Andrei Svechnikov posted two goals and an assist and Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the visiting New York Islanders 6-3 in the season opener for both teams Thursday night in Raleigh, N.C.
The Hurricanes broke a 2-2 tie in the second period when Jordan Martinook and Nino Niederreiter scored less than five minutes apart.
Jesper Fast also scored for Carolina. Svechnikov’s second goal came on an empty-net power play with 42 seconds remaining.
Goalie Frederik Andersen, making his Hurricanes debut, stopped 25 shots.
Mathew Barzal, Brock Nelson and Anders Lee scored for New York. Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin made 35 saves.
Ten Carolina players had either a goal or an assist.
“We played great, and I tried to play good,” Svechnikov said after the game. “It’s the first game and you’ve got that energy because you didn’t play for four months. We’ll see in the long run.”
NHL Scores: Hurricanes 6 vs Islanders 3
The Islanders, who led the NHL with 10 shutouts last season, couldn’t slow down the Hurricanes after the first period. Carolina racked up 22 shots in the second period.
The game was stretched out, in part because of a sequence involving the game’s first goal, which was scored by Barzal. But that tally wasn’t granted until an extended video review.
The game’s first seven goals came in even-strength situations until Teravainen’s power-play delivery with 8:24 remaining in the third period.
The Islanders managed only eight shots on goal in the third period. They were 0-for-3 on power plays for the game.
This was the first of 13 consecutive road games for the Islanders, who will begin playing home games in a new arena next month.
The Hurricanes were 20-3-5 on home ice in last season’s regular season, so they built on that success right away.
This marked the first of three scheduled meetings between the Islanders and Hurricanes. The other two are slated for April.
–Field Level Media