UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Despite outshooting the Islanders 40-14 and only taking one penalty in the game, the Ducks could not overcome an early deficit and were defeated 2-1 at Nassau Coliseum.
Yann Danis made 39 saves, and Kyle Okposo and Kurtis McLean scored goals to help the Islanders snap an eight-game losing streak with the victory.
Bobby Ryan scored his 15th goal of the season, which leads league rookies, for Anaheim. It was also Ryan's third straight game with a goal and his ninth in the last 10 games. Jean-Sebastien Giguere started in net and stopped five shots before being relieved by Jonas Hiller, who made seven more saves.
Danis earned his first win of the season, and New York won for the first time in 2009 after an 0-7-1 start.
For the first time in four games, the Islanders scored first. It took just 2:38 into the game while on their first power play for Okposo to whistle a slap shot from the top of the left circle into the short side.
The Islanders made it 2-0 at 14:35 when McLean, in just his second NHL game, scored his first career goal, ripping a slap shot from the top of the right circle that beat Giguere between his pads.
At that point, a very upset Giguere was replaced by Hiller.
Anaheim dominated play in the second period, and got one back at 16:45 when Ryan tipped a puck past Danis on a power play.
That gave Ryan goals in three straight games, and points in four. Along with being tops among NHL rookies in goals, Ryan is tied for second in rookie points with 30 on 15 goals and 15 assists.
The Islanders held on in the final period, despite being outshot 9-1.
Notes: New York was 4-1-0 in its five previous games against Anaheim. ... Anaheim has one more road game after the All-Star break, when it visits Phoenix. ... The Islanders are off until next Thursday when they visit Atlanta.
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