Gibson, Ducks hold off Islanders
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[October 12, 2017]
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- If a hockey
team is going to struggle on the power play the way the Anaheim
Ducks have, it pays to have a solid penalty-killing unit and clutch
That was the formula the Ducks used Wednesday night to hold off the
New York Islanders for a 3-2 victory at Honda Center despite being
outshot 41-30 and failing to cash in on five power-play chances.
The Ducks (2-1-1) snapped a two-game losing streak thanks to goals
from Andrew Cogliano, Rickard Rakell and Patrick Eaves, 39 saves
from goaltender John Gibson and a penalty kill unit that held the
Islanders scoreless on five power-play chances of their own.
New York (1-2-1) got two goals from Brock Nelson and 27 saves from
Both teams are now 0-for-15 on the power play this season.
The Ducks scored just 37 seconds into the game when Cogliano
gathered a rebound off a missed shot from Josh Manson and smoothly
guided a backhand shot past Halak for his second goal of the season.
However, after successfully killing a New York power play, the Ducks
lost zip, failing to control the puck or create any kind of real
The Islanders drew even at 1-1 when defensemen Scott Mayfield's shot
from the point was deflected by center Nelson past Gibson at 13:09
of the first.
"We're going to have to find another formula as far as trying to
stimulate our group from the start of the game," said Ducks coach
Randy Carlyle, who earned his 412th career win to move one behind
Hall of Famer Jack Adams for 32nd place all-time. "We scored our
goal, killed a penalty and then we go flat.
"We relied on our goaltender to bail us out. Your goaltender can
only do that so many times. That has to change with our group. We
played better after the first period and got ourselves back into the
Islanders coach Doug Weight saw his team generate several promising
shots both on the power play and from five-on-five situations.
"We did some great things," he said, "but we have to find a way to
put some pucks in the back of the net. This is a game we should
After a first period mostly dominated by the Islanders, who finished
with a 21-6 advantage in shots on goal, Anaheim came out for the
second with more energy, quickly closed the gap in shots and took a
2-1 lead at 8:39.
Rakell deflected a long blast that came off the stick of teammate
Cam Fowler and watched it slide through Halak's pads before the
goalie could react.
It was Rakell's second goal of the season. His solid play, along
with the return of Eaves, who missed the first three games with a
lower-body injury, provided Anaheim with its best lineup of the
season so far.
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Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson (36) blocks a shot against New York
Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) during the first period at Honda
Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Eaves, who scored a career-high 32 goals last season, put the Ducks
up 3-1 at 5:32 of the third period when he gathered a pass from
Manson and ripped a shot past Halak. The crowd, which had been
mostly muted most of the evening, let out one of its largest roars
of the night for the bearded fan favorite, who has 17 career
"I just shot it as hard as I could, really wasn't aiming," Eaves
said. "I didn't have an angle, but Mans (Manson) laid a flat puck
out there for me so I could get a lot on it."
The Islanders did not go away quietly, however.
Nelson scored his second goal of the game at 7:57.
The Ducks appeared to make it 4-2 at 8:32 of the third when Derek
Grant redirected a shot past Halak; but, after a challenge from
Weight, Anaheim was called for being offside upon entering the zone
19 seconds earlier.
It would have been Grant's first career NHL goal.
The overturned goal only temporarily delayed frustration for the
Islanders, however. They opened a four-game trip, which includes
three games in California, by dropping a contest they felt could
have gone their way.
"I think parts of our game are really coming along, and there's
obviously some areas we can clean up," said New York captain John
Tavares, who managed four shots but was mostly held in check. "It's
four games (into the season), so there's no reason to feel panic or
not stick together."
The Ducks travel to Colorado for their first road game of the season
Friday night while the Islanders continue their trip at San Jose on
NOTES: Ducks RW Ondrej Kase did not play after sustaining a head
injury against Calgary on Monday. Coach Randy Carlyle said Kase is
day-to-day. ... Anaheim LW Nick Ritchie (lower-body injury) skated
Wednesday morning but was scratched. ... RW Cal Clutterbuck (hip)
missed his third consecutive game. ... New York RW Josh Ho-Sang
finished with two assists, giving him three on the season.
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