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Associated Press
10/21/2006 10:11:14 PM


UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Tom Poti scored New York's third power-play goal 23 seconds into overtime, capping the Islanders' rally in a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Poti, a defenceman who assisted on two other goals, snapped a shot from inside the blue line that passed through a screen by Mike Sillinger and found the net behind John Grahame.

It gave Rick DiPietro his first win of the season following a four-game layoff due to a groin injury.

Carolina suffered its second straight tough loss and concluded a season-high, seven-game road trip. The defending Stanley Cup champions took a while to find their legs following a fast-paced 5-4 defeat at Buffalo on Friday night, but they nearly pulled this one out with three third-period goals.

After Jason Blake and Mike York staked the Islanders to a 2-0 lead, the Hurricanes stormed back to take the lead. Justin Williams scored short-handed and power-play goals 1:50 apart, and captain Rod Brind'Amour made it 3-2 with 5:26 left in regulation.

But it didn't stand up as Sillinger tied it for the Islanders with a power-play goal at 16:50.

DiPietro, playing at home in the regular season for the first time since signing a 15-year deal with the Islanders, fought the puck early on but regrouped in the final two periods. He couldn't be faulted much for the Hurricanes' late uprising that nearly cost New York a victory.

Instead the Islanders snapped a two-game losing streak, while playing into overtime for the fourth time in five games.

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