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Bergeron's two-goal night leads Islanders past Hurricanes 4-1

RALEIGH, N.C. - Marc-Andre Bergeron has spent the season drifting in and out of the New York Islanders' lineup. Maybe after his latest goal-scoring spree, he'll stay there.

Bergeron had two goals and an assist, and the Islanders scored three goals in a 3:39 stretch of their 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.

Bergeron has three goals in two games after scoring three in his previous 20. During four multi-game stretches he was a healthy scratch, and most recently he sat out five straight games before finally returning Saturday and scoring a "a pretty lucky goal" off a New Jersey defenceman's stick.

"I knew that everything would be back to normal sooner than later, so hopefully I wasn't going to have to wait too long" to return, Bergeron said. "It's turning out pretty good right now, so hopefully, the worst is behind me."

Bill Guerin and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored and Mike Comrie added two assists for the Islanders, who entered tied with Phoenix for the fewest goals in the league with just 90 but scored all four goals in the second period - three on the power play.

"We haven't done it in a little while, so it's about time our power play got going," goalie Wade Dubielewicz said. "We jumped on them pretty quick, and when they took some penalties in the second period, we didn't look back. We kept our feet moving, forcing them to take penalties and capitalized and made them pay."

New York scored at least four goals for the fourth time in six games after at one point this season going 22 straight without scoring more than three.

Craig Adams scored for Carolina, which remained on top of the mediocre Southeast Division despite losing two straight by a combined 8-2 and dropping four of six.

"The good thing is that we haven't played well for the whole season and we're still sitting there," captain Rod Brind'Amour said.

Dubielewicz, filling in for the injured Rick DiPietro, stopped 28 shots in winning his second straight start and leading the Islanders to their fifth win in six games.

"If something was to happen to Ricky, they know that I can be there to take over the job and at least give them a chance to win, instead of the opposite, which is not very good," Dubielewicz said. "So it's a big factor (that) the guys start to believe in me."

John Grahame didn't last long in his first start since Dec. 20, allowing three goals in a four-shot span before he was pulled for Cam Ward with 14:15 left in the second. Grahame finished with 11 saves before giving way to Ward, who stopped nine of the 10 shots he faced.

It was another horrible second period for the Hurricanes. Two days earlier, they never recovered after allowing Columbus to score three times in the middle period in a 4-1 loss.

"It was (a) better third period like it was against Columbus, but by then it's too late," defenceman Mike Commodore said. "We can't come back two, three goals all the time. ... Everybody was turning over pucks. And they just kept coming down on us all night and getting opportunities. We just can't point to any one thing."

This time, Bergeron put New York up 1-0 by one-timing a feed from former Hurricanes player Josef Vasicek high past Grahame on the power play to start the Islanders' second-period flurry, then capped it with his second goal on the man advantage, beating Ward with a hard blast from just inside the blue line.

"Those were real goals, and they were good for my confidence," Bergeron said.

In between, Guerin scored a power-play goal 89 seconds after Bergeron's. Guerin took a feed from Comrie and beating Grahame with a hard slap shot to his glove side, prompting Carolina coach Peter Laviolette to use his timeout.

"We wanted to get some trapping in front of the goaltenders. We wanted to get some point shots from the point and the redirect," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said. "We haven't been scoring a lot of goals all season, but I think if we get some pucks on the net and get some screens, there's a good chance they'll go in."

Then, when Fedotenko got past Adams in front of the goal and tapped Andy Hilbert's feed into the net at 14:15 to make it 3-0, Grahame's night was over.

Adams made up for his miscue 32 seconds later when he backhanded the rebound of Commodore's slap shot past Dubielewicz to temporarily pull Carolina to 3-1.

"You feel like you can come back from one. There is a chance you can come back from two," Laviolette said. "It is very difficult to come back from three."

Notes: New York won in Raleigh for the first time since April 2, 2004. ... Comrie extended his points streak to four games. ... Carolina C Eric Staal's four-game scoring streak was snapped. ... Hurricanes C Matt Cullen returned after missing two games with a broken nose. ... Nolan's son is a forward in the Hurricanes' organization who last week made his NHL debut. Carolina sent Brandon Nolan back to Albany on Dec. 28 when Chad LaRose was activated from injured reserve.


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