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Islanders hand Canucks ninth straight loss

Andrew Ladd scores first with New York, helps end three-game skid

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Cal Clutterbuck broke a tie midway through the third period and Andrew Ladd scored his first goal with the New York Islanders in a 4-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Barclays Center on Monday.

Jason Chimera and Nikolay Kulemin had goals and Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves for New York (5-6-2), which ended a three-game losing streak, all at home.

"I just think we had a little bit of puck luck tonight," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "I think the last few games we've played well, we just haven't got results. It's good for guys to get that feeling, because I know they deserved it."

Daniel Sedin and Markus Granlund scored for the Canucks (4-8-1), who have lost nine in a row (0-8-1) after opening the season with four straight wins. Ryan Miller made 28 saves.

 

WATCH: All Canucks vs. Islanders highlights

 

Sedin gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead 4:22 into the game when he picked Shane Prince's pocket at New York's blue line and beat Halak with a wrist shot for his fourth goal of the season.

"We've got to find a way to win that game," Sedin said. "It's tough right now. We got the first one, then let them in it and played from behind."

Video: VAN@NYI: D. Sedin cashes in on early turnover

Chimera scored his first goal with the Islanders at 9:42 of the first period when he swatted Anders Lee's cross-crease feed past Miller to make it 1-1. Kulemin scored his first of the season 7:38 into the second period when he put Thomas Hickey's rebound past Miller to make it 2-1.

Granlund tied it 2-2 with a power-play goal at 16:30 of the second when Bo Horvat found Granlund alone in front for an easy one-timer.

New York went back in front 3-2 when Clutterbuck scored at 9:11 of the third period. Alan Quine fed Johnny Boychuk at the right point, where he put a slap shot on net that Miller denied. Clutterbuck got the rebound between the circles and converted on a backhand for his second goal of the season.

Ladd made it 4-2 with his first goal as an Islander at 10:50 when he one-timed Nick Leddy's feed past Miller.

"I'm sure that's a relief for him," Capuano said of Ladd, who had one assist in his first 12 games with New York.

 

Goal of the game

Shortly after the Islanders killed a holding penalty, Hickey made a nifty move around Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson and put a shot on goal that was stopped by Miller, but Kulemin was on the doorstep for the rebound.

Video: VAN@NYI: Kulemin buries Tavares' feed past Miller

 

Save of the game

The Islanders had a chance to take a one-goal lead into the first intermission, but Miller made a nice save on Brock Nelson's wrist shot from the slot, then robbed Lee on a rebound attempt to keep it a 1-1 game.

Video: VAN@NYI: Miller stones Nelson, Lee late in the 1st

 

Highlight of the game

Ladd's teammates mobbed him after his one-timer from just inside the left point found its way through a crowd and past Miller for his first goal with the Islanders. Ladd signed a seven-year contract with New York on July 1.

Video: VAN@NYI: Ladd hammers a one-timer past Miller

 

Unsung moment of the game

With the Canucks on a power play in the second period, Daniel Sedin was alone at the right goal post and seemed primed to score his second goal of the game, but Hickey made a nice play to poke a pass away with his stick to prevent the Canucks from taking the lead.

 

They said it

"As it goes on, it becomes harder and harder to not think about it. You press the reset button every day to try to mentally stay positive and keep telling yourself that you're a pretty good hockey player and you've been doing this for quite a while. That's the toughest part when you're going through something like that, but I tried to stay true to who I am as a player in terms of checking well and being on the puck, and trying to do those little things." -- Islanders forward Andrew Ladd

 

"People look at a homestand like this, and they think it's great. It's tough. Sometimes it's tough being in one place for a long period of time. It gets redundant and it's easy for you to kind of get in the Groundhog Day type of feel thing. It'll be really nice for us to get away for a couple of days." -- Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck

 

"First two periods, we played good hockey, then they get weird bounces and take the game. It's frustrating right now." -- Canucks goalie Ryan Miller

 

Need to know

Nelson left the game with 12 minutes remaining in the third period. He returned for one shift and will be re-evaluated Tuesday. … Sedin's goal in the first period was the second time the Canucks scored first in 13 games. … Chimera's goal was his first since April 9. Kulemin hadn't scored since April 10.

 

What's next

Canucks: At the New York Rangers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, SNP, NHL.TV)

Islanders: At the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; SUN, MSG+, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Two-goal 3rd propels Isles past Canucks, 4-2

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