Anaheim at New York

Islanders edge Ducks to stop eight-game losing streak


UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Yann Danis has played well as a fill-in in goal for the New York Islanders for five games. On Wednesday night, he finally got a win.

Danis made 39 saves, and Kyle Okposo and Kurtis McLean scored goals to help the Islanders snap an eight-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

"He didn't say they were sticking with me," Danis said about coach Scott Gordon, "but he did say they passed on both (Dany) Sabourin and (Curtis) Sanford."

New York won for the first time in 2009 after an 0-7-1 start.

Bobby Ryan scored for Anaheim. Jean-Sebastien Giguere started in net and stopped five shots, and was relieved by Jonas Hiller, who made seven more saves.

"We had more than our fair share of chances," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "We only get one goal on a power play. He (Danis) made a lot of great stops."

For the first time in four games, the Islanders scored first. It took just 2:38 into the game while on their first power play for Okposo to whistle a slap shot from the top of the left circle into the short side.

The Islanders made it 2-0 at 14:35 when McLean scored his first NHL goal, ripping a slap shot from the top of the right circle that beat Giguere between his pads.

The 28-year old rookie, playing in just his second NHL game, was beaming.

"I came off the bench and tried to utilize my speed," McLean said. "Frans (Nielsen) made a great pass right on my tape, and I just blasted it. I can't believe I got my first goal, and it was the game winner."

At that point, a very upset Giguere was replaced by Hiller.

"It's just the way it went," Giguere said. "Goalies can win and lose games for you in this league."

Anaheim dominated play in the second period, and got one back at 16:45 when Ryan tipped a puck past Danis on a power play.

"Corey (Perry) made the play," Ryan said. "The only good thing I did was to get in front of the net. I had my chance there."

That gave Ryan goals in three straight games, and points in four. Ryan is tied for second in the NHL in rookie points with 30 on 15 goals and 15 assists.

The Islanders held on in the final period, despite being outshot 9-1. Their only shot they registered was when they were killing a penalty, and Nate Thompson fired the puck down from his own zone that Hiller turned aside.


  • New York was 4-1-0 in its five previous games against Anaheim.
  • Anaheim has one more road game after the All-Star break, when it visits Phoenix.
  • The Islanders are off until next Thursday when they visit Atlanta.
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Kurtis McLean rips a slapper and beats Jean-Sebastien Giguere for his first NHL goal. (Getty Images)
Kurtis McLean rips a slapper and beats Jean-Sebastien Giguere for his first NHL goal. (Getty Images)
Anaheim (23-21-5)0101
NY Islanders  (13-29-5) «2002
Three Stars
Y. Danis

Saves: 39
Save Pct.: .975
K. McLean

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
B. Gervais

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
02:38Power Play - Kyle Okposo (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Streit, Nielsen
14:35Kurtis McLean (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Nielsen, Hillen
16:45Power Play - Bobby Ryan (15), Tip-In. Assist: Perry, Niedermayer
Penalty Summary
01:16Montador, 2 min, Hooking
10:32Martinek, 2 min, Interference
19:24Witt, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
11:46McLean, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
16:22Sim, 2 min, Interference
14:57Park, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
New York85114
Jean-Sebastien Giguere14:3552
Jonas Hiller44:0670
Yann Danis60:00391
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
NY Islanders1-for-1
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Linesmen - Tim Nowak, Brad Kovachik
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