Three in third cost Isles in Anaheim
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The puck was there, the yawning net was there and P.A. Parenteau was ready to celebrate a power-play goal that was going to give the Islanders a two-goal lead with 11:55 left in the third period Friday night.
Instead, Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller dived and stopped the shot with his blocker.
Less than 90 seconds later, the Ducks tied the score, and the Isles' slide didn't stop until they were handed a 4-2 loss by an Anaheim team that had four wins in its last 20 games coming in.
Ryan scored a shorthanded goal, his second goal of the night, on a great move around Andrew MacDonald, then Evgeni Nabokov, to make it 2-2 with 10:38 to go. Getzlaf scored his first goal in 12 games with 7:35 left, a four-on-four goal in which Milan Jurcina gave Getzlaf loads of space to roof a backhand over Nabokov for the eventual winner, snapping the Islanders' three-game winning streak and dumping them back into last in the East.
"When it starts slipping away from us like that, we have to find a way to stop it," said Travis Hamonic, who paired with MacDonald to keep the Getzlaf line quiet for nearly 50 minutes. "We didn't find it tonight. It's disappointing."
The Isles had some frustrating moments in the opening 40 minutes, with Brian Rolston hitting the post twice in the first. But Kyle Okposo's goal, off yet another fantastic feed from John Tavares, gave the Islanders their first lead of the night at 6:20 of the third.
Parenteau drew a penalty in his own zone at the end of a furious shift by Getzlaf's line, then found himself with the puck and the open net after Mark Streit's point shot was deflected.
"It was a bouncing puck and Hiller made an unbelievable save," Parenteau said. "We had chances to put it away. We had a good thing going here and we can't let ones like this slip."
Ryan, who scored just after a power play at 12:09 of the second for a 1-0 lead, got his second after Perry outmuscled Okposo for a puck along the wall.
Ducks general manager Bob Murray publicly said Wednesday that he'd listen to offers for any of his three young stars, who looked fairly disinterested for the opening two-thirds of the game.
"They're talented guys," Jack Capuano said. "That's what they can do to you."
The Islanders face the Coyotes in Phoenix Saturday night, their momentum stalled by a game against one of the very few teams in the NHL that have fewer points than they do. After showing some resiliency to rally for a tying goal and a shootout win in Carolina on Tuesday, the Islanders needed the same sort of desperation. Instead, they let another struggling team's desperation overwhelm them.
"That might be the most talented line in hockey, and they really showed it in the third," said Matt Martin, who tied the score in the second with his fifth of the season. "We didn't put the hammer down and it ended up costing us."