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Outshot 37-18, 'Canes manage to beat Isles

10/23/2002

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- After an unusual game, the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders were in total agreement -- no one was particularly pleased.

Sami Kapanen and Rod Brind'Amour scored power-play goals 23 seconds apart in the second period, and the Hurricanes beat the Islanders 4-1 Tuesday night.

Carolina, outshot 37-18, snapped New York's three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1).

"Winning is always better than losing, but your margin of enjoyment is decreased by your play,'' Carolina coach Paul Maurice said.

Despite the win, Maurice was surprised by the subpar performance because he said his team had two great practices this week and excelled in Tuesday morning's skate.

"You certainly don't want a repeat of that too often, but you're going to have those games,'' he said.

The Islanders went 0-for-9 on the power play and are 3-for-44
this season.

The Hurricanes had only two shots in the first period, yet led
1-0 on Kevyn Adams' goal 9:19 in.

"Shots were 11-2 and they're up 1-0,'' Islanders coach Peter Laviolette said. "It's frustrating.''

New York took 15 first-period shots and was outshooting Carolina 19-3 when Kapanen made it 2-0 on the front end of a 5-on-3 power play at 4:31 of the second.

It took only a few more seconds and just two more shots for
Carolina to finish off the remainder of the Islanders penalty when
Brind'Amour converted a rebound to give Carolina a 3-0 lead despite
being outshot 19-5.

Kevin Weekes made it possible for the Hurricanes to even have a
chance, let alone lead by three. The former Islanders goalie,
playing in his sixth straight game and making his fourth
consecutive start after sitting behind Arturs Irbe on opening
night, turned aside almost everything thrown at him.

"We talked about it before the game that we have to be ready to
match the intensity they're going to bring in the first 10
minutes,'' said Kapanen, who added a power-play goal into an empty
net with 2.5 seconds remaining. "It seemed like it was totally the
opposite.

"We were totally flat there and Kevin Weekes was making some saves and kept us in the game.''

The one he couldn't stop was a play he can blame on his teammates.

Jason Wiemer carried behind the Carolina net but lost the puck at the left post. Two Hurricanes collided after they gained control and the puck came out to Claude Lapointe, who ripped a high shot past Weekes to bring the Islanders to 3-1 at 9:44 of the second.

Weekes was just as good in the third when he helped kill off a
5-on-3 disadvantage in the first 3{ minutes. First he deflected
Adrian Aucoin's drive away with his pad, then got help from the
post when Jason Blake slid a puck under him, through the crease,
off the right pipe and out.

"You certainly will not be seeing that on ESPN Classic for 15 years,'' Maurice said. "You don't have to worry about reliving that one.''

Weekes also snuffed out a power play with 5 minutes left as the Islanders tried to get within a goal.

"I don't mind how many shots come my way,'' said Weekes, who
will back up Irbe in Ottawa on Wednesday night. "The job of a
goalie is just try to do your best with the game that's in front of
you. Whether it be 50, 60 or 15, 20 shots, you just want to always
try and give our best effort.''

It took New York 24 shots to score on Weekes. It wasn't until 9:42 remained in the second period that Garth Snow stopped consecutive Carolina shots. The Islanders held a 24-7 advantage at that point.

"The effort is there. The intensity is there. We've just got to find the net,'' Lapointe said.

Outside of Adams' first-period goal, Snow couldn't really be blamed.

The Hurricanes made it 2-0 by deftly moving the puck around with the two-man advantage until Jeff O'Neill found Kapanen open.

Adams gave Carolina the early lead when he slid a shot between
Snow's pads.

Game notes
With 7:07 left in the second period, a deflected shot
sailed wide left of the protective netting in front of fans and
reached the seats. No one was injured. ... Earlier in the second,
Raffi Torres checked Brind'Amour hard to the side boards, forcing
the door that leads to the Islanders dressing room to open. ...
Islanders LW Oleg Kvasha bruised his left ankle in the second
period and didn't return. ... New York has held the shots advantage
in all but one game this season.