The Islanders gained a point to keep them ahead of the Hurricanes in the wild-card standings, but they missed a chance to create a little breathing room as they lost their sixth consecutive game.
Vincent Trocheck scored early in overtime and the Hurricanes ended a four-game losing streak, beating the Islanders 3-2 Saturday.
Trocheck notched his first goal with the Hurricanes on a power play 1:36 into the extra session.
During a scramble in front of the New York net, Trocheck knocked the puck past goaltender Thomas Greiss after teammate Andrei Svechnikov appeared to possibly tap the puck off the crossbar with a high stick.
The goal was confirmed after a lengthy review by the officials. It looked as though Svechnikov’s stick was above the crossbar, but the league ruled his stick was below his shoulders and therefore a good goal.
“I thought we played hard, I thought we played a pretty fully 60,” Bailey said. “We just fell a little short. Not sure about the goal in overtime.”
“I was feeling like I wasn’t getting any bounces those first few games,” said Trocheck, acquired from Florida on Feb. 24. “To finally get one and for it to be an OT winner definitely something I’ll remember.”
The win kept Carolina two points back of the Islanders and Blue Jackets, who occupy the two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference.
“Every shift matters,” Carolina head coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “It’s all coming down to details and those little things that we’re talking about. The shot blocks and they all get magnified this time of year.”
Bailey tied the game at 2 for the Islanders with just under five minutes to play in the third period. Noah Dobson took a shot that goalie Anton Forsberg kicked away, but the rebound went right to Bailey for the goal.
Forsberg made 24 saves for the Hurricanes as he picked up his first win of the season. Ryan Pulock also scored for New York and Greiss made 25 saves.
Haydn Fleury opened the scoring at 13:22 of the first period. The Carolina defenseman beat Greiss on his glove side for his fifth goal of the season and second in three games.
Pulock tied the game with a shot from the point 5:15 into the second. Anders Lee stripped Brady Skjei of the puck in the corner to set Pulock up for the one-timer from just inside the faceoff circle. Pulock scored in his third straight game.