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Islanders defeat Ducks in long shootout

Defenseman Nick Leddy scores in 14th round to give New York first road win

by Abbey Mastracco / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Defenseman Nick Leddy scored in the 14th round of the shootout to give the New York Islanders a 3-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Tuesday.

It was the longest shootout in Islanders and Ducks history.

"It was long. You're just hoping someone gets a goal," said New York goalie Thomas Greiss, who made a season-high 39 saves. "It's not too tiring. You focus on the guy, figure out what you're going to do, and worry about that."

The win was the first on road this season (1-4-1) for the Islanders, who had had lost four games in a row (0-2-2).

 

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Anaheim rookie defenseman Shea Theodore scored in the top half of the 12th round, but New York defenseman Thomas Hickey jammed the puck underneath goalie Jonathan Bernier's pad in the bottom half to extend the shootout. The goal was upheld by video review.

"We needed the point so badly," Hickey said. "It was a big step against a good hockey team on the road, and hopefully we can string something together there."

Adam Pelech and Josh Bailey scored for the Islanders (6-8-4), who played the first of a three-game California road trip.

Hickey gave much of the credit for the victory to Greiss.

"He's such a calm presence back there, even in the shootout," Hickey said. "It's funny watching him play sometimes. He's like an old school, stand-up goalie. He's just comfortable in there, and it rubs off on everyone else, and that was big today."

The Islanders scored four times after captain John Tavares beat Bernier in the fourth round for their first goal on 10 shootout attempts this season. The five shootout goals were the most in their history.

Video: NYI@ANA: Leddy caps an Isles win in 14-round shootout

Cam Fowler and Rickard Rakell scored for Anaheim (9-7-4), and Bernier made 33 saves.

The Ducks are 0-4 in games decided past regulation.

"You can't get too down with it," coach Randy Carlyle said. "We've got to stay at an even keel and get ourselves ready for a big game on Friday."

Anaheim outshot New York 7-1 in overtime after spending most of the third period in the Islanders zone.

The Ducks tied it 2-2 at 9:08 of the third when Rakell one-timed a pass from Corey Perry off the rush. They had a chance to take the lead with 1:12 remaining, 10 seconds after they killed a Nick Ritchie holding penalty, but Ryan Kesler's shot hit off the crossbar.

Fowler opened the scoring 64 seconds into the game when he beat Greiss with a point shot through traffic for his sixth goal of the season, fourth on the power play.

Pelech tied it 1-1 at 11:51 of the first with a one-timer from the point for his first NHL goal.

Bailey made it 2-1 with 3:18 left in the first, one-timing a Tavares pass by Bernier on the power play.

 

Goal of the game

Leddy skated right to left, waited till Bernier went down, and then shot the puck top-shelf to end the lengthy shootout.

Video: NYI@ANA: Leddy roofs goal to finish marathon shootout

 

Save of the game

Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano has two shorthanded goals this season, but after he broke into the New York zone with the puck on a 2-on-1 in the second period, Greiss got a piece of his shot from left faceoff circle at 4:52, tipping it high and protecting New York's 2-1 lead.

Video: NYI@ANA: Greiss fights off Cogliano's wrister in 2nd

 

Unsung moment of the game

Anaheim forward Ondrej Kase, playing in his fourth NHL game, hit the post twice in regulation but scored in the eighth round of the shootout when he deked Greiss and put a backhand shot high over the Islanders goalie.

Video: NYI@ANA: Kase nets slick backhand for first SO goal

 

Highlight of the game

Rakell used a toe-drag move to score the first shootout goal in the top of the fourth round.

Video: NYI@ANA: Rakell beats Greiss with toe drag in SO

 

They said it

"It's fun and it gives the fans something to see. You start going down the line and getting guys who might not have an opportunity to shoot all that often. We were happy to sit back and watch, but we were obviously hoping we could get another point out of it too." -- Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler on the 14-round shootout

 

"Even right when it happened, none of us were sure. I just went into the celebration. I'm glad I got the first one, and it's even better that we won tonight." -- Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech on scoring his first NHL goal

 

"We're not getting a lot of bounces right now, but I thought our guys did a good job of battling back and getting a big goal in the end. We came away with a point. I thought we deserved more." -- Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf

 

Need to know

Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen left with the flu after the first period. … Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck left the game in the third period with an upper-body injury. … New York forward Nikolay Kulemin played in his 600th NHL game. … Fowler's 21st career power-play goal put him ahead of Chris Pronger for third place on Anaheim's all-time list for defensemen.

 

What's next

Islanders: At the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Ducks: Home against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday (4 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, PRIME, CSN-CH, NHL.TV)

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