UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) – Jason Blake and Alexei Yashin each had a goal and an assist, and the New York Islanders beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Rick DiPietro stopped 13 shots for his seventh win this season. Shawn Bates and Miroslav Satan also scored for New York, which improved to 4-1-1 in its last six games.

Scott Walker and Trevor Letowski scored for Carolina, losers of two straight. John Grahame was busy in goal, stopping 45 shots.

The Islanders took a 1-0 lead 2:53 into the game when Bates finished off a 2-on-1 break by putting Richard Park’s cross-ice feed into the open net. The rush was set up by a great pass from Alexei Zhitnik.

The Islanders outshot Carolina 20-1 in the period, but Grahame was the sole reason the score was close. His first save was one of his best – he robbed Satan from the low slot on a point-blank shot 30 seconds into the game. The Hurricanes’ only shot came with 1:47 left in the period, on a 30-footer by Kevyn Adams.

Carolina had six shots in the scoreless second period, while the Islanders fired 17 more at Grahame.

Zhitnik set up another 2-on-1 break, which led to Yashin moving up left wing and crossing over to Blake, who waited for Grahame to go down before wristing a shot from the right circle into the net. The goal, Blake’s team-leading 12th, came at 5:59 and withstood a video review after the net was knocked off its moorings just after the puck went in.

Yashin made it 3-0 at 11:18 on a wraparound backhander.

Walker ended DiPietro’s shutout bid 6 seconds into the Hurricanes’ fifth power play. Walker sent Rod Brind’Amour’s cross-ice feed into the open left side at 13:17 for his 10th goal.

Satan tallied an empty-net goal with 49.4 seconds left for a 4-1 lead. Letowski scored with 12 seconds to go.

Notes: It was the ninth time the Islanders held a team to one shot in a period. The last time was Oct. 10, 2002, at Buffalo. New York has never held a team without a shot in a period. It was the fourth time the Hurricanes were held to one shot in a period, and all four times it occurred in the first period. … The win evened the Islanders’ record at home against Carolina/Hartford to 21-21-4-1.

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