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RALEIGH, N.C. - Right wing Radek Dvorak scored in the first period and goalie Justin Peters made the goal stand up as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Islanders 1-0 on Thursday night at PNC Arena.

It was the first shutout of the season for the Hurricanes. Peters made 21 saves for his third career shutout.

The Islanders had scored at least two goals in each of their first 15 games of the season. They managed only one shot on goal during a third-period power play.

Both teams have 6-7-3 records. Carolina has wins in back-to-back games for only the second time this season.

Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin made 23 saves.

Peters has played in seven consecutive games. He began the season third on the depth chart, playing in the American Hockey League for the Charlotte Checkers. Injuries to goalies Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin forced the Hurricanes to turn to Peters.

Dvorak, in his second game back from injured reserve, redirected the puck into the net after Poulin left the crease for a better angle on defenseman Ron Hainsey's delivery. The tally came at 6:39 of the opening period.

Dvorak, an 18-year NHL veteran in his first season with the Hurricanes, hadn't scored since finding the net in each of the first two games of the season. Hainsey's only two assists in 16 games have come in the last two games.

The Islanders, without a power-play goal in their previous five games, went 0-for-3 with an extra skater. They're 0-for-21 on power plays in a six-game stretch.

The Hurricanes have shut out their opponents across the first two periods of back-to-back games. This time, they completed the task.

Poulin was playing for only the second time in the last five games for the Islanders.

NOTES: The Hurricanes had not scored the first goal in a game since Oct. 19 when they played the Islanders the first time this season. ... D Aaron Ness was recalled earlier in the day from Bridgeport and was in the lineup for the Islanders. RW Colin McDonald played for the first time in six games. ... D Matt Carkner and RW Cal Clutterbuck (upper-body injury) were scratched for the Islanders. ... The Hurricanes recalled LW Chris Terry from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League, sending down C Elias Lindholm, a first-round draft pick last summer, to Charlotte. ... Windsor, Ontario, natives Matt Martin of the Islanders and Brett Bellemore of the Hurricanes hooked up in a second-period fight. ... A season-low announced crowd of 11,541 was on hand in Raleigh. ... The Islanders play the third of four consecutive road games on Saturday at Columbus. ... The Hurricanes play the third game of their five-game homestand on Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild.

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