Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

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

Hurricanes 0

(15-14-3, 38 pts)

Islanders 3

(14-16-0, 33 pts)

7:00 PM ET, December 28, 2002

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

1 2 3 T
CAR 0 0 00
NYI 2 1 03

C. Osgood (Islanders - G): Saves: 25, Save Pct.: 1.000

M. Peca (Islanders - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

R. Hamrlik (Islanders - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

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 Carolina.

"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 straight.

"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 Wallin)."

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.

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