Final

Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Tuesday, October 22nd
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Game 2: Wednesday, October 30th
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Game 3: Saturday, December 28th
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Game 4: Sunday, April 6th
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Islanders 2

(3-6-0, 7 pts)

Hurricanes 4

(5-4-1, 12 pts)

7:00 PM ET, October 30, 2002

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

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CAR 0 3 14

S. Kapanen (Hurricanes - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

R. Brind'Amour (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

K. Weekes (Hurricanes - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .939

Isles blow two-goal lead against 'Canes

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Sami Kapanen had a tough time enjoying Carolina's run to the Stanley Cup finals. The five-time 20-goal scorer was held to one goal in 23 postseason games.

Sami Kapanen
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And this season didn't start much better -- until Kapanen ran into the New York Islanders.

Kapanen, Jeff O'Neill and Niclas Wallin scored during an 11-minute stretch in the second period as the Hurricanes rallied to beat New York 4-2 Wednesday night.

Kapanen scored his first two goals of the season last Tuesday in a 4-1 win over the Islanders. Before breaking through, the right wing had one goal over a 29-game span, including last year's postseason.

''I am enjoying this right now,'' Kapanen said. ''There was a point early in the season when I was frustrated with my game. I didn't have that much confidence and I felt I was a little slow out there.''

The Hurricanes overcame a 2-0 first-period deficit to win the first of a nine-game homestand and improve to 4-1-1 in their last six.

Meanwhile, the Islanders dropped their third straight to fall to 3-6-1 through 10 games. New York started 8-0-1-1 to open last season.

''Games are slipping away, points are slipping away,'' said New York coach Peter Laviolette, whose club is in last place in the Atlantic Division with just seven points. ''The whole thing is frustrating.''

O'Neill extended his NHL-best point streak to 10 straight games with his fourth goal, which was set up by a beautiful rush by Kapanen, while Kapanen's goal was his 16th against the Islanders -- the most against any team in his career.

''It seems like they are the team for me right now,'' Kapanen said.

The goals by Kapanen and O'Neill were scored with Shawn Bates in the penalty box, and Wallin's first of the season came 4-on-4 with 4:14 left in the second.

Rod Brind'Amour and David Tanabe had two assists each during Carolina's scoring outburst, and Kevin Weekes improved to 4-0-1 in his last five starts. Weekes won 2-1 at New Jersey on Tuesday night.

''He has been big and strong,'' Carolina coach Paul Maurice said of Weekes, who has taken over the No. 1 goalie spot from Arturs Irbe. ''He really controlled the shots well late in the game.''

Brind'Amour added an empty-net goal with 26.3 seconds left to seal it for Carolina.

Brind'Amour's goal was his team-leading seventh, but he was more excited to talk about Kapanen's improved play.

''He's one of the most talented players we have and to see him starting to go is a big plus for us,'' Brind'Amour said.

Bates and Justin Mapletoft scored power-play goals 7:03 into the first to give the Islanders a quick 2-0 lead.

Bates put New York up less than 2 minutes in when Mark Parrish got by Wallin to create a 2-on-0 down low against Weekes. Parrish made a pass across the crease to a wide open Bates, who flipped a high shot into the empty net for his second of the season.

Mapletoft scored his first NHL goal 6 minutes later with Sean Hill off for a four-minute high-sticking penalty.

Game notes


Only Buffalo averaged more penalty minutes heading into the game than the Hurricanes and Islanders. ... Carolina C Josef Vasicek missed his sixth straight game with what the team called a back problem. ... The Islanders have outshot opponents 111-72 in the first period. ... Roman Hamrlik extended his point streak to four games with an assist on New York's first goal. ... The Islanders didn't lose three in a row last season until early March.

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