: Nick Leddy, Andrew Ladd
- 16:57 NYI Cal Clutterbuck; Unassisted
- 17:30 CAR Elias Lindholm; Assists: Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen
- 19:31 NYI Nick Leddy; Assists: Anders Lee, Josh Bailey
- 2:54 CAR Noah Hanifin; Assists: Jeff Skinner, Jordan Staal
- 11:19 CAR Derek Ryan; Assists: Brett Pesce, Brook McGinn
- 19:08 CAR Sebastian Aho; Assists: Jordan Staal, Teuvo Teravainen
- 7:22 NYI Josh Bailey; Assists: Mathew Barzal, Anders Lee
- 15:35 NYI Johnny Boychuk; Assists: Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas
- 18:42 NYI Jordan Eberle; Assist: Mathew Barzal
In a high scoring affair, the Islanders outlasted the Hurricanes for a 6-4 win.
The Isles jumped out to a first period 3-1 lead before going down 4-3 heading into the third period. A power play equalizing goal from Josh Bailey followed by a Johnny Boychuk winner sealed the victory for the Isles.
Next game: The Islanders travel to Tampa Bay to play the Lightning Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Islanders undid an abysmal second period with a fantastic closing stanza to get a big two points on their home ice against a team they always seem to struggle against.
After the Isles jumped out to a 3-1 lead, they looked completely lost in the second, as Carolina took full advantage of their opportunities and cashed in three consecutive goals to take an advantage into the second intermission. But credit the power play, especially Josh Bailey, who tied this one up in the third at four apiece, which acted as the turning point in this one.
A fantastic rush by Casey Cizikas set up the eventual game-winner from Johnny Boychuk. Cizikas darted down the near wall and into the Canes' zone before turning and setting up Boychuk, who rifled one home. Boychuk, who was a plus-5 on the night - the first Islander to achieve that feat since November of 2002 - was really at the top of this game tonight, and it was great to see.
Cal Clutterbuck was the first star of the evening, in part for his shorthanded, breakaway goal, and I thought it was fitting on the first night the PK knew it would be without Nikolay Kulemin for the rest of the year. Clutterbuck, John Tavares, and Anthony Beauviller all did their part picking up the slack in Kulemin's absence on the kill, and successfully killed off two of Carolina's three power-play chances.
It's a big test this weekend for New York, who goes to visit the NHL-best Lightning on Saturday, then finish their back-to-back in Carolina on Sunday. It won't be easy, but the Isles are legitimate contenders, and this is a great barometer to see how they stack up against the league's elite. Time to rise to the occasion.