Hurricanes top Islanders 4-2

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – The Carolina Hurricanes won their first preseason game with a 4-2 decision over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday.

Ryan Murphy (1g, 1a) , Jeff Skinner (1g, 1a), Andrej Sekera (1g, 1a), and Nathan Gerbe (1g, 1a) all scored for Carolina while goaltender Drew MacIntyre played the entire 60 minutes, stopping 26 shots to earn the win.

The Hurricanes power play was particularly effective, finishing at a 50-percent success rate (3-6), and included forwards Zach Boychuk (1a) and Elias Lindholm (1a) along with defenseman Jay Harrison (1a) contributing on the man-advantage sequences.

Without center Jordan Staal, who suffered a broken bone in his leg during a 2-0 loss at Buffalo on Tuesday, the Hurricanes inserted Lindholm (3-19) into the faceoff rotation to work along Jay McClement (9-17) and Victor Rask (8-11) in taking the majority of the team’s faceoffs throughout the game.

Carolina returns to PNC Arena to continue training camp sessions on Thursday and will next play in the Red-White Scrimmage that will take place on Friday to cap off Caniac Carnival festivities.