The Anaheim Ducks and New York Islanders squared off both looking for their first win of the season.
The Islanders came out to play outshooting the Ducks 16-3 in this period. It took Anaheim over 10 minutes before they were able to register a shot on goal. New York had three power plays, which Anaheim was able to kill off all of them. Brock Nelson did score just after the first power play to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead. The Ducks did get a power play in the final moments and carried it over to the second period.
The Ducks couldn’t convert on the power play. The teams each traded power plays, but neither scored with the extra man advantage. Anaheim also received a few additional power plays late in the period, but couldn’t score. The Ducks played a better period creating chances and outshooting the Islanders 13-5. Later in the period Anders Lee redirected a shot off the post, but it stayed out and the score remained 1-0 Islanders.
The Islanders added to their lead on a controversial goal. John Tavares scored after receiving a pass from Cal Clutterbuck, who kicked the puck to Tavares while holding a broken stick. The Ducks protested, but the referees allowed the goal because the play was not reviewable. Anaheim did get on the board 32 seconds later as Cam Fowler ripped a point shot that was deflected in past Jaroslav Halak. Later with just 1:44 left, Anaheim pulled goalie John Gibson for the extra attacker. Ryan Getzlaf tied the game with exactly one minute left in the period after taking a cross-ice pass and blasting it past Halak. The game headed to overtime tied at two.
In overtime, Josh Bailey danced around the Ducks players and scored the game winner just 54 seconds into the extra session.
Unlike Anaheim’s previous two games, they got off to slow start in the first period. Gibson played a much better game as opposed to the season opener. He made solid saves and kept the Ducks in the game. If not for the missed call on the Islanders second goal, Anaheim could have come away with two points tonight. Despite all the trade rumors, Cam Fowler scored his team-leading second goal. He and Andrew Cogliano led the team with two goals each.
Entering the third period, Carlyle changed the top three forward lines to try to generate some offense. Getzlaf and Corey Perry were split up. Nick Ritchie and Jakob Silfverberg skated with Getzlaf. Perry was lined up with Antoine Vermette and Cogliano. Ryan Kesler skated with wingers Mason Raymond and Nick Sorensen. The line changes paid off as Anaheim was able to get two goals and at least one point out of this contest.
Fowler and Cogliano lead Anaheim with two goals each.
Getzlaf factored into both goals and leads the team with four total points(1 G + 3 A).
The Ducks again dominated in the face-off circle winning 61% of the draws.
Anaheim heads to New Jersey to face the Devils on Tuesday at 4 PM PT.
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