Ducks Fall In Deep Hole Early, Fail To Dig Themselves Out In Loss To Islanders

The Ducks have split a pair of games with the Islanders this season, with each team winning at home.

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Ducks Vs. Islanders: New York Rides Three First-Period Goals To 3-2 Win

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Matt Moulson scored what eventually was the decisive goal to cap a three-goal outburst in the first period, and the New York Islanders held on for a much-needed 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at Nassau Coliseum. P.A. Parenteau and Blake Comeau also tallied for the Islanders, who recorded just their second win in 22 games and broke a six-game December losing streak.

Rick DiPietro was solid between the pipes with 30 saves, including 12 in the final period to hold on for the win. Joffrey Lupul and Jason Blake both tallied a goal and an assist for Anaheim, which had a three-game win streak snapped. Curtis McElhinney stopped just 9- of-12 shots during the first period before he was pulled and replaced by Jonas Hiller, who turned away all 17 shots he faced.

The Islanders three-goal rally spanned 99 seconds during the opening period. The first came at the 15:06 mark when John Tavares worked the puck from behind the net and centered it to Parenteau, who knocked it home on the power play. Just 28 seconds later, the Islanders scored on a similar play but it was Rob Schremp centering it from the back boards to Comeau, who rifled it past McElhinney from the high slot.

Good things came in threes for the Islanders as they found the back of the net after Moulson stole the puck at the left circle. He carried the puck into the slot and finished with a backhand to take a 3-0 edge. McElhinney was pulled after the goal and Hiller replaced him -- Hiller never saw a shot the remainder of the opening period. The Ducks got on the board during the final seconds of a power play in the second period. Saku Koivu controlled the puck on the right side of the net and made a pass across the crease to Lupul, who jammed it past DiPietro.

The lead was cut to one only a minute and a half into the final period on Blake's tally. But the Ducks could not finish the comeback despite outshooting the Islanders 13-7 in the final frame. Anaheim even had a power play during the final five minutes of play and had a sixth attacker during the last minute, but failed to convert. The Ducks are 6-7-3 as the visiting team this season...Ducks winger Teemu Selanne has missed the last four games because of a groin injury...The Ducks had taken three of four against the Islanders coming into the game.

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

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Ducks Vs. Islanders: Anaheim Looks For Fourth Straight Win

(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks will aim for a fourth consecutive victory when they visit the lowly New York Islanders this evening at Nassau Coliseum. In addition to winning their last three games, the Ducks have also gone five straight without a regulation loss, posting a 4-0-1 record during that span. Anaheim began its longest road trip of the season last night in Washington and the Ducks recorded a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Capitals. Ryan Getzlaf scored the game-winning goal with 57 seconds left in overtime when he wristed a shot from the left circle that went high past Semyon Varlamov.

"It was a one-on-one situation on the boards," Getzlaf said. "I was kind of waiting for help and I was able to get loose for a second and get a shot through." Joffrey Lupul had the other goal for Anaheim, while Jonas Hiller had 31 saves in the win. "When you play such a skilled team like Washington you have to play together," Hiller said.

Tonight marks the second of seven straight on the road for the Ducks, who are 6-7-3 as the visiting team this season. Anaheim will visit Carolina this Saturday before making stops in Boston, Buffalo, Los Angeles and Phoenix. Ducks winger Teemu Selanne has missed the last three games because of a groin injury and is questionable for tonight's contest.

The Islanders, meanwhile, have managed just one win in nearly two months and are also currently locked in a six-game losing streak. New York's latest setback came Monday evening in Nashville, as the Predators routed the Islanders, 5-0. Patric Hornqvist scored two goals and rookie Anders Lindback made 28 saves to record the shutout at Bridgestone Arena. Dwayne Roloson stopped 21 shots for the Islanders, who are 1-17-3 in their last 21 games and are dead last in the NHL with just 15 points on the year.

Tonight's tilt is the first of a three-game homestand for the Isles, who are 3-7-2 as the host this year and have lost three straight at the Coliseum since beating the New Jersey Devils there on Nov. 26. The Isles lost a 1-0 regulation decision in Anaheim on Nov. 10, marking the third win in the last four meetings for the Ducks. However, Anaheim has lost three of its last four tests on Long Island.

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

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