Backup goalie leads Islanders to win
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Backup Chad Johnson made 37 saves and four players scored to lead the New York Islanders past the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Michael Grabner and John Tavares scored for the Islanders, who took a 3-0 lead in the season series between the first- and last-place teams in the Metropolitan Division. The Islanders improved to 19-3 against the Metro Division behind Lee's 19th goal of the season, Nelson's 16th and Grabner's sixth for a 3-0 lead.
Carolina, coming off a 6-3 win at Ottawa, outshot New York 18-8 in the second period and 38-30 overall, but couldn't dent Johnson until Jiri Tlusty's goal with 8:46 remaining.
Tavares scored his 28th of the season on an empty net with 4:19 remaining.
The Islanders rebounded from blowing three two-goal leads the previous night in a 6-5 loss to the Rangers.
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