The New York Islanders made a late push, but could not overcome a third-period deficit, falling 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday afternoon at Nassau Coliseum.
Casey Cizikas made it a one-goal game with 5:36 to play in the third period, but Andrew Cogliano’s goal late in the second period held up as the eventual game winner and the Islanders’ home winless streak reached seven games (0-6-1).
“We had our chances, but just didn’t put them in,” John Tavares said. “We’re not getting the results and it’s frustrating.”
Frederik Andersen denied several quality scoring chances, making 29 saves in the win. Andersen stretched out with the blocker and robbed Tyler Kennedy on a one timer early in the second period and was the Ducks best penalty killer on an extended five-on-three Isles power play. Andersen denied Tavares and Ryan Strome on a pair of one timers down low, marking the turning point in Saturday’s contest.
“You have to try to find a way to score [on the power play], especially against a team like that,” Head Coach Jack Capuano said. “Their guy made some key saves. We had enough chances to score, but it all comes back to the power play tonight.”
Rickard Rakell opened the scoring for the Ducks in the first period, corralling his own rebound in the corner and firing a pass off Nick Leddy and in at 8:23.
The Ducks hemmed the Islanders in their own end for much of the period, but the Isles evened the score before the first intermission. Lubomir Visnovsky – returning from a five-game absence – blasted a point shot off Simon Despres and past Frederik Andersen at 17:08.
The Ducks regained the lead early in the second period, as Matt Beleskey’s shot fell to Kyle Palmieri in front of the net. Palmieri spun around and swept a backhander around Michal Neuvirth at 1:46.
The Islanders dictated the play during their two-man advantage, but the missed opportunities came at a cost, as Cogliano made it a 3-1 game three minutes after the power play expired, faking a shot on a semi-breakaway before pulling the puck around a downed Neuvirth at 15:11.
“We have a lot of skill in here, but we have to limit the turnovers and just do the right things,” Johnny Boychuk said. “When we try to get a bit fancy, we bite ourselves.”
Cizikas pulled the Islanders to within one with 5:36 to play, as Matt Martin’s pressure behind the goalline caused Clayton Stoner to gift a pass to Cizikas in front of the net. Cizikas wasted no time potting it short side behind Andersen.
The Islanders return to the Coliseum Sunday evening, as they host the Detroit Red Wings at 5 p.m.