Led by Cory Stillman’s recent surge, the Carolina Hurricanes look to conclude a four-game homestand with their third straight win as they take on the New York Islanders in the first game of a home-and-home series.
Stillman has been overshadowed a bit this season by linemate Eric Staal, but he’s been doing his best to change that.
The veteran left wing had two goals and two assists to run his point streak to nine games, and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied from a two-goal deficit Wednesday to beat the Atlanta Thrashers, 4-3.
Stillman, who has five goals and 12 assists during his run, was last held without a point Dec. 13 in a win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Staal, who assisted on one of Stillman’s goals to snap a run of three straight scoreless games, leads Carolina with 52 points. Stillman, signed as a free agent in the offseason, has 12 goals and 30 assists in 38 games.
“Our line, when we play together and play well, we produce points and help our team win,” Stillman said. “When our team’s winning, obviously everybody’s going to have points.”
Carolina will play Saturday at New York before opening a three-game homestand against Central Division opponents Tuesday.
The Islanders snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-3 overtime win over the Florida Panthers on Wednesday.
“We kind of forgot the feeling of what it was like to win a big game,” said Islanders right win Mark Parrish, who scored the game-winner.
Garth Snow, though, sprained a ligament in his left knee late in regulation and his status for Friday’s game is uncertain. Snow, the regular backup, has been playing in place of injured starter Rick DiPietro.
Wade Dubielewicz made three saves in the final 2:24 of regulation and overtime—the only action he saw—and became a winner Wednesday. The 26-year-old Dubielewicz is back in the NHL for the third time this season.
Oleg Kvasha tied a career high with two goals and added an assist for the Islanders. They were Kvasha’s first goals in three games since missing 12 with an ankle injury.
Alexei Yashin bounced back from spending significant minutes on the bench in each of the previous two games because of ill-advised penalties. He scored the game-tying goal with 8:55 to play in the third period.