UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Bobby Sanguinetti waited quite a while for his first NHL goal, that came at a perfect time for the Carolina Hurricanes.
The 24-year-old defenseman snapped a tie midway through the third period, and the Hurricanes rallied to beat the inconsistent New York Islanders 4-2 and snap a three-game losing streak Sunday night.
Sanguinetti, a first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers in 2006, fired a snap shot from the top of the right circle over the glove hand of goalie Kevin Poulin at 10:17.
Sanguinetti, who has battled injuries throughout his career, had just one assist in 20 NHL games before Sunday. He has played most of the past three seasons with AHL Charlotte.
"That was a feeling I can't even describe right now," said Sanguinetti as he tucked the puck into his red Hurricanes equipment bag. "To finally score in the NHL and have it be a game winner is incredible. And I'm glad I scored it in New York."
The Hurricanes are happy, too, as their injury-hampered squad was able to win for the second time on Long Island in 13 days. Carolina was without injured defenseman Joni Pitkanen and Tim Gleason as well as Jeff Skinner, their second-leading scorer who is out with a concussion.
"This was a good win because we didn't quit and played a solid third period," Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. "I feel great for Bobby because tonight was his strongest game for us yet. He's a good skilled player who moves the puck well, and he was solid on both ends of the ice."
Alexander Semin completed the scoring with an empty-net goal with 30 seconds left. He also had two assists.
John Tavares and Matt Moulson had given the Islanders a 2-0 lead midway through the first period, and New York seemed on its way to a third straight victory.
But Eric and Jordan Staal scored 45 seconds apart late in the second period to tie it at 2.
The Hurricanes (9-7-1) had only two shots on goal through most of a listless second period, before Eric Staal scored his team-leading ninth goal on a power play at 18:28.
The Carolina captain knocked the puck out of midair with his stick past Poulin, who was making his first start of the season after being recalled from AHL Bridgeport on Saturday.