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Ducks hang on to defeat Islanders

Gibson makes 39 saves in Anaheim's win against New York

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- John Gibson had 39 saves, and Andrew Cogliano had a goal and an assist to help the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 win against the New York Islanders at Honda Center on Wednesday.

Thirteen of Gibson's saves came during Islanders power plays. Josh Manson and Ryan Getzlaf each had two assists, and Patrick Eaves scored a goal in his season debut for Anaheim (2-1-1). Getzlaf was playing his second game after missing the first two because of a lower-body injury.

"We keep getting guys back," Eaves said.

 

[WATCH: All Islanders vs. Ducks highlights]

 

Brock Nelson scored two goals, and Joshua Ho-Sang had two assists for New York (1-2-1). Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves.

The Ducks took a 2-1 lead at 8:39 of the second period on a deflection by Rickard Rakell. Eaves made it 3-1 when he scored at 5:32 of the third.

"We knew we didn't play up to our potential (in the first period)," Rakell said. "Going into the locker room in a tied game, it was still a good feeling for us."

Video: NYI@ANA: Gibson flashes the leather for great save

Nelson made it 3-2 with his second goal of the game at 7:57 of the third period, but Gibson made seven saves the rest of the way.

"We weren't able to regather the same momentum we had in the first," Nelson said. "It's frustrating, but there were some good things and some good looks."

The Ducks came in having led for 3:30 of 180:44 this season, but they scored the opening goal for the first time this season when Cogliano swept a rebound under Jaroslav Halak's right arm 37 seconds into the game.

"It's tough when you're crawling out of a hole the whole game," Ho-Sang said. "I thought the guys played really well. I thought the guys competed and everyone was strong throughout the game. We had a couple bad bounces, but you can't be down early."

The Islanders went on the first of five power plays at 1:56 of the first period and forced Gibson to make five saves on the man-advantage, and two more after New York maintained possession in the Anaheim zone after the penalty expired. Derek Grant also made a sliding block to prevent a goal.

Video: NYI@ANA: Nelson deflects high shot past Gibson

Back-to-back icings kept Anaheim's third line on the ice, and Nelson won the faceoff after the second icing call. He cut directly to the net and deflected a slap shot by Scott Mayfield past Gibson to make it 1-1 at 13:09 of the first.

"We scored our goal, killed a penalty and then we go flat," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "We relied on our goaltender to bail us out. Your goaltender can only do that so many times."

The Islanders out-shot the Ducks 21-6 in the first period.

"Probably the best period of the year," New York coach Doug Weight said.

Video: NYI@ANA: Nelson buries wrister for second tally

 

Goal of the game

Manson nudged the puck to Cogliano as he fell to the ice and Cogliano entered the Islanders zone with speed. He left the puck behind for Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, and his shot from the right circle was deflected downward by Rakell and between Halak's pads for a 2-1 lead.

Video: NYI@ANA: Rakell pots nifty goal with redirection

 

Save of the game

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg got loose on a breakaway, but Halak made the save at 8:58 of the third period to keep the score 3-2.

Video: NYI@ANA: Halak stones Silfverberg on the break

 

Highlight of the game

Getzlaf passed the puck cross-ice to Manson on his left and Manson took the puck along the boards and behind the net. As he emerged on the other side of the net, Manson passed to Eaves in the right circle and shot it past Halak on the short side for a 3-1 Ducks lead.

Video: NYI@ANA: Eaves beats Halak from sharp angle

 

They said it

"We did some great things, but we have to get some pucks in and find a way. These are games we should win." -- Islanders coach Doug Weight

 

"Right now, it seems like the start of hockey games have been difficult for us. But we're not going to critique a win. We won the hockey game." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

 

Need to know

The Islanders went 0-for-5 on the power play and are 0-for-15 this season. … Fowler has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 12 games against the Islanders, the only NHL team he averages at least one point a game against and is the Ducks' all-time scoring leader against New York ... The Ducks went 0-for-4 on the power play. ... Cogliano has two multi-point games after having three in 82 games last season. … Manson's two assists tied an NHL career-high and his plus-3 rating was an NHL career-best.

 

What's next

Islanders: At the San Jose Sharks on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Ducks: At the Colorado Avalanche on Friday (9 p.m. ET; ALT, PRIME, NHL.TV)

 

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