ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Kesler scored twice to help the Anaheim Ducks continue their hot start with a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.
Adam Henrique added a third goal for the Ducks and Hampus Lindholm an empty-netter in the final seconds. Anaheim is 5-1-1 this season.
The Islanders fell to 2-3-0.
Anaheim goalie John Gibson lost his shutout with 34.8 seconds to play when Ross Johnson’s shot deflected off Casey Cizikas and then Anaheim’s Luke Schenn and into the net.
Gibson stopped 34 of New York’s shots 35 shots. Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss turned away 21 of Anaheim’s 24 shots.
The Ducks took their commanding 3-0 lead less than a minute into the third period. Max Comtois fired a short shot just inside the backline that deflected off Greiss and popped up a few feet in front of the goal just as Henrique skated by. He batted it in for his third goal of the season.
The Islanders thought they had tied it early in the second period when Cal Clutterbuck poked the puck into the net after it appeared under the glove and in control of Gibson. The Ducks challenged the goal, it was ruled goalie interference and erased.
Four minutes later, Kesler fired in a quick wrist shot from just behind the blue line that caught Greiss by surprise to put the Ducks up 2-0 with his second goal and third of the season.
It appeared the first period would end scoreless until the Islanders’ Brock Nelson was called for high sticking with just 24.8 seconds left. The Ducks wasted no time cashing in on the power play, Kesler backhanding in the rebound on a Sam Steel slap shot with 4.4 seconds left in the period.
Less than a minute earlier, Anaheim’s Comtois and New York’s Scott Mayfield each picked up a five-minute penalty for fighting.
Islanders: Head up the freeway Thursday to play the Kings in Los Angeles.
Ducks: Travel to Las Vegas on Saturday to meet the Golden Knights.
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