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Below are some quick thoughts and notes from the Islanders 3-2 overtime victory over the Ducks.
- The Islanders started the game strong. They piggybacked off the performance they had in San Jose and played a good first period. The Islanders outshot the Ducks 12-4 through 20 minutes. Those four shots were a season low for the Ducks and something the Islanders should be proud of. Yes, Anaheim may have been missing Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, but the Ducks are still no pushover.
- John Tavares recorded his first multi-goal game of the season. This surely won't be the last one that he has, but Tavares has not been playing 100 percent like himself to start the year. It was good to see the Islander captain score two of the team's three goals, including the game winner.
- Jaroslav Halak played a good game between the pipes. He made 32 saves in the win and posted a save percentage of .941. That is his second-best save percentage in eight appearances.
- The win on Wednesday night should have come a bit easier for the Islanders. Anaheim is a good team, but they were quite banged up and the Islanders held a 2-0 advantage in the second period. After surrendering a power play goal at 9:15, the Islanders allowed the Ducks to gain the momentum and push the visiting Isles back on their heels. That eventually led to Emerson Etem scoring in the final five minutes of the period. It's unclear if it was a mental thing, or the Islanders just trying to play it too safe, but it has been a problem in the past and one that should be figured out.
- The penalty kill went 1-for -2 on the night. Despite giving up a power play goal, the PK unit played well. They caught a tough break (literally) on the second kill due to Travis Hamonic breaking his stick in waning seconds of the penalty. If all four penalty killers had sticks, the goal may not have occurred.
- The power play also played well. The Islanders went 2-for-3 on the man-advantage with the game winning goal coming on the power play.