The Canes experienced a sensation in the first period against the Isles they haven't had for a while: a 1-0 lead.
Its also 1-0 after two periods as the Canes have outshot the Isles 18-12. Canes goalie Justin Peters denied the Isles Michael Grabner with 44 seconds left in the second to maintain the lead after Grabner forced Jay Harrison into a turnover at the blue line.
Radek Dvorak's even-strength goal at 6:39 marked the first time the Canes had scored the first goal of a game for since Jiri Tlusty scored Oct. 19. The opponent that night: the Islanders.
Ron Hainsey, at the blue line, threw the puck toward the net. Dvorak, positioned to the left of Isles goalie Kevin Poulin, redirected the puck for his third of the season.
The Islanders had a strong forecheck and cycle game much of the opening period but put just five shots on goal. Justin Peters' best stop came with less than 10 minutes to play in the period as he went sliding across to get in front of a shot by Thomas Hickey.
Both teams had power plays in the first. The Isles, who allowed four power-play scores Tuesday against Washington, easily killed off their penalty. The Isles failed to score on their power play and now are 0-19 over the past six games.
Canes defenseman Brett Bellemore has in the middle of two scraps in the second period. He dropped the gloves and fought Matt Martin, both earning fighting majors. Bellemore and the Isles Kyle Okposo both were penalized for roughing after a dustup late in the period.
Harrison physically defused one Isles threat in the second. Isles star John Tavares roared into the zone with the puck, only to have Harrison stand him up and flatten him.