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The New York Islanders are dominating

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UNIONDALE Adidas Dustin Tokarski Jersey , N.Y. (AP) — opponents with a smothering defense and timely scoring.They executed that winning formula to perfection on Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks.Cal Clutterbuck scored twice in the first period and Robin Lehner made 19 saves for his third shutout this season as the Islanders downed the Ducks 3-0 on Sunday for their fifth straight win.The victory was the 15th in 18 games for the Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders, who have surged past Washington and Columbus over the past month. The Islanders have one game remaining — Tuesday at Chicago — before the All-Star break.“We came out with a lot of energy. We work hard and frustrate the other team,” said Lehner, who continued his sterling comeback season, improving to 15-7-3. “You have to set the tone and there’s no reason to deviate now. We are playing our game.”Clutterbuck opened the scoring at 4:50 of the first with a power-play goal. The 31-year-old forward completed a slick passing sequence by whipping the puck from the slot past former Islanders goaltender Chad Johnson. It was the sixth straight game in which the Islanders scored first as they improved to 5-1-1 this season at their former full-time home, Nassau Coliseum.Josh Bailey and Anthony Beauviller assisted. Bailey moved past Bob Nystrom on the team’s all-time assist list with 279 and into a tie with Pat LaFontaine for 12th place. Bailey, who is tied with captain Anders Lee for second on the team in points with 37, has three goals and three assists in last seven games.Clutterbuck scored again from a nearly identical spot midway through the first for his sixth goal of the season.“There’s a lot of confidence in the way we are playing and it’s nice to get a couple,” Clutterbuck said. “It’s an affirmation that the style we have and the work we’ve been putting in is a winning structure.”Clutterbuck, in his sixth season with the Islanders, also scored in Friday’s 2-0 win at Washington, which moved the Islanders past the Capitals into the division lead. The Islanders are also 25-2-1 when scoring three or more goals this season.“It’s fun right now,” Clutterbuck said Adidas Robin Lehner Jersey , “but there’s still a long way to go.”Leo Komarov scored his sixth this season with 29 seconds remaining in the second period.The Islanders are 12-2-0 since rookie defenseman Devon Toews, who assisted on Komarov’s goal, joined the lineup for the first time on Dec 23.Lehner, who leads the league with a 2.02 goals-against average, won for the 11th time his last 12 games. The 27-year-old Swede has been a revelation since he signed a one-year free-agent contract with the Islanders last summer after he was let go by the Buffalo Sabres.“The defense is just helping me out and working hard,” he said.The Islanders have allowed one goal or fewer 16 times this season, including each of their last four games. They have surrendered two goals or fewer in nine of their last 12.“The last three games have been amazing — Jersey, Washington, we have really suffocated them,” Lehner said.The Islanders held the Capitals and Devils to less than 20 shots in their previous two wins, and then did it again against the Ducks, who came in with a two-game winning streak after losing their previous 12.“We did some good things but we didn’t do a lot of generating off the rush,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “We were trying to force things and we lacked execution.”NOTES: The Islanders scratched F Tom Kuhnhackl Adidas Leo Komarov Jersey , F Ross Johnston and D Luca Sbisa. … Anaheim scratched Ds Michael Del Zotto and Andre Sustr and F Justin Kloos. … The Ducks won this season’s previous meeting, 4-1, on Oct. 17 at Anaheim.UP NEXTIslanders: Visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night before the All-Star break.Ducks: Host the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday before the All-Star break. The Anaheim Ducks have already experienced one of their best starts in franchise history, followed by one of their longest losing streaks.They’ve also played better against teams that are off to good starts this season, and have been sub-par against those that haven’t started out so well.Anaheim will try to continue one of those trends when they host the Minnesota Wild on Friday night at Honda Center.Article continues below ...Minnesota (9-4-2) has won eight of its past 10 following a 3-1 victory at the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.The Ducks (7-7-3) are 5-3-2 this season against teams that came into Thursday with a winning record, and 2-4-1 against teams that were .500 or below.The Calgary Flames were riding a four-game winning streak when they visited Anaheim on Wednesday night and lost 3-2.“That’s a reward, definitely, after the work we’ve put in the last couple weeks,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said.Getzlaf scored the go-ahead goal against Calgary at 6:33 of the third period, giving him eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past six games.“He was a difference maker, for sure,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.Minnesota second-line center Eric Staal returned Thursday after missing the 4-3 loss at the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday because of an illness Adidas Valtteri Filppula Jersey , ending a streak of 335 straight appearances.Nino Niederreiter ended a 27-game goalless streak with a power-play score to tie the game 1-1 late in the first period. Zach Parise assisted on Niederreiter’s goal and scored in the second period to break the tie and earn the 700th point of his NHL career.“It’s always nice when you get to the milestones,” he told Fox Sports North.Minnesota goalie Alex Stalock is expected make his first NHL start against the Ducks in his eighth season. Devan Dubnyk played in Los Angeles on Thursday and made 27 saves.It will be Stalock’s fourth start this season.So far, he’s faced the top team in the Eastern Conference (a 5-4 overtime win against the Tampa Bay Lightning), the top team in the West (a 4-2 loss to the Nashville Predators) and, most recently, made 34 saves in a 4-3 win at the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 30.Stalock’s only two appearances against the Ducks came with the San Jose Sharks during the 2013-14 season. Both came in relief of Antti Niemi.Minnesota is 3-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.Ryan Miller was solid in goal against the Flames, but John Gibson is expected to be back in net against Minnesota.Gibson is 4-1-1 in his career against the Wild with a 1.57 goals-against average and .951 save percentage, his best marks against any team in the Western Conference.Cam Fowler earned the 203rd assist of his NHL career against the Flames, moving him within one of Scott Niedermayer (204) for the all-time franchise lead in assists among defensemen.Fowler had his first career hat trick in a 3-2 overtime victory against the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, ending Anaheim’s seven-game losing streak — one shy of the team record.
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