Allan Kreda, a reporter for the Associated Press, wrote this.
In Saturday night’s game, the Carolina Hurricanes made an impressive comeback from a three-goal deficit to defeat the New York Islanders 4-3 in overtime, with Sebastian Aho scoring the game-winning goal just 1:14 into the extra period.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi recorded one goal and one assist, while Jalen Chatfield and Dmitry Orlov each added a goal for Carolina. Andrei Svechnikov contributed two assists. The team has won four out of their last five games. Antti Raanta made 22 saves.
Aho was able to score during overtime, right after Raanta blocked Ryan Pulock’s close-range shot.
“I was fortunate enough to score during our one opportunity in overtime,” Aho stated. “Thankfully, it was successful.”
Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist, and Noah Dobson and Simon Holmstrom also scored for the Islanders, who are 3-0-2 in their last five games. Bo Horvat had two assists, and Ilya Sorokin finished with 43 saves.
Coach Lane Lambert of the Islanders stated that their opponents came on strong in the third period and his team did not make enough successful plays. He also mentioned that they made some turnovers which allowed their opponents to keep coming back.
At 2:20 remaining in the opening period, Dobson scored the first goal of the game while both teams had four players on the ice. The defender approached Raanta and used a backhand shot to score his third goal of the season. Dobson currently has the most points on the Islanders with a total of 10 (three goals and seven assists).
At 4:11 of the second period, Holmstrom scored a short-handed goal, assisted by Jean-Gabriel Pageau, bringing the score to 2-0. This was Holmstrom’s third goal.
At 7:46, Barzal scored his second goal of the season, increasing the lead to 3-0. His shot from the right wing, which was aimed high, went past Raanta.
After that, the Carolina team dominated with a total of 32 shots fired at Sorokin during the last two periods.
Chatfield scored his first goal of the season just 32 seconds after Barzal’s goal, at 8:18 of the second period.
Chatfield stated that we were successful in our strategy of shooting pucks towards the net during the game.
Orlov narrowed the gap to 3-2 with 7:41 remaining in the third when his shot eluded Sorokin for his first with Carolina after signing as a free agent in the offseason.
Orlov stated that the game went well and they were able to take advantage of some opportunities. He emphasized the importance of winning against a division rival.
Kotkaniemi evened the score during a power play with only 4:34 remaining, netting his fifth goal from a close range just as Scott Mayfield’s hooking penalty was about to end.
The Islanders have recorded points in their last five consecutive games, which includes two victories without allowing the opposing team to score while playing away. However, they have failed to maintain multi-goal leads in their last three home games, narrowly defeating Ottawa 3-2 on October 26 and losing to Detroit 4-3 in overtime this past Monday.
Lambert expressed concern that this is not a positive pattern and stated that it will not lead to success.
On Tuesday evening, the Hurricanes will be playing against Buffalo.
The Islanders will be hosting Minnesota on Tuesday evening.
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