November 7, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Radek Dvorak (18) is congratulated by teammates after his 1st period goal against the New York Islanders at PNC Center. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Shutout The New York Islanders

The Carolina Hurricanes shutout the New York Islanders 1-0 on Thursday night. Justin Peters records his third career shut out and made 21 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes win their second straight game.

 

Scoring Summary 

The only scoring play tonight was the lone goal of the hockey game. Radek Dvorak deflects a Ron Hainsey wrist shot from the point past Kevin Poulin. The goal came at 6:39 of the first period.

No other goals were scored in this game.

 

Game Recap

The Carolina Hurricanes defensive effort was very good. They made it very difficult for the New York Islanders to get good zone entries through out the night, and that showed on the score board.

This may be the best defense we’ve ever seen the Hurricanes play consistently.

The Hurricanes offense is still not where it needs to be. The first line did play very well tonight. They got plenty of opportunities. Alex Semin just can’t score. It seems like he consistently comes inches from scoring. It looks like he will brake through sooner rather than later.

The Hurricanes continue to play all four lines. Every Hurricanes player had over 10 minutes of ice time, and Drayson Bowman was the only player below 11 minutes of ice time.

The Carolina Hurricanes showed that they can play with a lead tonight. The Hurricanes played with a lead for over 53 minutes tonight, and that is a very good sign for the Hurricanes.

Manny Malhotra and Radek Dvorak bring such a great thing to this team. Two savvy veterans who can play in all areas. You have to love the way these players play and think the game.

Justin Peters played very well. His first shutout of the season was deserved. He made some tough saves tonight, and the defense helped and bailed him out a lot.

Eric Staal played very well, I thought. He created offense and powered his way to the net. He really showed a lot of effort against the Islanders, and his line had a lot of good chances.

 

The Game By The Numbers

Jordan Staal won 100% of his faceoffs (4 of 4), Eric Staal won 77% (10 of 13)of his faceoffs, and Manny Malhotra won 59% (8 of 14) of his faceoffs. These three players made a significant difference tonight. They won faceoffs in all three zones, and that is a key for success.

The top defensive paring for the Carolina Hurricanes, Justin Faulk and Andrej Sekera, played absolutely great. One of their better games together, and that’s saying something considering how well they’ve played this season. They were numbers 1 and 2 in icetime leaders tonight. Justin Faulk played 23:56, and Andrej Sekera played 23:45.

Brett Bellemore led the game in penalty minutes. He had a good fight with Matt Martin to supply energy to the Hurricanes in the second period. Nathan Gerbe also got into a scrap with Travis Hamonic. He got 2 for roughing, but he drew a 4 minute roughing call against Travis Hamonic, which gave the Carolina Hurricanes a powerplay.

 

Final Word

The Carolina Hurricanes get a big win against the New York Islanders. Justin Peters played a very good game in the shutout win.

The Carolina Hurricanes will play the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night at home. This will be a great opportunity for the Hurricanes to extend this win streak on home ice. There will be a preview and recap of the game on Cardiac Cane.

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