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Islanders fall in OT to Ducks after leading 4-2 in third

Anaheim's Lubomir Visnovsky celebrates his first goal of

Anaheim's Lubomir Visnovsky celebrates his first goal of the game as the Islanders' Dylan Reese, right, reacts in the first period at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. (Mar. 19, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

ANAHEIM, Calif. - It took only 14 seconds of overtime for Saku Koivu's breakaway goal to end the Islanders' joyride down the West Coast.

With the score tied at 4, Koivu batted down an outlet pass from Bruno Gervais at the blue line and bolted in toward Islanders goaltender Martin Biron to give the Ducks a 5-4 win at Honda Center Friday night.

Kyle Okposo scored twice and John Tavares and Richard Park chipped in with a goal each for the Islanders, who held a 4-2 lead in the third period. But the Ducks' Lubomir Visnovsky tied it with 32 seconds left in regulation.

Former Islander Jason Blake tipped in a point shot at 9:53 of the third period - the first power-play goal surrendered by the Islanders in four games - to bring the Ducks within 4-3. Then Visnovsky scored his second goal of the game on a one-timer.

"They took a couple of scenery shots to beat us. It wasn't like we gave them Grade-A opportunities to score," coach Scott Gordon said. "It was a slap shot from the blue line that had eyes, and for the most part we had coverage."

On the fringes of the playoff picture, the Ducks earned their third straight victory.

While the Ducks are battling to remain among the Western Conference contenders, the Islanders are in the midst of their own push to make the postseason. Although the Isles have snagged a point in each of their last five games, a win would have pulled them within five points of the eighth-place Bruins in the Eastern Conference.

"They played desperate that third period," Biron said. "It's tough to give away points like that. We need points too to make a push for it."

Biron, who entered the game with an 8-0-0 career record against the Ducks, made several clutch saves throughout the game but could not stop a relentless barrage of shots from the Ducks, who outshot the Isles 14-2 in the third period.

With a game against the Kings Saturday night, the Islanders still have a chance to take five out of six points on what was expected to be a potentially back-breaking West Coast trip.

"I think if you told us we'd get five points on this road trip, we'd take it, so we need some short-term memory loss. We need to go into L.A. ready to play," said Okposo, who returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday's game against Vancouver with an undisclosed injury.

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