Key play: Cal Clutterbuck, standing all alone in front of the net, scored 9:35 into the second period to give the New York Islanders a two-goal lead en route to a 4-1 victory over the defenseless Ducks on Friday at the Honda Center.
Pivotal performance: Ducks backup goaltender Anton Khudobin made several potentially game-changing saves in relief of No. 1 netminder Frederik Andersen. His best might have been his third-period theft of what looked like a sure goal for the Islanders’ John Tavares to keep the score 3-1.
Line shifts: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau stayed with a top line of left wing Rickard Rakell, center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Corey Perry for the second consecutive game. Boudreau also played center Ryan Kesler between Patrick Maroon and Chris Stewart for the first time.
Quote, unquote: “We’ve got to put some wins together,” Boudreau said. “It’s as simple as A B C. … We’re in pockets right now. We play good in pockets and good in little times. We have two lines going and not two lines going. Three defense going and not three defense going. It’s getting together and doing it all the time and all the same is what we have to do.”
Milestone moment: Perry’s second-period goal was the 301st of his career, moving him past Paul Kariya into second place on the Ducks’ all-time list. Teemu Selanne holds the franchise record with 457 goals, set in two stints with the club.
Between the pipes: Khudobin made his fifth appearance with the Ducks and the first since a 1-0 shutout last Saturday against the San Jose Sharks. Thomas Greiss started for the Islanders, one night after Jaroslav Halak started in a 2-1 loss Thursday to the Kings.