RALEIGH, N.C. – Rod Brind’Amour had a goal and two assists and the Carolina Hurricanes scored four power-play goals in a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night.

Justin Williams scored his fifth goal in a five-game span for the Hurricanes, who outshot New York 35-25 and matched a season high with their third straight victory.

Erik Cole, Eric Belanger and Scott Walker also scored, while Cory Stillman had three assists and Ray Whitney added two.

Carolina’s 26th-ranked power-play unit went 4-of-9 against the Islanders’ 24th-ranked penalty-kill. It was the Hurricanes’ most productive performance on the power play since they scored five goals with the man advantage against Detroit on Nov. 29, 2002.

Chris Simon scored for the Islanders, whose two-game winning streak was snapped.

Cam Ward stopped 24 shots in his third consecutive win for Carolina. His counterpart, Rick DiPietro, made 30 saves but was victimized throughout by long rebounds.

Brind’Amour put the Hurricanes ahead for good about 4 minutes into the game when he scored with a 5-on-3 advantage, gathering the rebound of his own shot near the goal and snapping the puck past a diving DiPietro for his 11th goal of the season.

Williams added a power-play goal later in the first. Whitney’s hard shot bounced off DiPietro’s pads, over Shawn Bates’ shoulder and into the left circle directly to Williams, who wristed the puck high past DiPietro to give him at least one point in his sixth straight game.

Cole made it 3-0 early in the second period when he took the rebound of Stillman’s shot in the slot and snapped it past DiPietro. Belanger added a power-play goal about four minutes later when he wristed a shot past DiPietro from the right circle.

Walker put the Hurricanes up 5-0 early in the third. DiPietro broke his stick when he played the puck, Stillman intercepted it and set up Walker’s snap shot from the slot.

Simon tipped a shot past Ward from point-blank range with about 12 minutes remaining for New York’s lone goal.

Notes: Alexei Yashin, who assisted on Simon’s goal, was held without a goal for the first time since he returned from a knee injury Dec. 13. … Carolina improved to 13-0 when leading after the first period. … Newly re-acquired New York C Randy Robitaille faced Carolina for the second straight game. He played for Philadelphia on Tuesday in the Flyers’ 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes, then a day later was traded to the Islanders, the team with whom he finished the 2002-03 season. … Islanders D Brendan Witt was in a pair of fights. He traded punches with Walker during the first period, then fought Mike Commodore early in the third.

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