Series (Game 4 of 4)

Carolina leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 8th
Game 2: Friday, January 6th
Game 3: Saturday, January 7th
Game 4: Thursday, January 19th

Islanders 3

(20-24-2, 42 pts)

Hurricanes 4

(32-10-4, 68 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 19, 2006

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
NYI 1 1 13
CAR 2 1 14

R. Brind'Amour (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

C. Ward (Hurricanes - G): Saves: 36, Save Pct.: .923

E. Staal (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

NY Islanders (20-23-2) at Carolina (31-10-4) 7:00 pm EST

NY Islanders (20-23-2) at Carolina (31-10-4) 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Carolina Hurricanes attempt to match the franchise's longest winning streak when they host the New York Islanders on Thursday.

The Hurricanes have won eight consecutive games, one shy of the record they set earlier this season from October 22-November 11, which is tied with Detroit for the longest streak in the league this season.

Carolina's success this season has propelled it to the league's best record, one point ahead of Ottawa.

The Hurricanes had to rally to extend their streak Tuesday as they posted a 4-3 shootout victory at Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia. Former Flyer Rod Brind'Amour scored what proved to be the game winner in the fourth round of the shootout.

Defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky and Erik Cole each scored third-period goals as the Hurricanes came back from from a 3-1 deficit to force overtime. Offensive Player of the Week Eric Staal assisted on Tverdovsky's goal, but did not score.

New York improved to 2-1 under interim coach Brad Shaw by edging Chicago, 2-1, in overtime on Tuesday. Oleg Kvasha scored the game-winner at the 3:02 mark of the extra session, firing home a rebound of a shot by Jason Blake.

Maligned goaltender Rick DiPietro made 34 saves one game after a dreadful performance against Vancouver in which he yielded four goals on just 13 shots before being pulled.

After losing their first meeting of the season to the Islanders, the Hurricanes swept a home-and-home series against them on January 6-7.