Aho scores hat trick as Hurricanes beat Islanders 5-2

NEW YORK (AP) — Sebastian Aho had three goals for his sixth career hat trick and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the slumping New York Islanders 5-2 on Saturday night.

Jordan Staal and Jesper Fast also scored to help the Metropolitan Division-leading Hurricanes win for the fourth time in five games. Frederik Andersen made 25 saves.

Simon Holmstrom and Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders. who have dropped eight of their last nine. Ilya Sorokin had 21 saves.

Aho snapped a 2-2 tie with 3:20 left in the second period, tipping a pass from Teuvo Teravainen past Sorokin. Aho scored unassisted at 7:09 of the third to put the Hurricanes ahead by two and added an empty-net goal for his 17th to complete his second hat trick of the season with 22 seconds left..

Andersen won his fourth straight game since returning from a lower-body injury that forced him to miss 29 games.

Staal scored just 44 seconds into the game, his 12th, and Fast made to 2-0 at 3:52 after a passfrom Staal for his sixth.

Fans at UBS Arena were then showering the Islanders with boos as coach Lane Lambert called a time out. The unhappiness continued as the Islanders failed to score on a power-play chance midway through the period.

However, Holmstrom narrowed the deficit with just under six minutes remaining in the period with his second goal before Nelson tied it on a wraparound with 4:18 left in the first. The goal was Nelson’s 17th and his second in two games after a 14-game scoring drought.

The Hurricanes were coming off a 5-2 win over Minnesota on Thursday in which forward Max Pacioretty suffered a second tear of his right Achilles tendon. The 34-year-old Pacioretty had played only five games after he was acquired from Vegas before this season.

Carolina has won five straight games on Long Island and the Islanders are 2-6-2 in their last 10 home games against Hurricanes overall.

ALUMNI GATHERING

The Islanders honored alumni representing each decade of their 50-year history, including members of squads that won four-straight Stanley Cups from 1980-83. Denis Potvin, Bryan Trottier, Bob Nystrom, John Tonelli, Anders Kallur, Stefan Persson, Ken Murrow, Butch Goring and Duane Sutter were on hand representing the championship teams. All nine were joined by the Islanders' first captain Ed Westfall for the ceremonial puck drop before the game.

ROSTER MOVES

The Islanders placed forward Cal Clutterbuck on injured reserve due to an upper body injury suffered during Thursday’s loss at Buffalo. Forward Aatu Raty was recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL.

UP NEXT

Hurricanes: At Dallas on Wednesday night.

Islanders: At Toronto on Monday night.

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Allan Kreda, The Associated Press