Islanders pick up first shutout of season


UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York Islanders have goalie Chris
Osgood and their penalty-killers to thank for a win against the
Carolina Hurricanes.

Osgood made 25 saves, and New York killed 10 penalties in their
first shutout of the season, a 3-0 victory Saturday night over

"He was solid," Islanders coach Peter Laviolette said. "Our
penalty killers also did an outstanding job, but we took some
selfish, undisciplined penalties. We went to the box too much."

Osgood recorded his 35th career shutout. Mark Parrish, Alexei
Yashin and Michael Peca scored for New York, which has won two

"It was really nice to win," Osgood said. "I've never
approached a shutout as an individual thing. I don't even know how
many shutouts I have, but I can tell you how many wins I have. It's
all about winning and getting to the playoffs."

Defenseman Roman Hamrlik, playing his first game since Dec. 10
after missing six games with a separated left shoulder, assisted on
each goal.

"I felt a little scared in the beginning," Hamrlik said.
"After that, I tried not to think about it, and then after that, I
felt fine."

Former Islanders goalie Kevin Weekes stopped 26 shots for the
Hurricanes, who have dropped two in a row.

Parrish scored his team-leading 13th goal to give New York a 1-0
lead at 8:51 of the first period. Parrish fired a slap shot that
Weekes stopped, but the rebound went right back to Parrish, who
banged it into the net.

"Pecs made a great pass," Parrish said. "I tried cutting to
the middle and wound up getting around (defenseman Niclas

The Islanders went up 2-0 with 61 seconds left in the period
during a two-man advantage.

Yashin, in his favorite spot -- the left circle -- sent a low shot
that Weekes never reacted to as it went into the open right side.

New York took a three-goal lead at 12:33 of the second period on
Peca's short-handed goal.

Peca, playing his 500th NHL game, took a slap shot from the
right circle that beat Weekes between the pads.

Carolina coach Paul Maurice said his team didn't fight hard
enough during their power-play chances.

"We lost most of the 1-on-1 battles on the power play,"
Maurice said. "That's where we got hurt."

Forward Jeff O'Neill agreed.

"I don't know if their penalty killing was that good or our
power play was that bad," O'Neill said. "It looked like we were
out of sorts tonight. It's not very good, but it is what it is --
0-10 is just terrible."

The Islanders (14-16-5) are trying to reach .500 before the new
year. They play at home Monday against Florida and Tuesday in
Buffalo. Both opponents have losing records.

"We made it a team goal," Laviolette said, "but we have to
try to climb out of this hole we're in in short steps."

Peca said recent team meetings have helped the Islanders New
York focus.

"We had some meetings, and what came out of them is that we're
not going to allow anybody to be complacent any more," Peca said.
"Everyone has to be accountable, and if someone is not, they're
going to hear about it."

Game notes
Islanders tough guy Steve Webb left the game with back
spasms. ... New York LW Brad Isbister returned after missing one
game because of a sprained ankle. ... New York has six short-handed
goals this season. ... In Hamrlik's first game back, he played
29:30 _ second to Adrian Aucoin's 32:20. ... The Hartford/Carolina
franchise leads the series between the teams, 39-36-9. The
Islanders lead 20-18-4 at Nassau Coliseum.