Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/8/13
The Carolina Hurricanes scored just one goal Thursday. But in this game, one was enough. Canes goaltender Justin Peters made 21 saves while shutting out the New York Islanders 1-0 in the Metropolitan Division game at PNC Arena. Radek Dvorak scored in the first period on a redirection, giving the Hurricanes a rare early lead. The Canes and Isles have had some free-wheeling, high-scoring games in the past, but this was would not be one of them. “It was a real, good solid effort from everyone,” Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. “Right now, it’s just finding ways to win games again.” The Canes (6-7-3) found a way Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers, tying the score in the final minute of regulation and winning in overtime on Manny Malhotra’s goal. That ended a five-game losing streak and relieved some fast-growing tension. On Thursday, the Canes maintained the one-goal lead thanks in large part to Peters, who earned his third career shutout. But it was also about players simply making the plays that needed to be made. One example was defenseman Brett Bellemore laying a hit on the Isles’ Kyle Okposo in the Carolina zone in the first period as Okposo attempted to get off a shot. Then defenseman Jay Harrison did the same to Islanders captain John Tavares in the second period, flattening the star forward, and Canes forward Drayson Bowman helped out with a strong backcheck on a New York rush in the second.
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