Anaheim at New York

Three quick goals give Isles second win in 22 games

CBSSports.com wire reports
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- After a long string of losses, one win wasn't about to leave the New York Islanders giddy.

P.A. Parenteau, Blake Comeau and Matt Moulson scored in a 99-second span and New York won for only the second time in 22 games, beating the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Thursday.

Rick DiPietro stopped 30 shots for the Islanders, who had lost six straight. DiPietro has both wins for New York in the last 22 games. The other was a 2-0 victory Nov. 26 over the New Jersey Devils.

"It's good that we won, but we're not happy," DiPietro said. "When we win 10 in a row, then we'll be a bit happy."

Joffrey Lupul and Jason Blake scored for the Ducks, who were coming off an overtime win the night before in Washington.

Curtis McElhinney started in net for Anaheim and allowed three goals on 12 shots. Jonas Hiller came on in relief and made 17 saves.

"Tonight, things were tough around here," Blake said. "We have to forget about it and move on."

The Islanders did something unusual in the first period - they scored three times.

During a back-and-forth period, Parenteau put New York up 1-0 on a power-play snap shot at 15:06. Just 28 seconds later, Comeau ripped a shot past McElhinney. And 71 seconds after that, Moulson made it 3-0 on a backhander for his team-leading 11th goal.

That was the end of the night for McElhinney.

Anaheim got on the board at 10:35 of the second period when Lupul sneaked one in on a power play. Blake, a former Islander, made it 3-2 when he put a rebound past DiPietro 90 seconds into the third.

"Nothing surprises me," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "We played a great first period and then we had to hang on, but we did."

Notes

  • Anaheim entered tied for first place in the Pacific Division with Dallas at 38 points.
  • The Islanders (6-18-5) are last in the NHL with 17 points.
  • New York defensemen Milan Jurcina and Radek Martinek returned to the lineup. Martinek missed two games with a hand injury. Jurcina had been out for weeks with a hamstring problem.
  • Four of New York's next six games are at home. The two road games will only require bus trips, to play the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.
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Blake Comeau scores the second of three Islanders goals in a span of 99 seconds in the first period. (AP)
Blake Comeau scores the second of three Islanders goals in a span of 99 seconds in the first period. (AP)

Scoreboard
Anaheim (17-14-4)0112
NY Islanders  (6-18-5) «3003
Three Stars
R. DiPietro
NYI


Saves: 30
Save Pct.: .938
A. MacDonald
NYI


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
J. Blake
ANA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
15:06Power Play - P.A. Parenteau (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Tavares, Wisniewski
15:34 - Blake Comeau (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Schremp, Sim
16:45 - Matt Moulson (11), Backhand Shot, Unassisted.
2ND PERIOD
10:35Power Play - Joffrey Lupul (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Koivu, Blake
3RD PERIOD
01:30 - Jason Blake (6), Backhand Shot. Assist: Fowler, Lupul
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:52Jurcina, 2 min, High-Sticking
05:38Gillies, 5 min, Fighting
05:38Brookbank, 5 min, Fighting
08:47Moulson, 2 min, Interference
14:44Sutton, 2 min, Roughing
17:27Perry, 4 min, Roughing
17:27Parenteau, 2 min, Roughing
2ND PERIOD
03:37Martinek, 2 min, Slashing
08:38Martin, 2 min, High-Sticking
17:33Martin, 5 min, Fighting
17:33Parros, 5 min, Fighting
3RD PERIOD
14:14Joensuu, 2 min, Interference
16:46McMillan, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
Shots On Goal
 123T
ANA6131332
NYI1210729
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Jonas Hiller42:16170
Curtis McElhinney16:4593
Rick DiPietro60:00302
Game Information
Attendance - 7659
Referees - Chris Lee, Kevin Pollock
Linesmen - Andy McElman, Bryan Pancich
 
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