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GAMER: Ducks Continue to Fall Apart On the Road, Lose 5-2 To Islanders

The Ducks fail on the first end of back-to-back games.

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The first period started out well with Carl Hagelin getting a goal off the cycle. Andrew Cogliano got the puck to Hagelin who got a second chance opportunity after his initial shot was blocked. After that, however, the Ducks totally collapsed and could not recover. It started with Kevin Bieksa taking a run at Cal Clutterbuck. He missed the hit and Clutterbuck scored high on Andersen who did not cover the post well. A few minutes later, Travis Hamonic scored from the left dot with Andersen screened. Andersen wasn't close to the post again and Hamonic had the entire side to shoot at. Just before the period ended, Brock Nelson scored to make it 3-1 after Kesler went for a big hit in the neutral zone and didn't recover. Sami Vatanen was back on the play but didn't step up and partially screened Andersen.

Bruce tried to spark the team by putting Gibson in net to start the third period, but it didn't really work. Neither team scored in the period, but the Ducks didn't make any strides in trying to get back into the game. Ryan Getzlaf and John Tavares got into a fight in the middle of the period but both were assessed roughing minors. Bruce adjusted the defense so that Bieksa was paired with Holzer instead of Fowler, but it didn't really matter. Aside from that the period was very similar to the second period in New Jersey in that the Ducks did not allow a goal, but they did not come close to scoring either.

The third period saw the demotion of Getzlaf to the second line. Rickard Rakell was moved up with Corey Perry and Patrick Maroon, but offense was still hard to come by. There was a small sign of life when Josh Manson made it 3-2 on a rebound chance. Unfortunately an unlucky deflection turnover in the defensive zone turned into a 4-2 lead for the Islanders. The goal deflated the team and the Ducks basically coasted to the loss. The final score was 5-2 with an empty net goal with more than a minute remaining in the game.