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New York Islanders: Three Goals in First Enough to Beat Anaheim Ducks

UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 16: PA Parenteau #15 of the New York Islanders celebrates his power play goal at 15:06 of the first period against the Anaheim Ducks at the Nassau Coliseum on December 16, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Chris LeydenCorrespondent IIDecember 16, 2010

After heading into the first intermission up 3-0 Thursday night, the New York Islanders looked to be easily on their way to just their second win in the last 22 games. But, as much of the Islanders season has gone so far, the game was far from over, as the Anaheim Ducks scored a goal in the second and a goal in the third to come within one. Fortunately for the Islanders and their fans, the Ducks couldn't get that third goal and the Islanders held on for the 3-2 victory.

Had it not been for a 1:39 span in which the Islanders scored all three of their goals, the Islanders very well could have been on their way to losing their seventh game in a row.

The Ducks, who won in overtime against the Washington Capitals the night before, may have had tired legs and were dominated in the first period. They then leaned on their first line of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan, all of whom had about 26 minutes of ice time.

The Islanders had goals from PA Parenteau(5), Blake Comeau(6) and Matt Moulson(11). Joffrey Lupul(3) and Jason Blake(6) scored for the Ducks.

Rick DiPietro started in net for the Islanders and saved 30 of the 32 shots sent towards his on his way to a first-star performance. Curtis McElhinney started in net for the Ducks, but was pulled after allowing three goals and replaced by Jonas Hiller, who saved all 17 shots sent his way.

The Islanders received strong performances from defenseman Andy MacDonald, who lead the Islanders in ice-time and also blocked multiple strong scoring opportunities.

The Isles also won the face-off battle 34-28, with Zenon Konopka going 18-6 at the dot.

A small crowd was on hand to see the rare Islanders victory, with the arena only 43 percent full.

The Phoenix Coyotes, who earlier tonight lost to the New York Rangers 4-3, will head to the Coliseum to take on the Islanders Saturday night.

For more Islanders news follow me on Twitter @cleyden.

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