NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Anaheim
(Wednesday, October 11th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 5, Anaheim 4 (SO)
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Mike York scored in the sixth-round of the shootout to give the New York Islanders a 5-4 win over the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center.
Ryan Shannon scored on the first shot the Ducks had in the shootout, but Mike Dunham stopped the next five shooters and Viktor Kozlov scored on a backhander on the Islanders second shot.
York skated in on net and made the move to get Jean-Sebastien Giguere to spread the pads and he slid the disc between the five-hole for the victory.
"That was pretty big," said York. "That was great for us. Our goaltender gave us a chance to win and it's great to get that first win."
Chris Simon had a goal and two assists and Dunham stopped 46 shots for the Islanders, who ended a four-game road trip to start the season with their first win of the young campaign.
"I couldn't wait to get off the ice," said Dunham. "I was just waiting for us to score. We didn't give up, we battled and tried to find a way to win and we did."
Samuel Pahlsson had two goals and Chris Pronger finished with a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who lost for the first time after starting the season with three victories.
Giguere stopped 20 shots in the loss.
The Ducks were all over the Islanders in the first period and outshot them, 17-5, but thanks to some stellar goaltending by Dunham, the Ducks were only able to score once in the opening frame.
The goal came thanks to a neutral zone turnover when Scott Niedermayer forced an Islander to hurry a pass and he grabbed the puck. Niedermayer tapped the puck to his brother Rob, who from the high slot fired a backhand pass to Pahlsson, whose slap shot sailed into the right corner of the net with 7:40 left in the first.
The Islanders bounced back in the second and scored three goals separated by 1:46 to take a 3-1 lead.
Arron Asham had the puck behind the Anaheim net and sent a centering backhand pass to York, who one-timed it into the left corner of the net just 3:42 into the second.
Moments later, Brendan Witt fired a shot from the right point that Trent Hunter deflected into the right corner of the net.
Kozlov was fighting along the left boards and wound up with the puck. He sent a backhand pass to the left circle and Simon blasted the puck over the glove of Giguere to complete the outburst with 14:32 left in the second.
Anaheim made it a one-goal game on a pretty play. Pronger forced a turnover as New York was trying to get into the Anaheim zone, gathered the puck and sent it up-ice to Travis Moen, who got by a defender to spring a 2-on-1 rush. Moen got into the zone along the right wing and flipped the saucer over the defenders stick to Pahlsson, who tapped it into the open net halfway through the second.
The Ducks took the lead with a pair of power-play goals in the final frame.
With Witt in the box for tripping Chris Kunitz had the puck behind the right side of the net and sent a centering pass to Pronger, who flicked a wrister over the right pad of Dunham 7:49 in.
A little over six minutes later, Scott Niedermayer fired a shot from a bad angle on the left side of the net and Dunham kicked it out front where Chris Perry grabbed it and flicked it into the net for a 4-3 lead.
New York, though, tied the game as Simon brought the puck into the Anaheim zone and left a drop pass for Alexei Yashin, who snapped a wrist shot through a screen from the right slot that went between the legs of Giguere with 3:43 to play in regulation.
The Islanders will play their next seven games at home starting with a contest against Boston on Saturday...Anaheim continues its five-game homestand with a match against Dallas on Sunday...This was the longest shootout in Ducks history...New York has won its last three games against Anaheim.
10/12 01:18:28 ET