Gerber made 30 saves for his sixth career shutout, and the
Hurricanes scored three goals in a 6:14 span in the second period
to beat the Islanders 3-0 on Saturday night for a home-and-home
"We came out good from the start," Gerber said. "We played a
solid 60 minutes, and we made good decisions with the puck all
Gerber's closest call came 4 minutes into the third period when
he got his pad on Oleg Kvasha's one-timer. Gerber has three
shutouts this season, all on the road.
"I don't think it matters where this kid plays," Carolina
coach Peter Laviolette said. "He's been rock solid for us all
year, and he was rock solid again tonight."
Rod Brind'Amour, Ray Whitney and Cory Stillman scored for
Carolina, which beat the Islanders 4-1 on Friday night in Raleigh.
The Hurricanes have earned at least one point in 13 of their last
Wade Dubielewicz stopped 25 shots for the Islanders, who are
back under .500 at home (9-10-1) and have lost seven of their last
eight games overall.
"I feel bad for Dubie," Islanders forward Mark Parrish said.
"The bottom line is that they worked harder than us."
Carolina scored on three of its first four shots in the second
Brind'Amour opened the scoring on a power play at 2:58, scoring
his 18th goal of the season on a backhander. Whitney made it 2-0 at
7:18 on a one-timer from the right circle that beat Dubielewicz to
the far corner.
Then, 17 seconds into a power play, Stillman extended his points
streak to 11 games with a tip at 9:12. Stillman has scored goals in
five straight games, and has seven goals and 12 assists during his
"I think that most of my points come because the team is
playing well," Stillman said. "What also helps is that here in
Carolina, we play the same style of offense as I did in Tampa Bay.
It's an aggressive offense with puck pressure, so I feel like I fit
right in here."
Laviolette said that Stillman's presence is not just his own
"He not only has the knack for scoring," Laviolette said,
"but he also helps make other players better offensively."
Islanders coach Steve Stirling has had problems with his team's
lack of effort over the course of a full game, yet it's the only
way the Islanders can break their slump.
"You don't get out of a slump by luck," Stirling said. "You
get out of it by hard work."
The Islanders took the ice with only 17 skaters, one under
the limit. Because there were seven defensemen in the mix, rookie
Tomi Pettinen spent his ice time at forward. Eric Godard was
suspended for two games, and forward Kevin Colley is still bothered
by a sore knee. ... The Hurricanes have 58 points, the most in
franchise history after 41 games. Their previous high was 46 in
1986-87 in Hartford.