Alexei Yashin assisted on all four Islander goals; it was the 14th (and final) 4+ point game of his career. Poti also drew an assist on Mike Sillinger’s goal with 3:10 to play that forced overtime.
Rick DiPietro made 37 saves for the Isles in his first game back after suffering a groin injury 11 days earlier. Justin Williams scored twice in a 1:50 span for Carolina.
DiPietro noted "Give Sillie credit. His goal gave us a boost of energy. It's just nice to get the win and we absolutely needed the two points."
It was the 5th career overtime goal for Poti, and the only one that he would score as an Islander.
Also on this date (2009) John Tavares is a winner for the first time in his NHL career as the Isles snapped a season-opener 6-game winless streak (0-3-3) with a 4-3 shootout win over Carolina. The Canes had scored twice in 62 seconds in the third period to force the shootout. For more on that game: My "Stat Trick" on Tavares' first win (h/t @Sab31nyi)