UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- John Tavares took advantage of Carolina again, notching two goals and an assist in the Islanders' 4-3 victory on Saturday night that completed New York's four-game season sweep of the Hurricanes.
Kevin Poulin made 33 saves for the Islanders (25-25-8), who pulled within six points of eighth-place Toronto in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The last time the Islanders had at least a .500 record after Feb. 1 was four years ago.
Tavares broke a 3-3 tie 38 seconds into the third when he knocked a rebound past goalie Justin Peters, who replaced starter Cam Ward to begin the period. It was Tavares' 24th goal of the season and sixth against Carolina. He also has six assists versus the Hurricanes (22-26-11), who are tied with Buffalo at 55 points for last in the conference.
Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo also scored for the Islanders. The 21-year-old Poulin was recalled from AHL Bridgeport this week to replace No. 1 goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who is out with the flu...