Recap: Islanders 2 – Kings 1 (SO)

Result: The Islanders defeated the Los Angeles Kings in a shootout to win their second game of a back-to-back in southern California.

Need to Know: Dwight King kicked off the scoring for the Kings in the first period. He deflected a shot past Chad Johnson to give Los Angeles the early 1-0 lead. Brock Nelson tied the game later in the period with the Islanders on the power play. Nelson was able to sneak a tough angle shot past Jonathan Quick at 16:32.

The game remained tied for the next two periods and through overtime forcing the game to a shootout. Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen both scored in the shootout for the Islanders, while Chad Johnson stopped Kings’ shooters Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter.

Johnson made 28 saves on 29 shots and finished the game with a .966 save percentage. The Islanders power play struggled scoring just once on five opportunities. The penalty kill, on the other hand, was a perfect 4-for-4 on the night.

Links: AP recap| Box Score| Gameview

What’s Next: The Islanders will wrap up their five-game, west coast road trip on Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Arizona.

Game Day (13): Islanders at Kings, 10:30 pm

Staple Center — Los Angeles, CA
TV: MSG Plus Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Kings… Mike Richards is currently on a three-game point streak since October 31. He has recorded a goal and two assists in that span… Tyler Toffoli leads the Kings in points with 14 (six goals, eight assist) to start the year. In addition his line of Jeff Carter and Tanner Pearson have amassed 33 points through the first 12 games… Los Angeles is ranked eight in the NHL in goal as against per game. They are averaging 2.08 per game.

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

There will be no rest for the Islanders as they return to action 24 hours after they defeated the Anaheim Ducks in a shootout.

Jack Capuano mixed up the lineups a bit during Wednesday night’s win and it appears that he has done so again for Thursday night’s game. The top line will remain the same, according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple, but the other lines will change a bit. Also Casey Cizikas is back in, while Corey Conacher will sit in the press box.

Chad Johnson will start in net for the Islanders. He is 3-1-0 in five appearances, with a 3.46 goals against average and a .870 save percentage.

The Kings will likely start Jonathan Quick in net and Justin Williams will be out of the game due to blurred vision. He took a stick to the eye on Tuesday in the Kings’ game against the Dallas Stars.

Los Angeles is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games at the Staples Center against the Islanders. The Islanders have not one in Los Angeles since February 15, 2003.

Some thoughts on the Islanders win over Anaheim

NHL: New York Islanders at Anaheim Ducks

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The streak is over. The Islanders snapped a three-game losing skid Wednesday night in Anaheim. John Tavares had his first two-goal game of the season, which included scoring the game winner in overtime. The win put the Islanders at 7-5-0 on the season.

For the game recap, click here.

Below are some quick thoughts and notes from the Islanders 3-2 overtime victory over the Ducks. To read more of this story, click here

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Recap: Islanders 3 – Ducks 2 (OT)

Result: Despite allowing a two goal lead to disappear in the second period, the Islanders defeated the Anaheim Ducks in overtime at the Honda Center.

 Need to Know: John Tavares recorded his first two-goal game of the season and the Islanders snapped a three-game losing streak.

Tavares scored his fifth goal of the season 3:38 into the first period to give the Isles a 1-0 advantage. Kyle Okposo added a second goal for the Isles 10 seconds into the second period, to make it 2-0. Anaheim tied the game later in the period, scoring two goals in the span of roughly nine minutes. Matt Beleskey scored on the power play at 9:15 of the second and Emerson Etem beat Jaroslav Halak at 18:51.

Tavares scored the game winner at 2:18 of overtime.

The Islanders outshot the Ducks 36 to 34 and Halak made 32 saves for New York.

Wednesday night was Tavares’s first multi-goal game of the season and just the second time the Islanders have held an opponent to fewer than three goals.

Links: AP recap| Box Score| Gameview

Whats Next: The Islanders will be back in action on Thursday night as they take on the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings at the Staple Center.

Game Day (12): Islanders at Ducks, 10:30 pm

Honda Center — Anaheim, CA
TV: MSG Plus Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Ducks… The Ducks are down two goaltenders. Anaheim’s Frederik Andersen and Jason LaBarbera are both out with injury. The team recalled Igor Bobkov to be their backup… The Ducks were the first team in the NHL to reach double digit victories after they defeated the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday… Anaheim is 4-1-0 this season at the Honda Center.

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders will look to end a three-game losing streak in Southern California as they get set to play the Anaheim Ducks.

New York has come down from their hot 4-0-0 start to this season. The Islanders have gone 2-5-0 in the seven games since then, including losing the first two games of this west coast road trip. The Isles are coming off a 3-1 loss to San Jose on Saturday, despite playing one of their best games this season.

The team is not down on themselves, however, even though they have hit their first rough patch of the season.

“It’s just not an option for this team right now,” Kyle Okposo told Newsday. “We’re not the same team we’ve been. We’re not fragile.”

The problems pestering the Islanders so far have been the same though. The team’s penalty kill is dead last in the NHL at the moment the power play unit has cooled off after a hot start.

The Islanders also entering a meeting on Wednesday night against an opponent who has defeated them in the last three games between the two clubs. The Ducks have also won four straight games against the Isles at the Honda Center.

Jack Capuano will likely call upon Jaroslav Halak to guard the net once again. Halal made 28 saves on 31 shots in his start on Saturday against the Sharks and recorded a .903 save percentage. Capuano also mixed up the lines in practice during the three-day break the Islanders had.

Some variation of those lines could be seen in Wednesday’s game in Anaheim.

Isles need to find ways to score

The Islanders need to find more ways to score, according to head coach Jack Capuano.

“We have to find a way to score,” Capuano said. “When you’re not scoring, players are trying to make things happen and you can’t fault them for that. The frustrating part is how well we’re playing and not scoring.”

New York is 0 for 9 on the power play in the last two games and 3 for 30 while going 2-5-0 since they went 6 for 14 to open with four straight victories, according to STATS.

“I felt like we were throwing lots of pucks at the net, but these Western teams don’t give up much,” defenseman Travis Hamonic told the Islanders’ official website.

Things likely won’t get any easier against the Ducks on Wednesday night, whose 24 goals allowed rank among the fewest in the league.