Hurricanes score 4 in 3rd, rally past Isles 6-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 11, 2013 at 9:52 pm •  Published: February 11, 2013
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — 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.