Islanders’ 17-game point streak ends in lopsided loss to Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Ducks responded to a challenge from their captain Monday night, ending their own losing ways while also halting the Islanders’ franchise-best 17-game point streak.

One game after chastising the team for a lack of physicality, Ryan Getzlaf led by example. He had a goal and an assist, and John Gibson made 26 saves as the Ducks defeated the Islanders 3-0 to end their three-game slide and a five-game skid at home.

The Islanders went 15-0-2 during the longest point streak in team history, which started with an Oct. 12 victory over Florida. They hadn’t lost in regulation since the day before that against Carolina, but had gone into overtime in each of their past four games before facing Anaheim. They lost in OT against San Jose on Saturday.

“Guys have committed a lot over a long time and we’ve won in different ways,” coach Barry Trotz said. “It’s just reality. We didn’t play well enough to deserve to win. I think our guys are good enough pros to understand that. I’m not gonna kick cans or anything like that.”

The Islanders had a 16-5 advantage in shots during the first period and a 26-23 edge in the game, but couldn’t find a way to beat Gibson, who earned his first shutout of the season.

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After withstanding the Islanders’ best push in the opening period, the Ducks were able to do enough over the next 40 minutes to get only their second victory since Nov. 3.

Anaheim put the game away late in the third when Cam Fowler and Ondrej Kase scored just more than a minute apart.

“They were the hottest team in the league, so it was an easy game to get up for,” Fowler said.

The Ducks broke through in a scoreless game at 10:28 of the first when Getzlaf got his stick on a rebound after Rickard Rakell’s shot from the blue line. In an attempt to clear the puck from in front, Islanders forward Jordan Eberle redirected it into his own net.

Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss made 20 saves. He was 8-0-0 during the point streak with 233 saves.

Greiss kept his team in the game until the 13:13 mark of the third period when Fowler took a pass from Getzlaf, who was next to the Islanders net, and scored his fifth of the season.

Kase added his third at 13:24 to put the game away, with Fowler getting an assist.

“That one stinks,” Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier said. “We felt like we came (at them) hard in the first. They came out hard in the second. We didn’t really maintain that compete level we had in the first. Having points for such a long time, this one kind of stinks.”

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