RALEIGH, N.C. -- It seems like the Carolina Hurricanes (6-7-3) have rarely played with a lead this season.
It had been awhile, actually -- the last time Carolina scored first was the last time they faced the Islanders back on October 19 in New York. They won that game, too.
Radek Dvorak scored the first goal just 6:39 into the first period, and the 1-0 cushion held up against the New York Islanders (6-7-3).
"It was nice," Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal said. "It was a little almost unusual when we got that first one. It was a good feeling. It looked like we felt comfortable with the lead as well, which is really good."
It's tough to hold a 1-0 lead for that long, but the Hurricanes' defense was fantastic and goalie Justin Peters turned back all 21 shots he faced. It was the second straight win for the Hurricanes, yes, but it was also the second straight for Peters, the third-string goalie that has been up and down for much of his career and was much in need of some confidence...