Ducks lose to New York Islanders, 4-3

Simon Holmstrom scored the tiebreaking, short-handed goal late with 1:33 left in regulation and the New York Islanders beat the Ducks 4-3 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.

Mathew Barzal, Kyle Palmieri and Casey Cizikas also scored, and Noah Dobson had two assists to help the Islanders improve to 6-0-1 in their last seven games. Semyon Varlamov made 20 saves.

The Islanders are 9-1-4 in their last 14 games and trail the first-place New York Rangers by just four points in the Metropolitan Division.

Holmstrom skated down the left wing and whipped the puck past Ducks goaltender John Gibson for his eighth goal of the season as the Islanders improved to 6-0-1 in their last seven games. Jean-Gabriel Pageau assisted on the winning goal, Holmstrom’s league-leading fourth short-handed goal this season.

“It was awesome,’’ the 22-year-old Swede said of his heroics, the latest go-ahead short-handed goal in regulation time in Islanders history. “I tried to get some speed and just shot it.”

Troy Terry, Adam Henrique and Sam Carrick scored for Anaheim, which has lost four straight and 12 of 13. Gibson finished with 30 saves.

“We slept-walked through the first period and kind of got traction as the game went on. I thought we played a solid third period,’’ Ducks coach Greg Cronin said. ”We just fumbled the power play at the end. There’s not much to say.”

Carrick scored at 5:07 of the third with Anaheim’s third straight goal after New York took a 2-0 lead in the second period. It was Carrick’s sixth of the season.

Barzal tied the score 3-3 on a one-timer off a pass from Bo Horvat at 7:46. It was his 10th goal of the season and gave him a team-leading 30 points.

Holmstrom got the tiebreaking goal with just under 1½ minutes to go, scoring his eighth goal just 12 seconds after defenseman Robert Bortuzzo was sent to the penalty box for tripping.

Palmieri scored 40 seconds into the second period to get the Islanders on the scoreboard first with his ninth.

Cizikas made it 2-0 at 6:32, finishing a give-and-go with Cal Clutterbuck. It was his fifth.

Terry scored his sixth at 7:47 to get the Ducks on the scoreboard and Henrique notched his sixth with 6:31 remaining in the middle period to tie the score 2-2.

Former Islander Ross Johnston received a warm ovation during a video tribiute midway through the first period. Johnston played parts of seven seasons with the Islanders before the Ducks claimed the left wing off waivers in October.

“I have a lot of great memories here, a lot of close teammates,’’ Johnston said. ”It’s special to be back. The tribute was a nice touch by the Islanders. I’m forever grateful for my time here.”

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