UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Carolina Hurricanes won a game, facing a franchise-record 60 shots, but lost two players to injury Saturday at Nassau Coliseum, making a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders bittersweet.
Chad LaRose scored his first two goals of the season, including the game-winner at 7:11 of the third period. Goalie Cam Ward made a franchise-high 57 saves and stopped the Islanders' Doug Weight on a penalty shot with a second to play to preserve the victory.
But everyone was concerned, and Canes coach Peter Laviolette upset, about Weight's big hit on Brandon Sutter in the third period that left the rookie center unconscious. The Canes also lost defenseman Joni Pitkanen to an apparent knee injury.
Sutter was carrying the puck into the Islanders' zone and had his head down when Weight hit him in the head with his shoulder.
Sutter, on the ice for several minutes before being helped off, was taken to a local hospital for treatment and observation, Laviolette said. No penalty was called on the play, but Laviolette said the NHL should legislate such hits out of the game.
Sutter will be kept overnight for further observation, a Canes spokesman said. Pitkanen, who did not return after the second intermission, will return to Raleigh for further evaluation of what could be a strain.
LaRose plucked the puck out of the air in the Islanders zone, then fired a low shot past goalie Rick DiPietro at 3:43 of the first period. It was his first goal and point of the season.
Rod Brind'Amour scored on a rebound of a Joe Corvo shot at 8:49. Brind'Amour won a faceoff in the Islanders zone, pushing the puck back to Corvo, then charged the net for his fourth goal of the season.
After Freddy Meyer's goal made it a 2-1 game in the second period, Eric Staal picked off a Meyer pass in the Islanders zone and fired the puck past Joey MacDonald, who replaced DiPietro after the first period.
The Islanders outshot the Canes 60-28, with 43 shots in the final two periods. Ward's previous high in a game was 42 saves, which he has done twice.
"Cam played very well. He was really, really sharp," Laviolette said.
The previous high against the franchise was 59 shots, by Minnesota in a 7-6 over the then-Hartford Whalers on Nov. 2, 1982. The Whalers' Mike Veisor had 52 saves in the game, which stood as the franchise record until Saturday.
In the closing seconds, with the Islanders firing away at Ward and the puck loose, defenseman Tim Gleason put his glove on the puck in the crease. Gleason had his stick knocked away and said he was trying to knock the puck away
"Those last five seconds seemed like five minutes," Gleason said. "There was scrum in front of the net, I didn't have a stick and I tried to swipe at it.
"As soon as you put your glove on top of it, it's a penalty shot. Obviously I wasn't thinking penalty shot, just get the thing out of there."