ANAHEIM (AP) — John Gibson made 38 saves and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Islanders 3-2 on Wednesday night, ending a four-game losing streak to New York.
Andrew Cogliano, Rickard Rakell and Patrick Eaves all scored for the Ducks, who won despite being outshot 41-30.
Ryan Getzlaf rocketed a pass from the far boards to Josh Manson on the opposite side of the ice. The defenseman’s shot ricocheted off the pads of Jaroslav Halak to the front of the net. Corey Perry and Nick Leddy both whiffed on their attempts to corral the puck, but the on-rushing Cogliano backhand attempt beat the goaltender to give the Ducks their first lead in the opening period this season only 37 seconds into the game.
Brock Nelson tied the game tipping Scott Mayfield’s blueline shot through traffic up and over the glove of John Gibson.
Beyond the opening flurry, the Islanders controlled the play in the first period, outshooting Anaheim 21-6.
Midway through the second, Anaheim took a 2-1 lead. Cam Fowler ripped a shot from the top of the circle towards the net. Rakell deflected the puck down the ice and it bounced through the collapsing five-hole of Halak.
Shortly after Anaheim killed its fifth penalty of the game, Eaves put the Ducks up by two. Eaves returned to the lineup after missing the entire preseason and the first three games of the regular season with a lingering lower-body injury.
New York responded 90 seconds later.
Brock Nelson scored his second goal from just a few feet in front of the Ducks goaltender. Gibson had his glove outstretched and the puck flew right over it.
Anthony Beauvillier was sent off the ice for holding to give the Ducks their fourth power play of the game. Derek Grant appeared to score.
Islanders head coach Doug Weight challenged the goal asserting the Ducks were offside. After review, the goal was overturned. New York proceeded to kill the remaining 26 seconds left on the penalty.
Anaheim fended off a last minute flurry from New York, but Gibson continued to stand on his head for the win.
NOTES: Ondrej Kase, injured in Monday’s game, is day-to-day with an upper-body injury … During second period TV time-out, Ducks honored 20 Orange County residents who were injured, or acted as first responders during the Las Vegas mass shooting.
Islanders: Visit San Jose on Saturday night.
Ducks: Visit Colorado on Friday night.
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