Isles top Carolina to open final season at Coliseum
(AP) -- John Tavares and Brock Nelson each had a goal and an assist, and the New York Islanders began their final home schedule at Nassau Coliseum with a 4-3 victory over Carolina on Saturday night to sweep a season-opening two-game series from the Hurricanes.
Tavares and Nelson powered the Islanders' offense again after they filled the score sheet in a 5-3 win at Carolina on Friday night. Nelson had two goals and two assists in the opener, and Tavares had three assists to jump into 16th place on New York's career scoring list.
Cory Conacher and Josh Bailey added goals for the Islanders, who will move to Brooklyn next season following 42 years on Long Island.
Carolina's Jiri Tlusty scored two power-play goals in the first period and completed his second NHL hat trick with 5:58 left in the third. Alexander Semin had two assists for the Hurricanes, who received 27 saves from backup Anton Khudobin.
Chad Johnson, the backup to Jaroslav Halak, stopped 21 shots to earn his first win with the Islanders.