UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) – Erik Cole snapped a tie 6:04 into the third period for the Carolina Hurricanes, who beat the New York Islanders 4-2 on Saturday night and moved within one point of eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Joe Corvo, Jussi Jokinen and Eric Staal also scored, and Cam Ward made 30 saves for the surging Hurricanes, who scored three goals in the third period. They have won seven of 10 to move one point behind the New York Rangers. Both teams have four games remaining.
Jesse Joensuu and John Tavares had Islanders goals. Al Montoya stopped 22 shots, but couldn’t protect New York’s 2-1 lead in the third period.
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