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Ducks hand Islanders 10th straight loss

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM -- It was understandable that the Anaheim Ducks would have difficulty ramping it back up after a 2-0-2 run against the Western Conference's top teams. But when the second period got underway Monday night, Anaheim obliterated any notions of a letdown.

Andrew Cogliano, Cam Fowler and Corey Perry scored on arguably some of the best hockey highlights of the season in a 13-minute span to lead the Ducks to a 5-2 win against the New York Islanders at Honda Center.

The Ducks remain the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss at home (11-0-2) and joined the Chicago Blackhawks with a League-best 47 points. The win came after a four-game set against the San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues, and Anaheim acknowledged having to re-energize.

"You're only human," said Perry, who scored his 19th and 20th goals. "Those things are going to happen. We knew last week was a big, emotional week for us. We had to get ourselves up for this one as well. Coming off a high on the week … those are big games for us. We knew what he had to do coming into tonight. The first period wasn't what we wanted, but we turned it around in the second and third period."

Cogliano got it started when he slammed home an amazing no-look feed from Daniel Winnik through traffic to tie it at 2-2 at 12:41 of the second. Fowler started and finished a 3-on-1 with a tap-in of Matt Beleskey's pass at 19:27 for his first career shorthanded goal.

Perry topped it 31 seconds later when he toe dragged the puck around Calvin de Haan, fell to his knees and still lifted the puck into the right side of the net for a 4-2 lead. Perry added a tap-in power-play goal in the third and has a career-high six-game goal-scoring streak.

"I knew there were only a few seconds left," Perry said. "I had to make a move. The guy tripped me as I was falling on my knees. I shot and it found a way to squeak in."

Asked where ranked on his highlight list, Perry said, "I'm happy it went in."

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf got an assist and has points in the past 14 games he has played, and Winnik was later credited with a career-high three assists.

The highlight goals somewhat overshadowed a defense led by Jonas Hiller, who stopped 35 of 37 shots and helped Anaheim manage a stagnant start. In Hiller, Viktor Fasth and Frederik Andersen, the Ducks boast three quality goaltenders, but Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau's comments reinforced that Hiller remains the No.1.

"I thought today he was completely the difference in the game," Boudreau said.

The Islanders are winless in 10 straight games (0-8-2), their longest since a franchise-record 14-game streak in 2010. They lost a franchise-record 10th straight game on the road, all in regulation. New York has not scored more than two goals in eight straight games and has 11 goals total in that span.

"When we make our mistakes, they're costing us," captain John Tavares said. "We can't seem to figure out some of our breakdowns. Even times when you hope that things can kind of your way, they're just not. We did some good things, but like I said in the last few weeks, good things aren't what we want. We want wins, points and to move up in the standings. That's what matters. It's disappointing once again."

Before Anaheim's scoring outburst, the first half of the game was mostly about the Saku Koivu shutdown line against the Tavares line.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano had called out his top trio (Tavares, Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo) for being too cute, and it responded with two goals in another strong opening road period for New York. Tavares won a faceoff and Vanek snapped a rolling puck past Hiller for his ninth goal at 4:17 of the second for a 2-1 lead.

Tavares got his 12th goal on the power play when he banged home Vanek's pass from the slot at 9:17 of the first period.

Capuano liked how the Tavares line rebounded but said, "We generate a lot, we can't score. I don't know what to tell you."

It doesn't help Capuano and the Islanders to try and match up against the Getzlaf line, which has combined for 40 points over the past 12 games. Its 45 goals are the most among any three teammates in the NHL.

"I always said, honestly, that before the changes here, that the Getzlaf-Perry-[Bobby] Ryan was probably the toughest line to defend," Capuano said. "Dustin [Penner's] a big man. He's a big body … you try to maintain D-side position and containment against those guys, but with the size and reach they have, it's pretty amazing they do what they do."

Koivu scored his first goal since the home opener Oct.10, when he backhanded Fowler's rebound from the right side at 15:54 of the first before Winnik and Cogliano connected to make it 2-2.

The Ducks didn't put a shot on goal until 9:20 of the first period. Koivu's stick prevented Tavares from scoring on a wraparound in the opening minutes, and Anaheim took interference and too-many-men penalties in the first 13:12.

Anaheim defenseman Mark Fistric left the game with an upper body injury. Boudreau said he is day-to-day.

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