Nielsen scores twice in 3rd as Islanders beat Ducks 4-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Frans Nielsen scored twice in the third period, backup goalie Thomas Greiss stopped 24 shots, and the New York Islanders beat the Anaheim ducks 4-1 Friday night.
Brock Nelson and Cal Clutterbuck also had goals for the Islanders, who won two of three on a California road trip.
Nelson, who had the Islanders’ only goal in a 2-1 loss at Los Angeles on Thursday night, has scored in consecutive games for the first time since last Dec. 2-4.
Corey Perry scored for the Ducks, who were coming off consecutive overtime losses at home against the Coyotes and Oilers. Anton Khudobin finished with 25 saves.
Nelson opened the scoring at 6:36 of the first period. He used defenseman Josh Manson as a screen and beat Khudobin low to the glove side with a 30-foot wrist shot from the slot.
The Islanders found themselves with a two-man advantage after Ryan Getzlaf was sent off for cross-checking Casey Cizikas at 9:14 of the first period and Kevin Bieksa for high-sticking Kyle Okposo just 7 seconds later. But Khudobin turned aside all seven shots he faced during that short-handed stretch. The Islanders misfired on five others, and two more were blocked by Ducks defenders.
Clutterbuck made it 2-0 at 9:35 of the second period, beating Khudobin from short range with a shot that deflected off the goalie’s glove after teammate Johnny Boychuk took a shot from the right point that struck Clutterbuck as he tried to jump out of the away.
Anaheim got on the board at 11:23 of the second during a two-man advantage, after Mikhail Grabovski and Boychuk were penalized for tripping and holding 41 seconds apart.
Perry recorded his 301st career goal during a goalmouth scramble with 32 seconds left on Grabovski’s penalty, overtaking Paul Kariya for second place on the Ducks’ franchise list behind Teemu Selanne’s 457.
Nielsen added an insurance goal for the Islanders at 2:47 of the third period off a perfect feed in front by Josh Bailey. Greiss got a huge break when Ryan Kesler’s wrist shot from the right circle hit the left post with about 5:35 to play, and Neilsen scored again with 3:32 remaining.
Getzlaf’s season-opening goal drought reached 13 games, the longest from the start of a campaign during the Anaheim captain’s 11-year career. Teammate Jakob Silfverberg’s season-opening goal drought reached a career-worst 17 games, one more than last year.
NOTES: A moment of silence was observed for the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. ... The Islanders, 0 for 5 on the power play, had more than three man-advantage opportunities for only the third time in their first 18 games. ... Sunday will mark Jack Capuano’s fifth anniversary as the Islanders’ head coach — the longest run by anyone in franchise history behind Al Arbour, who coached them to four consecutive Stanley Cup titles. ... Islanders D Marek Zidlicky, whose next game will be his 800th in the regular season, was a healthy scratch. Taking his place in the blueline was 21-year-old Adam Pelech, who made his NHL debut following his promotion from Bridgeport of the AHL last Monday. ... The Ducks are in Carolina on Monday night to begin a four-game southeastern road trip, after which they will play seven of their next eight at home.