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Danis, McLean help Islanders snap skid

Jan 22, 2009 - 4:29 AM UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- Aesthetically pleasing it was not, but the New York Islanders finally notched their first victory of the calendar year.

Yann Danis made a career-high 39 saves and Kurtis McLean scored his first career goal as the Islanders snapped an eight-game losing streak Wednesday with a 2-1 triumph over the Anaheim Ducks.

Rookie Kyle Okposo netted a power-play goal in the first period and Frans Nielsen notched two assists for New York, which won for just the third time in its last 23 games (3-17-3).

"I'll take a little bit (of credit), but what a feeling to get the game-winner in only my second game, my first goal," McLean said. "All the guys have been congratulating me, and I'm sure my phone is going to be ringing off the hook tonight."

It was far from easy for the Islanders, who were outshot by a 40-14 margin.

New York, which actually was held without a shot for 26 minutes, 17 seconds, only broke the drought after a clearing attempt found its way on net with 4 1/2 minutes to play in the third period.

Despite the heavy workload, Danis was pleased to record his first NHL victory since November 15, 2005 while with the Montreal Canadiens.

"It's huge, it's a long time coming," Danis said. "I've been waiting for this for a while. The last few years were tough for me in the minors, and to be back with another organization, getting a shot and finally getting a win means a lot to me."

Rookie Bobby Ryan scored with the man advantage for Anaheim, which fell to 2-6-0 in its last eight games overall and 3-9-1 in its last 13 on the road.

"At the end of the day, we're not where we want to be," Ryan said. "We have to bear down, we have to contribute and realize there's points at hand that we need."

All-Star Jean-Sebastien Giguere allowed two goals on seven shots before being relieved by Jonas Hiller with 5:25 remaining in the first period. The Swiss goaltender stopped all seven shots he faced in relief.

"I thought the first one was a stoppable puck and the second one was a stoppable puck, simple as that," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "But when you pull the goalie, you have to think of why you're doing it. You're doing it to spark your team, and hopefully they'll come to the defense of their teammate."

Okposo opened the scoring just 2:38 into the first period, when he unleashed a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that beat Giguere just inside the left goalpost for his seventh goal of the season - and third with the man advantage.

McLean doubled the Islanders' advantage with 5:25 remaining in the session. The 28-year-old received a pass from Nielsen and blasted a shot just inside the right goalpost.

"It's just the way it went. Goalies can win or lose games for you in this league," Giguere said. "We didn't want to go on the break losing that game. We have to step back on the break and not worry about what happened, but worry about what's coming up."

The tally gave New York its first two-goal lead since January 6.

"After they scored those first two goals, we finally clicked and said, 'We're in a game here,' and then we started to play - and by then, it was too late," Anaheim's Corey Perry said. "We have to play a full 60 minutes, not a 55-minute game. Those first 10 minutes hurt us."

Defenseman Scott Niedermayer nearly got the Ducks on the scoreboard just under seven minutes remaining in the second period, but the All-Star's attempt caromed off the left goalpost before Danis alertly smothered the puck.

"We probably had 15-20 point-blank shots where it hit the post, he got a pad on it, whatever," Perry said. "It's been a while since that happened to us, and in those situations, you just have to keep bearing down, keep shooting the puck."

After his team posted a decided 19-5 advantage in shots in the second period, Ryan finally halved the deficit with 3:15 remaining in the session. Ryan deflected Perry's centering feed past Danis for his 15th of the season and seventh on the power play.

"We got the one lucky bounce over his shoulder, and that's how we have to score in games like this," Perry said.

Despite testing him repeatedly, the Ducks were unable to solve Danis again.

"I almost like it better getting a lot of shots than getting 15 shots in a game," Danis said. "It helps keep you in the game, keep you focused, and I felt comfortable the whole game."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    ANAHEIM 0 1 0 1
    NY ISLANDERS 2 0 0 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYI - (PP) KYLE OKPOSO 7 (MARK STREIT, FRANS NIELSEN) 2:38
    NYI - KURTIS MCLEAN 1 (FRANS NIELSEN, JACK HILLEN) 14:35
    2ND PRD: ANA - (PP) BOBBY RYAN 15 (COREY PERRY, SCOTT NIEDERMAYER)
    16:45
    3RD PRD: NONE
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    Jan 21 9:33 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    ANAHEIM 0 1 1
    NY ISLANDERS 2 0 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYI - (PP) KYLE OKPOSO 7 (MARK STREIT, FRANS NIELSEN) 2:38
    NYI - KURTIS MCLEAN 1 (FRANS NIELSEN, JACK HILLEN) 14:35
    2ND PRD: ANA - (PP) BOBBY RYAN 15 (COREY PERRY, SCOTT NIEDERMAYER)
    16:45
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    ANAHEIM 1
    NY ISLANDERS 2
    2ND PRD: ANA - (PP) BOBBY RYAN 15 (COREY PERRY, SCOTT NIEDERMAYER)
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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYI - (PP) KYLE OKPOSO 7 (MARK STREIT, FRANS NIELSEN) 2:38
    NYI - KURTIS MCLEAN 1 (FRANS NIELSEN, JACK HILLEN) 14:35
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    1ST PRD: NYI - KURTIS MCLEAN 1 (FRANS NIELSEN, JACK HILLEN) 14:35

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    1ST PRD: NYI - (PP) KYLE OKPOSO 7 (MARK STREIT, FRANS NIELSEN) 2:38

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