Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Wednesday, November 26th
Game 2: Friday, January 23rd
Game 3: Saturday, March 27th
Game 4: Friday, April 2nd

Islanders 6

(38-29-4, 90 pts)

Hurricanes 4

(28-34-6, 75 pts)

7:00 PM ET, April 2, 2004

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
NYI 2 4 06
CAR 1 0 34

M. Czerkawski (Islanders - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

A. Yashin (Islanders - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

A. Aucoin (Islanders - D): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

Ny Islanders (37-29-10-4) at Carolina (28-33-13-6) 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The New York Islanders look to clinch their third straight playoff appearance at the expense of former coach Peter Laviolette when they meet the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.

The Islanders are three points ahead of the Buffalo Sabres for the Eastern Conference's final playoff berth with two games remaining. Any combination of two points sends the Islanders to the playoffs for the third straight season.

Laviolette coached the Islanders to their last two playoff appearances. But he was fired by Islanders last June before being hired as Hurricanes coach in December.

Laviolette has faced his former team twice with the Hurricanes and split a pair of meetings.

Roman Hamrlik and Mark Parrish each scored twice as the Islanders moved a step closer to the postseason with a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Candiens on Wednesday.

Carolina has lost consecutive games, inlcluding Tuesday's 3-2 defeat to Boston.