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Lehner, Islanders shut out Ducks for fifth win in row

Makes 19 saves, Clutterbuck scores twice in first period for New York

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

Clutterbuck's second of the game

ANA@NYI: Clutterbuck goes top shelf for his second

Cal Clutterbuck jumps on a rebound in the slot and buries a quick shot to notch his second goal of the 1st and extend the Islanders' lead

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Robin Lehner made 19 saves for the New York Islanders in their fifth straight win, 3-0 against the Anaheim Ducks at Nassau Coliseum on Sunday.

Cal Clutterbuck scored two goals for New York (29-15-4), which has won 15 of its past 18 games and has not allowed a goal in 132:53 (shut out Washington Capitals 2-0 on Friday).

"It's nice, but it's still January," Clutterbuck said. "It's just an affirmation that the style that we have and the work we've been putting in and the structure is a winning structure.


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"It's fun. It's a special group of guys; it always has been. I'm happy for a lot of guys in this room who are able to be playing well and playing to their potential."

It was Lehner's 15th win of the season; he won 14 games with the Buffalo Sabres in 2017-18. Lehner has won 11 of his past 12 games and has allowed two goals or fewer in 11 of his past 14 starts.

Video: Lehner earns Sunday's Pepsi Zero Sugar Shutout

"Keep playing the way we are; there's no reason to deviate now," said Lehner, who lowered his NHL-leading goals-against average to 2.02. "We're starting to play our game, we're playing very consistent. We're just frustrating the other teams, I think."

Chad Johnson made 25 saves for Anaheim (21-20-9), which won its previous two games after losing 12 in a row (0-8-4).

The Ducks, who went 2-2-1 on a five-game road trip, have scored two goals or fewer in 10 of their past 15 games.

"It just seemed they had more energy than we did right off the bat," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "We take a too many men on the ice penalty that opened the door for them. You know you're going to have to weather a storm in most buildings coming off a back-to-back. They're a good hockey club that's pushing for first place, and we knew that they would come with some energy."

Clutterbuck gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 4:50 of the first period. Josh Bailey found Clutterbuck skating into the slot, where he sent a wrist shot past Johnson's blocker.

Video: ANA@NYI: Clutterbuck snaps home Bailey's feed for PPG

Clutterbuck then made it 2-0 at 9:56 on a rebound in the slot after Johnson made the save on Adam Pelech's shot from the point. He has four goals in his past five games.

"It's nice," said Clutterbuck, who had eight goals in 76 games last season. "I was kind of snakebit here even halfway through last year. It's nice to be able to get a couple here."

Lehner kept the game 2-0 when he slid to his right to make the save against Josh Manson on a breakaway 1:42 into the second period.

"Those are the chances that we have to answer," Carlyle said. "You get it to 2-1 and it's a totally different hockey game. We did some good things, but we didn't do a lot of generating anything off the rush."

Leo Komarov gave the Islanders a 3-0 lead at 19:31 of the second when he redirected Devon Toews' wrist shot from the left point.

Video: ANA@NYI: Komarov redirects Toews' shot past Johnson

Lehner preserved the shutout with 2:56 remaining when he made the save on Derek Grant's wrist shot from the slot after a turnover by Bailey.

"They're big," Clutterbuck said of Lehner and Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss. "Robin's a house and makes [Greiss] look small, but [Greiss] is a cottage if you want to compare the two.

"They've been solid for us; there's no other way to put it."


They said it

"I don't think we lacked energy; I thought we were there energy-wise. We had opportunities, they just didn't go in. Once they got the lead, they were pretty hard to play against. They're pretty stingy around the net. As much as we could control of the puck, it's hard to get inside and get some looks, and if you do, you're not getting second chances." -- Ducks goalie Chad Johnson


"You have a lot of fun when you win, you just do. You feel good about yourself, you've got energy. But if you're going to have any success, you just have to remember that you have to put a lot of hard work into it to have that success. Don't let it slip and demand the same things that you demanded from training camp on, no matter where you are in the standings." -- Islanders coach Barry Trotz


Need to know

Clutterbuck has outscored the opposition over the Islanders' past five games, 4-3. … Ducks forward Rickard Rakell's four-game point streak ended. … Bailey has a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists). … Pelech has three assists in the past two games.


What's next

Ducks: Host the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-MW, NHL.TV)

Islanders: At the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; WGN, MSG+, NHL.TV)

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