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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Right winger Colin McDonald scored two of the New York Islanders' four goals in the first 11 minutes on Tuesday night in a 5-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.

Offense was free flowing at times in the matchup between the two bottom teams in the Metropolitan Division.

The Islanders scored the first four goals before holding on.

Left winger Matt Martin also had two goals and right winger Cal Clutterbuck added a goal for the Islanders, who are 13-4-1 in their last 18 road games.

Left winger Jeff Skinner, center Andrei Loktionov, right winger Alexander Semin and center Nathan Gerbe scored for Carolina, which won the previous three meetings this season.

Carolina went on a power play with 4:48 remaining, unable to secure a season-high third power-play goal that would have tied the score.

Goalie Anders Nilsson made 24 saves for the Islanders, who have won three of their last four games.

McDonald, who also posted an assist on Martin's second goal, had his first multi-point game of the season and the first three-point game of his career.

McDonald's first goal came 3:39 into the game. Sixty-five seconds later, Clutterbuck converted off a rebound.

Carolina used its timeout after the second. When McDonald made it three New York goals in 2:33 span, Anton Khudobin replaced Cam Ward in the Carolina net.

The Islanders put the first 10 shots on goal in the game. It took more than nine minutes before the Hurricanes registered a shot.

The Islanders cracked Khudobin right away, with Martin making it 4-0 just 10:54 into the game.

Skinner's power-play goal put the Hurricanes on the board at 12:38 of the first period. Loktionov scored less than three minutes later.

Semin's power-play goal closed the gap to 4-3 just 2:42 into the second period.

Martin scored again for the Islanders late in the second period, but Gerbe responded for Carolina 22 seconds later with a tough-angle shot.

New York's four first-period goals matched the most allowed in any period by Carolina this season.

NOTES: Carolina played for the first time since D Justin Faulk agreed to a six-year, $29 million contract extension. ... When Islanders RW Colin McDonald scored two goals in the first period on Tuesday night, it meant that his last seven goals came in road games. He has eight goals total this season. ... The Hurricanes sent D Ryan Murphy back to AHL Charlotte. He played 46 NHL games this season. ... The Islanders visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night before three of their next four games are at home. ... The Hurricanes play the Panthers in Florida on Thursday night.

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