Hurricanes hand Islanders a brutal, jarring loss


After a night like this, the best the New York Islanders can probably say is “Well, it’s only one game.”

This one game was a stunner, though, with the Carolina Hurricanes shrugging off a 3-2 deficit to throttle the Islanders by a shocking score of 8-4 on Monday.

The goaltending was rough for both sides, really, but the spotlight shone most harshly on the Isles’ duo. Both Jean-Francois Berube and Thomas Greiss allowed four goals in this one, with some highly questionable shots beating each netminder.

Jaccob Slavin generated a hat trick (plus an assist) in this one. Highlighting how rare this moment is doesn’t come down to picking on the promising young defenseman; cameras caught Slavin himself saying that it was the first time in his “life” that he’s generated a hat trick.

It’s also the first time in the life of the Hurricanes franchise that two defensemen generated at least two goals, as Justin Faulk also enjoyed a two-goal night.

Slavin’s hat trick goal was … well:

You could probably argue that Jeff Skinner‘s nifty-but-debatable penalty-shot goal really broke the Islanders’ will to rally back. Decide if it was a good call by checking it out here.

Fans at the Barclays Center ended the night booing the Islanders’ effort, and it’s tough to totally¬†blame them.

On the bright side, it’s still just one of 82 regular season contests and with a Tuesday game against the Hurricanes in Carolina, the Islanders won’t need to wait long to seek revenge.