Hurricanes 6, Islanders 4

This one had the look of another frustrating Carolina Hurricanes
loss to the New York Islanders.

Then the third period came, and everything changed.

Alexander Semin netted his 200th NHL goal, and Jiri Tlusty
scored twice and had two assists in the decisive final frame for
the Hurricanes, who overcame three deficits and a poor night of
penalty-killing to send the Islanders to their fifth straight loss,
6-4 on Monday.

Carolina was still smarting from a 0-4 mark against the
Islanders last season. New York seemed in line to get back to its
winning ways, but it wasn’t to be.

”We controlled the play well down low. We were smart with our
decisions,” said Hurricanes captain Eric Staal, who extended his
point streak to eight games with a goal and assist in the third.
”This was a good test for us, and we owed them from last season.
This one felt very good.”

Not so much for the Islanders, who finally figured out their
power-play woes with four man-advantage goals, but generated no
offense at even strength. After a 4-2-1 start, New York is 4-7-1
and 1-5 at home.

”We’re the type of team that needs all 20 guys, and I don’t
think we got that tonight,” coach Jack Capuano said. ”We’ve got
to find a way 5-on-5 to generate some offense. Our power play was
good, but it’s not going to be there every day.”

Semin got help on his milestone goal as his shot from the
right-wing boards hit the helmet of Islanders defenseman Travis
Hamonic and caromed off the post past goalie Rick DiPietro at 5:33
of the third period.

Carolina tied it 3-3 just 30 seconds into the third when Semin
fed a pass to Tlusty for his first goal. Eric Staal scored at 9:09
to make it 5-3, and Tlusty added an empty-netter with 10.3 seconds
remaining to give him a four-point night.

”I felt lucky to be scoring because many guys played well,”
Tlusty said. ”It doesn’t matter who gets the goals as long as we
win. We definitely owed them from last year and we talked about
that coming in.”

Former Islander Tim Wallace and Jeff Skinner also had goals for
the Hurricanes, who are 3-1-1 on a trip that ends Tuesday at New
Jersey. Cam Ward made 24 saves.

DiPietro made just his second start of the season for New York
and was in line for his first win since December 2011 before things
fell apart.

Frans Nielsen, John Tavares and Matt Moulson all gave New York
leads it couldn’t hold. DiPietro finished with 25 saves, but heard
derisive chants and sarcastic cheers when he made stops in the
third. It was the first appearance in a home game for the
oft-injured goalie, who has lost his starting job to Evgeni
Nabokov, since Nov. 23, 2011.

Moulson brought the Islanders within 5-4 by netting his second
power-play goal of the game with 8:28 left. New York scored on its
first four advantages after a 0-for-22 drought the previous four
games. The run ended soon after when the Islanders couldn’t produce
the tying goal on chance No. 5.

”The harder you work, the luckier you get,” Capuano said.
”You can’t get frustrated. You can’t get down on one another.
We’ve got a good bunch of guys. Adversity is something that you go
through in life, and right now we’re going through it.”

Tavares cashed in New York’s second power-play goal when he
flipped a shot over Ward at 5:23 of the second period for his
seventh goal.

Before the goal announcement could be completed, the Hurricanes
tied it again. Skinner matched Tavares’ goal total when Jordan
Staal found him in the slot for a shot that beat DiPietro between
the pads at 5:52.

But then the Islanders’ suddenly potent power play clicked for
the third time. Brad Boyes fed a cross-zone pass to Moulson, who
was alone near the right post. He went down to a knee and pumped a
shot past Ward at 7:46 for his fifth goal, but first at home.

New York survived three trips to the penalty box in the second
period, including two in the opening 1:18.

Nielsen opened the scoring off a crisp feed in front by Josh
Bailey, who recorded his first assist of the season in his second
game. Bailey quickly moved the puck from the boards in front to
Nielsen, who slid a shot past Ward at 2:48 of the first.

That was the first man-advantage tally against Carolina in four
games following 11 straight kills.

Ward was otherwise strong in the period in making 11 saves.
Carolina generated only six shots at the other end, but got one to
pinball off sticks and a skate to get even.

Jamie McBain fired a drive from the top of the right circle that
hit Islanders forward David Ullstrom in the circle on its way to
the net. The puck then struck Wallace’s skate and was redirected
into the net for his first of the season at 13:42. A brief video
review was held before the goal was confirmed.

”There were some crazy bounces,” DiPietro said.

NOTES: The last time the Hurricanes allowed four power-play
goals and won was Oct. 28, 2005, against Philadelphia. New York
hadn’t scored four power-play goals and lost since Oct. 14, 1978 –
10-7 at Toronto. … The Islanders are 4-2-1 when they score a
power-play goal. … Nabokov had started seven straight games. …
McBain was a healthy scratch in Carolina’s loss at Philadelphia on
Saturday. … Wallace’s past two goals have been scored against the
Islanders. … Lubomir Visnovsky earned an assist on Moulson’s
second goal for his first point with the Islanders in his second
game.