A one-minute, 39-second span of the first period gave the Islanders all their goals, knocked Curtis McElhinney out of the game, and ended the Ducks’ three-game winning streak all in one fell swoop.
The Islanders ended a six-game losing streak and won just their second game since Oct. 23, a span during which they are now 2-17-3. They did it on first-period goals by P.A. Parenteau (15:06), Blake Comeau (15:34) and Matt Moulson (16:45), the last of which spelled the end of Curtis McElhinney’s night.
“Being down 3-0 after 10, 15 minutes, it’s a tough hole to climb out of – doesn’t matter who you play,” Ducks winger Corey Perry said. “Those are things that we can’t let happen. Last night was a big, emotional win for us, playing Washington. We came in here and we didn’t play hockey until 15 minutes (in).”
It was Military Appreciation Night at Honda Center on Wednesday.
Other than Saku Koivu’s third-period goal, Curtis McElhinney’s 27-save shutout, and Luca Sbisa’s return to the NHL, there wasn’t much else to appreciate in the Ducks’ fifth straight win.
Saku Koivu’s overtime goal completed a comeback from a 4-2 deficit against the Islanders.
Koivu stole the puck in the neutral zone, beat a pair of defensemen and finished the rush with a goal on Martin Biron — his second game-winning goal in as many games.
The victory was the Ducks’ third straight. Lubomir Visnovsky scored two more goals, including the game-tying goal with 32 seconds left in regulation and the Ducks skating 6-on-5.
“Luckily enough, our
power play delivered a big goal for us and we got another one late with
goaltender out,” head coach Randy Carlyle said. “Then 13 seconds into overtime, Saku scores a big-time
we are feeling pretty good about ourselves. For the first 40-plus
of the game, we weren’t feeling that good about what was going on out