RALEIGH, N.C. – Ryan Pulock spun and then pumped his fist as his slap shot from the slot beat Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek to the glove side.
Yeah, the Islanders defenseman had been a little upset with his lack of offensive production.
“It feels good,” Pulock said after scoring his first goal of the season in the Islanders’ 2-1 win at PNC Arena on Sunday. “It’s been a little frustrating at times not being able to chip in offensively.”
Pulock, 24, is being used on a top pair with Nick Leddy and now has a goal and an assist in 10 games.
But the Islanders clearly are expecting more points from him after he compiled 10 goals and 22 assists in 68 games as a rookie.
“I felt I just needed to get that one to hopefully break a seal,” Pulock said. “To be able to get that and for it to be a game winner, it feels good.”
Right wing Cal Clutterbuck (upper body) missed his first game of the season and coach Barry Trotz said he was “day to day, just not today.” Clutterbuck exited Saturday’s 6-1 win at Philadelphia at 6:16 of the second period after trading checks with Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas.
Trotz said Clutterbuck would accompany the Islanders to Pittsburgh for Tuesday night’s game.
Tom Kuhnhackl, playing his third game of the season, took Clutterbuck’s fourth-line spot with center Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin.
The Islanders blocked 20 shots, with 13 of their skaters blocking at least one…Defenseman Luca Sbisa and left wing Ross Johnston remained healthy scratches…The Islanders will not practice on Monday…Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho extended his point streak to 11 games with his second-period assist. That tied Ron Francis’ franchise mark for longest point streak to start the season, which Francis accomplished in 1984-85 with the Hartford Whalers.
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