- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Chad LaRose and Matt Cullen each scored two goals and the Carolina Hurricanes ran their home winning streak to seven games, overcoming a horrible second period to beat the New York Islanders 5-4 on Friday night.

The Hurricanes jumped to sixth in the Eastern Conference, a point ahead of the New York Rangers and two in front of Montreal.

The Islanders scored four second-period goals to take a 4-2 lead

Frans Nielsen started the surge, taking a loose puck off goalie Cam Ward’s pads and scoring at 2:30. Richard Park, Bruno Gervais and Kyle Okposo added goals.

Tuomo Ruutu scored in the final minute of the second period for Carolina, which has not lost at home since Feb. 17.

Cullen tied it with 6:38 remaining, tipped in Rod Brind’Amour’s shot. Then, after a diving clear by defenseman Joe Corvo, Ray Whitney fed LaRose, who beat Peter Mannino with 4:21 to go.

The Hurricanes had a comfortable 2-0 lead but couldn’t hold it against the suddenly successful Islanders. New York has the worst record in the NHL, but came into the game with a 6-2-2 record in its previous 10 games.

The Hurricanes got on the board early with a gift goal. Mannino misplayed an innocent pass into the zone, and Cullen jumped on the loose puck and scored into an open net 44 seconds in.

LaRose scored off a pass from Cullen late in the first period, but the Islanders dominated the second period, getting goals from Nielsen and Park to tie it. Park beat Ward on a breakaway less than 90 seconds after Ward stopped Jeff Tambellini on a breakaway.

(This version CORRECTS Hurricanes 5, Islanders 4. SUBS 4th graf to correct scorer to Okposo sted Streit.)

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