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New York Islanders Fall In OT To Ducks (Highlights)

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 21: Jaroslav Halak
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 21: Jaroslav Halak /

For the ninth time this year the New York Islanders have allowed five goals or more and their save percentage continues to drop.

The New York Islanders came out of the gates very slow, something that’s been an issue for this team of late. Both teams struggled to produce very many shots but that didn’t stop the Anaheim Ducks from finding the back of the net.

On five shots the Ducks scored two goals. Hampus Lindholm had the first while Ondrej Kase had the second for the Ducks 9:54 into the game.

Things began to change in the second period. The Islanders were able to make it a one-score game thanks to Mathew Barzal.

The power play goal was able to get the Islanders back in the game. Shortly after Lindholm would net his second of the night giving Anaheim a two-goal lead back.

Later in the period, the Islanders would get another power play opportunity. This time it was Tavares who was able to make it a one-score game once again. Josh Bailey picked up another assist on the goal as well.

In the third period, the Islanders were able to tie up the game, again thanks to Bailey and Tavares. Tavares scored and Bailey notched his 35th assist on the season. At the 7:52 mark of the third period the Isles would get their first lead of the night thanks to Andrew Ladd:

It looked like the Islanders were going to complete the comeback and hang on to win. But, with 1:15 to go Rickard Rakell tied the game up at four. This contest would need overtime.

In the overtime period, the Ducks controlled the puck most of the way. Mat Barzal had the best opportunity for the Isles but was unable to get one past Ryan Miller. Lindholm scored for the third time completing the hattrick and clinching the win for the Ducks.

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A rather deflating loss for the Islanders and company. For the ninth time this year, the Islanders have allowed five goals or more. They are back at it on Saturday for a matinee performance before the Christmas break.