Islanders Lose Eighth Straight With 1-0 Loss To Ducks

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(Sports Network) – Curtis McElhinney stopped all 27 shots he faced for the first shutout of his career as the Anaheim Ducks took a 1-0 win over the New York Islanders at Honda Center.

Saku Koivu scored the lone goal on assists from Cam Fowler and Teemu Selanne for the Ducks, who have won their past five games.

“It feels great,” said McElhinney about the shutout. “The last couple of games I’ve played it was five goals each night. This was a nice turn of events. To come back after a big game in San Jose last night and be able to keep the winning streak alive felt good.”

Dwayne Roloson was tagged with the loss as he gave up the goal on 14 shots for the Islanders, who are struggling through an eight-game losing streak.

It’s the first eight-game slide for New York since Jan. 2-19, 2009. The Islanders have been held to two goals or less in each of their last six games and have been outscored 32-12 on their eight-game slide.

“When it’s not going in, especially when we’re creating opportunities and outshooting teams that are playing well right now, like we did tonight, it’s not always easy,” said Islanders center John Tavares. “But we just need to get ready for another one and we need to get back on track. There are some great opportunities throughout this tough stretch for us.”

The first two periods passed scoreless as Roloson needed to stop just seven shots while McElhinney turned aside 18.

At the 3:40 mark of the third period, the Ducks took the lead.

After McElhinney made a couple of big stops at the Anaheim end, the puck went down the other end. Selanne took the disc into the New York zone down the left wing and left a drop pass for Fowler at the left circle. From there Fowler fired a pass over to the slot where Koivu blew a one-timer past Roloson.

McElhinney stopped all nine shots he faced in the third period and helped to kill off two New York power plays to help Anaheim hold on for the win.

Anaheim hosts Dallas on Friday…The Isles continue their west coast swing in San Jose on Thursday…The Ducks have taken three of the last four against the Islanders…Anaheim has won five straight for the first time since Jan. 5-13 last season.

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New York Islanders At Anaheim Ducks: Islanders Try To Snap Seven Game Losing Streak

Some late heroics have the Ducks riding a four-game winning streak. Anaheim will look to deal the slumping New York Islanders an eighth straight loss this evening at Honda Center.

Although the Islanders are 0-7 in their last seven games, there have been some signs of improvement. The Islanders looked much better against the Flyers in their last contest, and have shown some positives.

The Islanders, who started off the year so hot, are currently colder than ice, and can't seem to find any secondary scoring. Matt Moulson, John Tavares and Josh Bailey haven't been lighting the lamp. And the defense has let their respective goalies hang to dry. 

This game starts a three-game road stand for the Islanders.  

The Ducks concluded a three-game homestand with a perfect record on Sunday thanks to defenseman Paul Mara's goal with just 1.7 seconds left in regulation for a 5-4 victory over the Predators. It was fellow blueliner Lubomir Visnovsky's turn on Tuesday as he notched the game-winner with 32.6 ticks left in overtime to give his team a 3-2 triumph over the Sharks.

Jonas Hiller finished with 39 saves, including 21 in the third period, and Corey Perry and Jason Blake scored in regulation for the Ducks, who hadn't won back-to-back games this season prior to this winning streak. Anaheim guns for a fifth straight victory tonight for the first time since Jan. 5-13.

"We found a way to play together. We didn't play at our best, but we found a way to win," Hiller said.

Anaheim returns home for two straight and is 5-1-1 as the host this season.

Home ice hasn't helped the Ducks lately versus the Islanders, who are 2-0-1 with a tie in their last for trips to the Honda Center. New York is 4-1-1 in the last six meetings overall, but did lose a 5-4 overtime decision in Anaheim on March 19. Saku Koivu had the game-winner 14 seconds into OT and Visnovsky scored twice.

Curtis McElhinney got the win in relief of Hiller, who allowed three goals on 17 shots. McElhinney made 13 saves in his first ever appearance against the Islanders.

New York heads out west for three straight games and is slated to make stops in Anaheim, San Jose and Los Angeles. The Islanders have been held to two goals or less in each of their last five games and have been outscored 31-12 on their seven-game slide.

(The Sports Network contributed to this report)

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