Islanders 2, Ducks 1.

The difference in this game was theaforementioned performance of J-S Giguere; if you exclude the two goals he allowed in the first period (on the Islanders’ first seven shots), this is a spectacular goalie duel between Jonas Hiller and Jann Danis.

Instead, it’s the Ducks’ second straight loss and their sixth in their last eight games heading into the All-Star break. The Islanders were riding an 8-game losing streak of their own coming into this one.

A bummer of a defeat, for sure, since it may have dropped the Ducks out of the current playoff picture. They are currently tied for the final playoff spot, two points ahead of Minnesota and three ahead of Columbus, but Minnesota has three games in hand and Columbus has two.

You can’t blame this one on the Ducks’ offense, they led New York 40-14 in shots on goal, 35-12 in scoring chances, and did a good job staying out of the penalty box, taking one minor to the Isles’ five. Bobby Ryan scored the lone goal, jamming in a rebound off a Corey Perry shot on a second-period power play. But Danis was otherwise perfect, basically stealing the win.

The lines for this game were, for the third straight a game, a veritable hodgepodge of forwards:





The good news for the Ducks? Six days before their next game, Jan. 27 in Phoenix.

Game stats here; event summary here.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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