For a long time Tuesday night, the Carolina Hurricanes couldn’t find a way to get the puck past a 21-year-old goalie who was playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last week.
The Canes finally found a way to beat unheralded Kevin Poulin, only to be beaten by a player everyone in the NHL knows all too well: All-Star forward John Tavares.
After the Canes rallied for a pair of goals in the third period to tie the score, Tavares ripped a shot past Canes goalie Cam Ward with 12:24 left in regulation and the Islanders won 5-2 at the RBC Center. See 122 photos from the game.
Tavares had two goals and two assists, scoring an empty netter in the final minute.
The Canes’ Brandon Sutter and Tim Brent scored in the third period, Brent on Carolina’s first power play of the game, for a 2-2 tie. The RBC Center was rumbling.
Not for long. Ward left the crease to play a bouncing puck, instead fanning on it. Tavares was open on the right side of the slot, taking a pass from Matt Moulson to score his...