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Islanders' 17-game point streak ended by Ducks

New York's first regulation loss since Oct. 11; Gibson makes 26 saves for shutout

by Dan Arritt / Independent Correspondent

Getzlaf notches opener in 2nd

NYI@ANA: Getzlaf scores after fortunate deflection

Ryan Getzlaf has his point-blank shot knocked away by Thomas Greiss, but the rebound bounces off a defender's stick and in to open the scoring

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ANAHEIM -- The New York Islanders' 17-game point streak ended when John Gibson made 26 saves for the Anaheim Ducks in a 3-0 win at Honda Center on Monday.

Thomas Greiss made 20 saves for New York (16-4-2), which lost in regulation for the first time since Oct. 11. The Islanders were 15-0-2 during their streak, a team record, but are winless in their past two games (0-1-1).

Greiss was 8-0-0 in his previous eight starts with a 1.96 goals-against average and .936 save percentage.


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"Guys have committed a lot over a long time, and we've won different ways," Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. "It's just reality. We didn't play well enough tonight to deserve to win. I think our guys are good enough pros to understand that. I'm not going to kick any cans or anything like that."

Ryan Getzlaf and Cam Fowler each had a goal and an assist, and Ondrej Kase also scored for Anaheim (11-11-3), which ended a three-game winless streak (0-2-1).

It was Gibson's first shutout of the season and 19th of his NHL career. He made 16 saves in the first period.

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"I think everybody stepped up," Gibson said. "We talked a lot about being better in front of the net and blocking shots, and the [defense] did a great job in front of the net and the forwards did a great job of blocking shots."

Getzlaf was credited with his ninth goal of the season at 10:26 of the second. He won a face-off in the offensive zone, and Rickard Rakell took a slap shot from above the right circle. It hit Greiss up high and came out to the slot, and Greiss made another save on Getzlaf's rebound try. But when Jordan Eberle and Troy Terry each swiped at the puck, it ended up going off Eberle's blade and into the top right corner of the net to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

It was Getzlaf's NHL-leading sixth game-winning goal and extended his point streak to five games (two goals, five assists).

"I just felt like we didn't let up throughout the game," Getzlaf said. "We sustained what we wanted to do, a lot less turnovers at their blue line, kept the puck moving forward and got rewarded for it."

Anaheim took a 2-0 lead at 13:13 of the third period after Getzlaf retrieved the puck along the boards in the offensive zone, skated just above the goal line and centered a pass to Fowler for a one-timer.

Video: NYI@ANA: Fowler beats Greiss with wicked wrister

Kase scored on a wrist shot from the right circle that eluded Greiss at 14:24 of the third for the 3-0 final.

"It's obviously a great challenge; they were the hottest team in the League, so easy game to get up for," Fowler said. "We believe that we can compete with anybody if we play consistently for 60 minutes, and we did that tonight. It's a big win for our group." 

The Islanders had the game's first seven shots on goal.

The first was a hard point shot by Ryan Pulock that knocked Gibson down, but he was able to reach up and make a glove save on Adam Pelech's shot from the opposite point at 1:11.

"I got hit in the ribs and I got winded," Gibson said. "I couldn't really get up, so I needed to cover the puck so I could take a minute to gather myself."

The Islanders outshot the Ducks 16-5 in the first and 26-23 overall.

"We wanted to jump on them early; I thought we did," Trotz said. "We weren't able to find the back of the net. They got their legs under them in the second, they dug in. I think we were looking for another sort of easy period like the first. We weren't willing to commit enough in the second and third."


They said it

"That one stinks. [It] felt like we came hard in the first, they came out hard in the second. We didn't really maintain that compete level we had in the first. Having points for such a long time, that one kind of stinks." -- Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier

"That's definitely the response we wanted. Obviously, we talked a little bit as a group and some things were said, and [it was] necessary to kind of respond as a group. I thought we did a good job of that tonight playing 60 minutes." -- Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf


Need to know

The Islanders outscored their opponents 57-39 during their point streak. ... Getzlaf has 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 18 career games against New York. ... The Ducks had allowed at least four goals in nine of the previous 12 games after giving up two or fewer in 10 of the first 12.


What's next

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

Ducks: At the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, KCOP-13, NHL.TV)

Video: Ducks snap Islanders' point streak in 3-0 shutout

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