RALEIGH, NC — Kyle Palmieri scored in a wild last minute with 14.1 seconds left to lead the New York Islanders to a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
Ilya Sorokin needed just 19 saves to earn the win, though he was less than a minute away from matching a franchise record for single-season shutouts.
But Vincent Trocheck’s goal with 56.8 seconds remaining equalized for Carolina.
Still, the Islanders won for the fifth time in their last six games – thanks to Palmieri’s clutch strike.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored for New York and Palmieri set up that goal.
A night after securing a berth in the playoffs for the fourth straight season, the Hurricanes were not at all crisp en route to their third loss in four games. Frederik Andersen made 19 saves.
Trocheck’s equalizer came after the Hurricanes drew Andersen for an extra skater. Trocheck haven’t had a goal or an assist in their last five games.
Sorokin made his first appearance in New York’s last six games, his last game coming on March 27. He was not threatened by the Metropolitan Division’s top scoring team during stretches.
The Islanders won the battle for the puck behind the net before Matt Martin delivered a pass to Pageau, who put the puck in the top of the net at 8:24 of the second period. Pageau has scored five of his 15 goals of the season in his last three games.
The Hurricanes only managed one shot on goal in the second half. Towards the end of the third, they failed to create a scoring chance on a power play.
Carolina’s Martin Necas had a chance in the first period when Sorokin opened an opportunity, but Necas’ shot on the power play bounced off the keeper’s pad.
This was the first meeting between the teams since Carolina won 6-3 at home to open the season.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/08/kyle-palmieris-late-goal-gives-islanders-win-over-hurricanes/ Kyle Palmieri’s late goal gives the Islanders a win over the Hurricanes