Some late heroics have the Ducks riding a four-game winning streak. Anaheim will look to deal the slumping New York Islanders an eighth straight loss this evening at Honda Center.

Ducks Win Streak Reaches Five, Beat Islanders At Home 1-0

The Ducks have won their last four contests, including two overtime wins.

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Ducks Win At Home Against Slumping Islanders

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Curtis McElhinney stopped all 27 shots he faced for the first shutout of his career as the Anaheim Ducks took a 1-0 win over the New York Islanders at Honda Center.

Saku Koivu scored the lone goal on assists from Cam Fowler and Teemu Selanne for the Ducks, who have won their past five games.

Dwayne Roloson was tagged with the loss as he gave up the goal on 14 shots for the Islanders, who are struggling through an eight-game losing streak.

It’s the first eight-game slide for New York since Jan. 2-19, 2009.

The first two periods passed scoreless as Roloson needed to stop just seven shots while McElhinney turned aside 18.

At the 3:40 mark of the third period, the Ducks took the lead.

After McElhinney made a couple of big stops at the Anaheim end, the puck went down the other end. Selanne took the disc into the New York zone down the left wing and left a drop pass for Fowler at the left circle. From there Fowler fired a pass over to the slot where Koivu blew a one-timer past Roloson.

McElhinney stopped all nine shots he faced in the third period and helped to kill off two New York power plays to help Anaheim hold on for the win.

Game Notes

Anaheim hosts Dallas on Friday…The Isles continue their west coast swing in San Jose on Thursday…The Ducks have taken three of the last four against the Islanders…The Islanders have been held to two goals or less in each of their last six games and have been outscored 32-12 on their eight-game slide…Anaheim has won five straight for the first time since Jan. 5-13 last season.

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Ducks Vs. Islanders: Luca Sbisa Recalled, Danny Syvret Assigned To Syracuse

The Anaheim Ducks continued their busy day of transactions before tonight's contest with the New York Islanders at Honda Center. The club announced today that Luca Sbisa was recalled from and Danny Syvret was assigned to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL in a swap of defensemen. Earlier in the day, the Ducks assigned both Dan Sextion and Matt Beleskey to Syracuse.

Sbisa played in two games with the Ducks earlier this season. Syvret scored one goal and had one assist for the Ducks in six games this season. Both Sbisa and Syvret have split time between Anaheim and Syracuse this season. Arthur from Anaheim Calling analyzed what the transactions mean for the Ducks going forward:

If Sbisa wins a spot, Anaheim has to start considering what to do when Sutton gets back.  Lilja, Brookbank and Mara have all had their troubles.  Mara has struggled recently, Brookbank has struggled throughout except for his last two games and Lilja has been inconsistent from shift to shift, certainly nothing that could hold back a confident Sbisa.  Still, with Mara playing well with Fowler and Brookbank being a two year contract, the most logical odd man out in a healthy Sutton situation is Lilja.  That's assuming you're dumping the contract.

The Ducks look to extend their winning streak to five games tonight against the Islanders, who have lost seven games in a row.

For more Anaheim Ducks news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Anaheim Calling.

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Ducks Vs. Islanders: Dan Sexton, Matt Beleskey Assigned To Syracuse

The Anaheim Ducks, currently on a four-game winning streak, are applying the old adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" with their roster. The club announced today that right wing Dan Sexton and left wing Matt Beleskey were assigned to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League. Both players were coming off injuries.

Sexton missed the last seven games after breaking his nose over two weeks ago. Sexton, 23, played seven games for the Ducks this season, averaging 11:28 of ice time. Beleskey missed six games after suffering a concussion against Dallas. The 22-year old has two assists in 10 games this season for the Ducks.

Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register caught up with Ducks' coach Randy Carlyle about the roster moves:

"I think both players, if you look at the statistics, didn’t really have great starts. Beleskey had a great training camp and then had a groin injury and has never really been able to get back up to speed. Sexton’s been a kid that’s played a lot of hockey just before he got hurt and he was zeroes across the board.

"We felt those players are best suited to go down and get their game turned around. They have an opportunity to go to the American Hockey League and do that."

The Ducks look to extend their four-game winning streak tonight at Honda Center, against the New York Islanders, who have lost seven straight contests.

For more Anaheim Ducks news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Anaheim Calling.

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Ducks Host Islanders At Honda Center Looking For Fifth Straight Win

(Sports Network) - Some late heroics have the Ducks riding a four-game winning streak. Anaheim will look to deal the slumping New York Islanders an eighth straight loss this evening at Honda Center. The Ducks concluded a three-game homestand with a perfect record on Sunday thanks to defenseman Paul Mara's goal with just 1.7 seconds left in regulation for a 5-4 victory over the Predators. It was fellow blueliner Lubomir Visnovsky's turn on Tuesday as he notched the game-winner with 32.6 ticks left in overtime to give his team a 3-2 triumph over the Sharks.

Jonas Hiller finished with 39 saves, including 21 in the third period, and Corey Perry and Jason Blake scored in regulation for the Ducks, who hadn't won back-to-back games this season prior to this winning streak. Anaheim guns for a fifth straight victory tonight for the first time since Jan. 5-13.

"We found a way to play together. We didn't play at our best, but we found a way to win," Hiller said.

Anaheim returns home for two straight and is 5-1-1 as the host this season.

Home ice hasn't helped the Ducks lately versus the Islanders, who are 2-0-1 with a tie in their last for trips to the Honda Center. New York is 4-1-1 in the last six meetings overall, but did lose a 5-4 overtime decision in Anaheim on March 19. Saku Koivu had the game-winner 14 seconds into OT and Visnovsky scored twice.

Curtis McElhinney got the win in relief of Hiller, who allowed three goals on 17 shots. McElhinney made 13 saves in his first ever appearance against the Islanders.

New York heads out west for three straight games and is slated to make stops in Anaheim, San Jose and Los Angeles. The Islanders have been held to two goals or less in each of their last five games and have been outscored 31-12 on their seven-game slide.

The Isles, who haven't won since Oct. 21, have been out of action since Saturday's 2-1 setback to the Flyers. Dwayne Roloson played well in defeat, making 24 saves, while Matt Moulson had the lone goal.

"We pretty much took it to them for the first two periods and then the third period got away from us a little bit," Moulson said. "We didn't get that pressure going that we had on them in the second. They played it simple, chipped it in and got a lucky bounce for the goal."

New York is trying to avoid its first eight-game slide since Jan. 2-19, 2009 and has also lost five straight on the road, where it is 2-6-1 this season. Roloson is 8-7-2 with a tie and 2.58 goals-against average in his career versus the Ducks, while Rick DiPietro is 2-1-0 with a 1.67 GAA.

For more Anaheim Ducks news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Anaheim Calling.

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