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Ducks 4, Islanders 2

The Ducks scored three unanswered goals in the third period to shutdown the Isles

Saturday, 01.07.2012 / 2:05 AM / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Ducks 4, Islanders 2
In the only meeting of the season between the Islanders and the Anaheim Ducks, it was the Ducks who were able to capitalize on mistakes and beat the visitors 4-2 at the Honda Center.

The Ducks surge began in the third period with a shorthanded goal from Bobby Ryan, his second tally of the night. Breaking into the offensive zone, Ryan beat Kyle Okposo and Andrew MacDonald before deking goaltender Evgeni Nabokov at 9:22, tying it at 2.

“It’s a tough way to lose,” Okposo said. “We were up 2-1 in the third period and we still want to push our offense, but we gave up a shortie. Albeit, against a very skilled player, and he made a highly skilled play, but we have to respond after that and we didn’t. They did. That was the difference in this game.”

Ryan’s linemate, Ryan Getzlaf, put the Ducks ahead for good at 12:25 with both teams down a man. He  roofed the puck over Nabokov’s shoulder with his backhand to make it 3-2.

“We really didn’t have much trouble until the third period,” Islanders forward Brian Rolston said. “They ended up getting a 4-on-4 goal. I thought we played them pretty tight all night, but we just gave up that one 4-on-4 goal to (Ryan) Getzlaf and that was a tough one.”

Teemu Selanne netted the final goal of the night with a one-timer that went five-hole at 17:06.

The Islanders outshot the Ducks 8-3 in the first period and hit three posts, but wouldn’t find the back of the net to keep the game scoreless through the first. Ryan scored his first goal of the night at 14:18 of the second period, just seconds after the Ducks power play ended, giving the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

“We had some really good chances,” Rolston said. “In the first period, I hit the post twice and had a couple good opportunities. We were just snake bit there a little in the first.”

Matt Martin knocked in a loose puck at 16:04 to even the score at one. It truly was a slow-motion style goal as the puck paused on the goal line for a couple seconds during commotion in the crease before Martin tapped it in.

“It was a shot from the point and poked it at the net,” Martin said. “It got the stuck at the goal line, I was wondering how I was going to get at it. Luckily I got my stick on it before he (Hiller) was able to cover it up.”

Okposo made it 2-1 as he converted a pass from John Tavares with his one-timer right at the top of the crease at 6:20 of the third.

PA Parenteau had multiple opportunities throughout the night, including one change to give the Isles a two-goal lead by burying a shot on Jonas Hiller low glove side by rushing toward the crease, but the Ducks netminder made a solid play to stop the Isles forward.

“We had our chances to put it away,” Parenteau said. “We played a strong game besides a few shifts in the third. It’s unfortunate. We had a good thing going right now. These are the games we have to win… The good thing is we have another game tomorrow, right away.”

The Islanders faceoff against the Phoenix Coyotes at 8 p.m. Saturday night.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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